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Office of Naval Intelligence ONI  - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report #marsec #piracy #shipp

Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report

1 - 31 January 2018

Table of Contents

1.Scope Note


3.Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories

4.Details: Monthly Incidents by Region

5.Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources

6.Appendix B: Terminology and References

1. (U) Scope Note

1. (U) The Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message provides information on piracy threats to, and criminal action against or that involves merchant vessels, the shipping industry, and other maritime stakeholders worldwide in the last 30 days. This report is produced primarily to inform merchant mariners and naval forces.

3. (U) Summary

A. (U) VIETNAM: On 31 January, two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Godau Port.

B. (U) VENEZUELA: On 30 January, seven robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker in Puerto La Cruz Anchorage. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 4

C. (U) BANGLADESH: On 30 January, five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Kutubdia Anchorage.

D. (U) COLOMBIA: On 29 January, the Colombian Navy announced that it had prevented the transport of drugs which were found onboard a merchant ship.

E. (U) OMAN: On 28 January, authorities announced that they had successfully boarded a fishing boat and seized over a thousand packets of Khat.

F. (U) HAITI: On 27 January, robbers boarded an anchored product tanker in Port au Prince Inner Anchorage.

G. (U) PERU: On 27 January, three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Callao Anchorage.

H. (U) NIGERIA: On 27 January, a duty crewman onboard an anchored product tanker in Lagos STS Anchorage.

I. (U) BANGLADESH: On 26 January, one robber boarded a merchant ship anchored in Chittagong B Anchorage.

J. (U) INDONESIA: On 26 January, two robbers boarded the tug DABO 105 in the Strait of Berhala.

K. (U) CAYMAN ISLANDS: On 25 January, five men were intercepted by police in two separate boats and have been charged with various offences relating to both drug trafficking and human smuggling.

L. (U) ST LUCIA: On 25 January, a dinghy was stolen from a dock in Rodney Bay.

M. (U) SAINT VINCENT and the GRENADINES: On 25 January, thieves boarded an anchored sailing yacht in Buccament Bay.

N. (U) IVORY COAST: On 25 January, authorities seized 600 kilograms of elephant tusks and 600 kilograms of pangolin scales.

O. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Australian and New Zealand joint forces seized 915 kilograms of heroin, valued in excess of $274 Million.

P. (U) GUINEA: On 23 January, one robber attempted to board a container ship in Conakry Port Terminal.

Q. (U) NIGERIA: On 23 January, gunmen attacked a marine police base in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa killing two policemen on guard duty.

R. (U) HONG KONG: On 23 January, Hong Kong police arrested two men and seized over USD 1 million worth of smuggled goods destined for the black market in mainland China.

S. (U) CAMEROON: On 21 January, a suspected robber boarded a merchant vessel berthed at Douala port.

T. (U) HONDURAS: On 18 January, a sailing yacht bound for Panama was approached suspiciously by a fishing boat near Gordo Bank.

U. (U) NIGERIA: On 17 January, five oil workers were kidnapped in Nigeria’s restive southern Niger Delta region.

V. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 1 January, seven robbers boarded an anchored container ship in Manila South Harbor Anchorage.

4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements

A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for February 2018. To apply for JMSDF escort, visit, please contact directly the Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Office, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT), Japan: Tel: +81-3-5253-8932; Fax: +81-3-5253-1643. Email: (MSCHOA)

B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for February 2018. All merchant vessels wishing to join the convoy group must submit their application forms directly to the ROK naval warship carrying out the mission. The ROK MTG can be reached directly at 001-646-466-9522. Email: (MSCHOA)

C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for February 2018. For further information, please e-mail, or call Tel 86 10 652 92218; or 86 10 652 92296. (MSCHOA)

D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for February 2018. To register, email; or visit Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or fax at 91- 22-22613636. (MSCHOA)

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