Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
15 January - 14 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 13 February, customs officials said they had seized banned drugs, including the powerful pain killer Tramadol in Lagos.
B. (U) BANGLADESH: On 11 February, five robbers armed with knives in a small boat attempted to board a bulk carrier anchored in Chittagong Anchorage.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 9 February, a merchant vessel reported being attacked 45 nm southwest of Bonny. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
D. (U) CAMEROON: On 9 February, criminals armed with AK-47 assault rifles boarded a fishing vessel 10 nm southwest of Idenao, kidnapped three crew members and escaped.
E. (U) INDIA: On 9 February, one robber attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier in Diamond Harbor Anchorage.
F. (U) MEXICO: On 7 February, 42 kilos of pure cocaine, packed in two sealed bundles, were found attached to underwater hull of M/V VLCS CAUTIN at Lazaro Cardenas port.
G. (U) SRI LANKA: On 6 February, Sri Lanka Navy personnel arrested two individuals in the northern seas foiling an attempt to smuggle 3.7 kilograms of gold out of the country.
H. (U) BANGLADESH: On 6 February, four robbers armed with guns boarded a general cargo vessel anchored in Chittagong Anchorage C.
I. (U) US VIRGIN ISLANDS: On 5 February, a yacht on E dock at the American Yacht Harbor had its locked 15-foot dinghy stolen overnight.
J. (U) US VIRGIN ISLANDS: On 3 February, a 16-foot dinghy locked to a yacht was stolen overnight from the Muller Bay area of Red Hook anchorage.
K. (U) HONG KONG: On 16 January, customs officials seized 29,232 kilograms of suspected Honduran rosewood from a container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound.
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: email@example.com. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for February 2018. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com; or visit ww.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or fax at 91- 22-22613636. (MSCHOA)