Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
8 January - 7 February 2018
Table of Contents
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) NIGERIA: On 7 February, a vessel underway to Lagos, was suspiciously approached by one skiff 52 nm south of Bonny.
B. (U) TAIWAN: On 4 February, more than 13 tons, or about 4,000, descaled and disemboweled pangolins were discovered in a cargo container at Kaohsiung’s Pier 66.
C. (U) TAIWAN: On 4 February, police raided a fishing boat at a pier in Kaohsiung and seized 1,289 kilograms of ketamine in the biggest drug bust in Taiwan's history.
D. (U) NIGERIA: On 2 February, five staff of an oil company who were kidnapped last month were freed after spending 19 days in captivity.
E. (U) BENIN: On 1 February, product tanker MARINE EXPRESS was hijacked while at anchor near Cotonou.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 31 January, one robber boarded an anchored product tanker in Lagos Anchorage.
G. (U) INDONESIA: On 3 January, five robbers boarded an anchored merchant vessel 22 nm north-northeast of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan.
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 http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/maritime/maritime_fr2_000000.html, 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: INFO-PIRACY@mlit.go.jp. (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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for February 2018. For further information, please e-mail UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 3 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit ww.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or fax at 91- 22-22613636. (MSCHOA)