Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
14 May - 13 June 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 current incidents to report. 3. (U) Summary
A. (U) LIBYA: On 10 June, Libyan Coast Guard units intercepted 152 African and Arab migrants off the northwestern towns of Zuwara and Garabulli.
B. (U) MOROCCO: On 10 June, the navy rescued 472 migrants in the vicinity of Gibraltar.
C. (U) LIBYA: Between 9 and 10 June, the migrant rescue ship AQUARIUS rescued 629 migrants during six different operations.
D. (U) SINT MAARTEN: On 8 June, a robber boarded an unlocked catamaran berthed at Blue Pearl Marina.
E. (U) SEYCHELLES: On 7 June, the Seychelles Coast Guard patrol ship intercepted a Sri Lanka-flagged fishing vessel on suspicion of illegal fishing.
F. (U) BULGARIA: On 7 June, authorities in the Port of Varna intercepted 16.2 tons of precursor chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
G. (U) ITALY: On 7 June, authorities intercepted a Dutch fishing boat 130 nm southeast of Sicily. A search of the ship revealed 10 tons of hashish.
H. (U) MAURITANIA: On 5 June, Mauritanian military officers arrested 50 Senegalese nationals aboard a boat near the port city of Nouadhibou.
I. (U) ARABIAN SEA: Between 3 and 5 June, the Australian warship HMAS WARRAMUNGA seized three large-scale drug shipments totaling more than 5.9 tons from vessels in the Arabian Sea.
J. (U) ITALY: On 4 June, authorities in Portofino arrested a 50-year old woman from England for the hijacking of a yacht owned by a local boat rental company.
K. (U) HONG KONG: On 4 June, authorities seized 7,000 kilograms of suspected smuggled mercury.
L. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 3 June, one robber boarded a catamaran anchored in South Glossy Bay.
M. (U) KENYA: On 2 June, 109 Tanzanian fishermen were arrested by Kenya Defense Forces officers for engaging in illegal fishing within Kenya's territorial waters.
N. (U) MALAYSIA: On 31 May, fourteen intruders boarded and attempted to rob a Mongolia-flagged oil tanker while anchored 34 nm east of Mersing.
O. (U) HONG KONG: On 30 May, Customs officers discovered nearly six tons of endangered rosewood in a shipment of gypsum boards from Malaysia
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for 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: India Navy convoy escort schedule for June and July 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)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korea Navy convoy schedule for June and July 2018. All merchant vessels wishing to join the convoy group must submit their application forms directly to the ROK naval warship carrying out t