Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
9 July - 8 August 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:
A. (U) No current items to report.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) ITALY: On 9 August, Italian police announced they had intercepted the Panama-flagged research ship REMUS and took the ship to Sicily for further investigation. A search of the ship revealed 20 tons of hashish hidden in the ship’s fuel tanks.
B. (U) BRAZIL: On 5 August, robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored in Macapa Anchorage unnoticed. The robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped.
C. (U) INDONESIA: On 3 August, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Tanjung Priok Anchorage, Jakarta, stole engine spares and escaped. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
D. (U) GHANA: On 3 August, authorities arrested 17 persons suspected to be part of a cartel dealing in the smuggling of petroleum products.
E. (U) COLOMBIA: On 2 August, the container ship M/V CAP SAN TAINARO was intercepted by Colombian Navy and fast response team in the Caribbean off Cartagena. Anti-drug team boarded the ship, checked containers and found in one of them 1,144 kilograms of cocaine.
F. (U) BANGLADESH: On 2 August, six robbers in a small boat boarded an anchored tanker in Kutubdia Anchorage, using a hook attached with a rope. They stole ship’s stores and properties and escaped.
G. (U) PORTUGAL On 1 August, an elite unit of Portugal's maritime police rescued a French citizen who was kidnapped and held captive on his own yacht by a compatriot accused of drug dealing.
H. (U) INDONESIA: On 1 August, five robbers boarded duty personnel onboard a bulk carrier anchored in Samarinda Anchorage.
I. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 28 July, one robber attempted to board a duty crewman on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier anchored in Batangas Anchorage.
J. (U) COSTA RICA: On 28 July, Authorities detained two suspects aboard a homemade submarine transporting 1,200 kilograms of cocaine in the Punta Burica area.
K. (U) MOZAMBIQUE: On 26 July, one robber boarded a berthed product tanker in the Port of Nacala.
L. (U) IVORY COAST: On 22 July, three robbers in a small boat boarded an anchored product tanker in Abidjan, Anchorage
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for August 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 August 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)