Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
19 March - 18 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:
No alerts this past week.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 14 April, general cargo ship DIAMOND 8 was seized by Philippine Navy in Zamboanga waters with a large consignment of smuggled rice from Vietnam.
B. (U) INDIA: On 13 April, suspected Sri Lankan pirates attacked an Indian fishing trawler, leaving four fishermen injured south-east of the Kodiyakkarai coast.
C. (U) SOUTH KOREA: On 13 April, coast guard forces seized a Chinese fishing boat for illegally operating in South Korean waters off the west coast.
D. (U) SRI LANKA: On 12 April, the Sri Lanka Navy caught three people attempting to smuggle 24.2 kg of gold from the country via the sea.
E. (U) INDONESIA: On 12 April, a shipment of luxury motorbikes and cars was seized in Jakarta onboard the Ro-Ro ship UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2 BAJAR FAHARI V.
F. (U) BANGLADESH: On 12 April, three robbers in a small boat boarded an anchored product tanker in Chittagong Anchorage.
G. (U) HONDURAS: On 8 April, an unoccupied yacht on a mooring was broken into, and the dinghy outboard engine stolen from West End, Roatan.
H. (U) RED SEA: On 8 April, a vessel's embarked security team fired warning shots after three white-hulled skiffs, each with seven to eight persons onboard, approached the ship in the Bab el Mandeb off Yemen.
I. (U) SAINT VINCENT and the GRENADINES: On 1 April, a local fisherman had a small boat stolen from Clifton Harbor.
J. (U) LATVIA: On 26 March, customs officers at the Freeport of Riga seized 17,472 pairs of counterfeit athletic shoes while checking two containers
K. (U) GUADELOUPE: On 9 March, a sailing yacht anchored about 150 meters from shore of Pigeon Island had its in-thewater dinghy stolen.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for April and May 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (MSCHOA)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for April and May 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)