Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
11 June - 11 July 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:
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) RED SEA: On 11 July, a merchant vessel transiting 15 nm south of the Hanish Islands, reported that a group of skiffs approached the vessel.
B. (U) MALAYSIA: On 10 July, robbers boarded a tanker berthed in Sandakan Port, Sabah, stole ships properties and escaped unseen.
C. (U) MEXICO: On 9 July, Navy personnel seized 250-kilograms of cocaine and apprehended two men aboard a small boat traveling off the coast of Guerrero.
D. (U) TURKEY: On 9 July, authorities in the port of Mersin confiscated 14.9-tons of acetic anhydride hidden in a truck traveling in a Turkey-flagged ro-ro ship from Italy. The chemical is used in the production of heroin.
E. (U) HONG KONG: On 8 July, authorities seized about 8,700-kilograms of suspected Thailand rosewood.
F. (U) DUBAI: On 8 July, Dubai police announced the arrest of four gangs planning to steal and smuggle 46 luxury cars out of the country in shipping containers.
G. (U) UNITED STATES: On 6 July, a US Coast Guard and a Jamaica Defence Force joint operation interdicted a boat attempting to smuggle 2,116-pounds of marijuana into Key West, Florida.
H. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 5 July, a robber boarded an LNG tanker anchored in Batangas Anchorage.
I. (U) LEBANON: On 4 July, authorities in the Port of Beirut seized a consignment of 2 million Captagon pills hidden in wood cutting equipment.
J. (U) ITALY: On 3 July, authorities in the port of Crotone found a Ukraine-flagged sailing yacht carrying 71 migrants.
K. (U) NIGERIA: On 3 July, a skiff followed a tug for 5 hours in an area approximately 220 nm southwest of Bayelsa state.
L. (U) EAST CHINA SEA: On 29 June, a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel spotted the North Korean-flagged tanker AN SAN 1 alongside a ship of unknown nationality in waters 350 kilometers south-southeast of Shanghai, China.
M. (U) INDONESIA: On 26 May, one robber attempted to board a bulk carrier anchored 5 nm southeast of Bontang.