Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
23 April - 23 May 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) MARAD 2018-008-Measles Outbreak-Global: Reference: Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Alert Notice on Measles: (https://go.usa.gov/xQU8G). Issue: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles Outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including areas in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. Worldwide, 19 cases of measles per 1 million persons are reported each year; about 89,780 die. In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. Guidance: U.S. maritime industry stakeholders are advised to follow CDC guidelines for vaccinations. Further updates will be provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: https://go.usa.gov/xQU8G. Contact Information: Any questions regarding this advisory should be directed to the CDC at: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/dcs/contactus/form. 5. Cancellation: This advisory will automatically expire on 13 November 2018.
2. (U) MDAT-GoG Advisory 003/MAY/2018: Category: Attempted boarding. Description: At 2255UTC on 21 May 2018, in position 03:46N - 001:30E (approximately 140 nm south of Lome, Togo) an attempt was made by one individual to board an MV. The attempt was thwarted by a crewmember and the perpetrator fled in a skiff with a further six POB. Vessel and crew are safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG via telephone. 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 UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2 reporting. MDAT-GoG Watchkeeper email: firstname.lastname@example.org, emergency Tel: +33(0) 298 22 88 88. 3. (U) Summary A. (U) NIGERIA: On 23 May, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying that 11 kidnapped crew of Dutch freighter FWN RAPIDE were released.
B. (U) RED SEA: On 23 May, UAE coalition forces had destroyed five boats threatening merchant shipping.
C. (U) GULF OF GUINEA: On 21 May, one pirate attempted to board a drifting product tanker approximately 140 nm south of Lome, Togo.
D. (U) BRAZIL: On 20 May, officials from the state of Maranhão said a local fishing boat found a drifting vessel with 27 people aboard, including migrants from Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde, along with two Brazilians.
E. (U) SPAIN: On 19 May, the Spanish National Police intercepted a fishing boat 110 nm off the eastern Spanish coast, carrying 15 tons of hashish.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 May, seven robbers attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier using a rope attached to a hook in Lagos Anchorage.
G. (U) INDIA: On 19 May, officials announced they had broken a fuel smuggling ring in the port of Kandla.
H. (U) INDONESIA: On 19 May, three robbers armed with knives, boarded a bulk carrier anchored in Merak Anchorage.
I. (U) INDONESIA: On 19 May, six robbers boarded a tanker underway 2.5 nm east-northeast of Pulau Karimun Kecil.
J. (U) PACIFIC OCEAN: On 17 May, an Indonesian fisherman aboard F/V MING MAN HSIANG No. 38 was reported missing approximately 530 nautical miles northeast of Guam, after a fight with another crewman.
K. (U) SOMALIA: On 17 May, local media announced that Al-Shabab extremists had resumed exports of charcoal from the port of Burgabo, a small coastal town situated south of Kismayo city in the Lower Jubba region.
L. (U) MEXICO: On 16 May, the Mexican Navy seized a boat carrying a shipment of 1.3 tons of cocaine off the Pacific coast in the state of Michoacan.
M. (U) INDONESIA: On 15 May, robbers boarded a product tanker anchored in Tanjung Uban anchorage.
N. (U) HONG KONG: On 15 May, Customs officials impounded a shipping container found to be carrying 630 kilograms of smuggled pangolin scales and 2,660 kilograms of smuggled mercury.
O. (U) PUERTO RICO: On 14 May, authorities intercepted a 28-foot boat near Cabo Rojo. An inspection of the boat found 601 kilograms of cocaine.
P. (U) INDONESIA: On 5 May, robbers boarded a tanker anchored 12 nm north-northeast of Tanjung Berakit, Bintan Island.
Q. (U) TAIWAN: On 4 May, police and Customs officials in Keelung cracked a firearms smuggling ring and confiscated guns and ammunition 4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for May and June 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)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for May and June 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)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for May and June 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)