Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
26 March - 25 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:
1. (U) MDAT-GOG ADVISORY 001/APR/2018: Category: Boarding. Description: On 21 April 2018, a merchant vessel was boarded in the vicinity of 03:33N 007:02E (approximately 40 nm south of Bonny Island, Nigeria). Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. 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: email@example.com, emergency tel: +33(0) 298 22 88 88.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) SPAIN: On 22 April, Customs Department in the port of Algeciras seized 8,740 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container of bananas from Colombia.
B. (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 22 April, authorities seized 2,851,500 amphetamine tablets and 1.5 kilograms of opium on a boat off the coast of Tabuk.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 21 April, the Netherlands-flagged cargo ship FWN RAPIDE was hijacked 38 nm south-southwest of UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2 Bonny Island. Eleven crewmen are believed to have been kidnapped.
D. (U) CAMEROON: On 21 April, two robbers attempted to board a berthed utility vessel via the scaffolding installed at the stern in Douala Port.
E. (U) INDONESIA: On 21 April, robbers in a boat approached an anchored bulk carrier and attempted to board via the anchor chain in Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda.
F. (U) INDONESIA: On 21 April, robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway 4.7 nm northeast of Nongsa, Pulau Batam.
G. (U) VIETNAM: On 20 April, six Vietnamese fishermen were rescued after their boat was allegedly sunk by two Chinese vessels in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands.
H. (U) INDONESIA: On 20 April, robbers attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier in Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda.
I. (U) GUYANA: On 20 April, a ship named JUBILEE was seized by Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) authorities on suspicion of fuel smuggling.
J. (U) SPAIN: On 20 April, agents of the Spanish Civil Guard and the Tax Agency intercepted 325 kilograms of cocaine in two shipping containers of fruit that arrived at the Port of Valencia.
K. (U) INDONESIA: On 18 April, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda.
L. (U) BANGLADESH: On 17 April, six robbers tried to board an anchored general cargo vessel in Chittagong Anchorage.
M. (U) UNITED STATES: On 14 April, authorities conducting a joint operation intercepted a go-fast type boat carrying 491.5 kilograms of cocaine and 9 kilograms of heroin.
N. (U) ECUADOR: On 10 April, Navy personnel intercepted the ship SOUTH KING and detained 23 crew members and 1,500 kilograms of cocaine.
O. (U) CURACAO: On 8 April, two outboard motors were stolen from two different boats in Spanish Water.
P. (U) COLOMBIA: On 3 April, a dinghy and outboard motor were stolen from a sailing yacht anchored in Cabo de la Vela
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 and May 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)