Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
28 May - 27 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:
1. (U) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 002/JUN/2018: Category: Suspicious Approach. Description: At 0708 UTC on 26 June 2018, an MV in position 13:30N - 042:43E was approached by 2 speedboats with 8-10 persons in each boat. Armed security team showed weapons and speedboats departed. Speedboats had previously approached 2 other MVs in the vicinity. Vessel is safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to UKMTO via email. Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further information. This advisory 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, www.ukmto.org. 3. (U) Summary
A. (U) RED SEA: On 26 June, a merchant vessel in transit reported a suspicious approach by 2 speedboats 10 nm south of Jazirat al Hanish al Jabir Island, Yemen.
B. (U) LIBYA: On 24 June, the Libyan Navy intercepted 948 African migrants in three separate operations off the northwest town of Garabulli.
C. (U) CANARY ISLANDS: On 24 June, Spanish authorities announced they had seized 1,850 kilograms of cocaine from a 12-meter, UK-flagged yacht. D. (U) NIGERIA: On 24 June, Nigerian Navy arrested eight men on suspicion of smuggling when the officials found 3,434 bags of contraband rice in their wooden boat in Calabar.
E. (U) ITALY: On 22 June, the container ship ALEXANDER MAERSK picked up 113 migrants from a boat off southern Italy.
F. (U) EAST CHINA SEA: On 21 and 22 June, Japan reported suspected ship-to-ship goods transfers involving a North Korean tanker on the high seas in violation of UN sanctions.
G. (U) LIBYA: On 21 June, Coast Guard authorities picked up 301 African migrants from two inflatable boats after their engines failed near its western coast.
H. (U) MEXICO: On 21 June, the master of container ship MSC PERLE reported to Manzanillo Port Authorities that the crew found suspicious packages in a seawater inlet in the engine room. A thorough search was carried out by authorities and 58 kilograms of marijuana were seized.
I. (U) GULF OF MEXICO: On 17 June, two crewmen aboard Malta-flagged ship M/V SOLITAIRE, got into an altercation. One of the crewmen, from the Philippines, hit the other with a length of pipe, causing severe injuries.
J. (U) ECUADOR: On 17 June, authorities in the port of Guayaquil found 1,289 kilograms of cocaine in a shipping container listed to carry a consignment of frozen shrimp.
K. (U) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN: On 16 June, U.S. and Chinese authorities announced that they had boarded and then detained the China-flagged fishing vessel F/V RUN DA suspected of illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing activity.
L. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: On 8 June, the naval task force Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) reported that the French frigate, NIVÔSE, had seized 251 kilograms of heroin from a dhow off the Somali coast.
M. (U) INDONESIA: On 16 May, five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored Panama-flagged bulk carrier using a rope in Tarahan Anchorage, Indonesia.
N. (U) VIETNAM: On 3 May, authorities in the port of Saigon found 3.3 tons of pangolin scales smuggled from Africa. The container was declared to be carrying dried cashew nuts.
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)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: China Navy convoy schedule for June 2018. For further information, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call Tel 00870 773 120 772. (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 the mission. The ROK MTG can be reached directly at 001-646-466-9522. Email: email@example.com. (MSCHOA)