Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
5 March - 4 April 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 threats to 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.
2. (U) Warnings and Advisories:
A. (U) U.S. Maritime Alert 2018-005A: Threat Type: Maritime Incident. Geographic Area: Southern Red Sea. A maritime incident has been reported in the southern Red Sea, approximately 30 nautical miles northwest of the Hanish Islands, in the vicinity of position 14:29.3N - 042:11.2E, on 3 April 2018. The incident has been confirmed. The nature of the incident is preliminarily assessed to be a projectile that resulted in hull penetration and minor damage above the waterline to a commercial oil tanker. Perpetrators are unknown. Exercise caution when transiting this area. Further updates will be provided when available. This alert will automatically expire on 10 April 2018. See U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-001 for additional information on this area. For any questions about this alert, contact MaradSecurity@dot.gov.
B. (U) UKMTO WARNING NOTICE 001/APR/2018 – UPDATE 001: Description: On 3 April 2018 at approximately 0915 UTC a merchant vessel reported an explosion in position 14:29N - 042:11E (southern Red Sea). At present, cause unknown. Investigations are currently ongoing. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to UKMTO via telephone. Any queries regarding this Warning Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further information. This Warning is not classified as a Maritime Security Event and has not been verified by UKMTO. This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region. UKMTO is not responsible for the accuracy of this reporting. UKMTO Watchkeeper email: email@example.com. Emergency Tel: +971 5055 23215, Tel: +442392222060, Fax: +971(0)43094254.
C. (U) MDAT-GoG ADVISORY 007/MAR/2018: Category: Sighting. Description: On 29 March at 0700 UTC, a merchant vessel reported being approached by a large fishing vessel (FV) in position 07:04N - 014:02W, not transmitting AIS. Two small skiffs were released from FV and approached the MV at speed. The MV used evasive maneuvers and now the vessel and crew safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to MDATGoG via phone call. Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0033 298 22 88 88 for further information. This advisory is not classified as a Maritime Security Event and has not been verified by MDAT-GoG. This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region. MDAT-GoG is not responsible for the accuracy of this reporting. MDAT-GOG Watchkeeper email: firstname.lastname@example.org, emergency Tel: +33(0) 298 22 88 88.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) RED SEA: On 3 April, suspected Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker, near Hodeida causing minor damage.
B. (U) ARABIAN SEA: On 31 March, a merchant vessel reported being fired upon 82 nm southeast of Sharkhat, Yemen.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 31 March, authorities announced the seizure of a large boat transporting a consignment of 130,000 liters of illegally refined diesel fuel from Rivers State to Calabar.
D. (U) SIERRA LEONE: On 29 March, a merchant vessel reported a suspicious approach 95 nm southwest of Freetown.
E. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 March, two robbers boarded a tanker berthed at MRS Terminal, Alpha Jetty, Lagos.
F. (U) PANAMA: On 27 March, authorities seized 240 kilos in a joint operation carried out in Panamanian waters.
G. (U) UNITED STATES: On 20 March, a robber stole an undetermined amount of cash from a cash register aboard a ferry ship transiting across Lake Champlain from Vermont to New York.
H. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 18 February, a family from Australia sailing around the world was stalked for four hours by 15 armed men in 5 skiffs in vicinity of Point B of the IRTC.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for April 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 April 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)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for April 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)