Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
6 August - 5 September 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 incidents to report.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) UNITED KINGDOM: On 4 September, authorities announced the arrest of 5 persons on suspicion of drug smuggling after a search of their boat revealed approximately a ton of cocaine.
B. (U) MYANMAR: On 3 September, police shot and killed two armed robbers who tried to attack a ship docked in Twantay Canal.
C. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 3 September, two government-owned rescue speedboats were damaged when an improvised explosive device exploded at the Masbate City Port.
D. (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 1 September, the Iran-aligned armed Houthi movement targeted a Saudi Arabian warship off the coast of Saudi Arabia’s province of Jizan.
E. (U) COSTA RICA: On 29 August, authorities in Guanacaste seized a boat carrying 407 kilograms of cocaine and arrested three suspects.
F. (U) ITALY: On 29 August, police arrested two Ukrainian nationals accused of trafficking migrants from Turkey to Italy.
G. (U) ECUADOR: On 28 August, three persons in a small skiff attempted to board a container vessel underway near Guayaquil.
H. (U) UNITED STATES: On 27 August, authorities intercepted a small fishing boat approximately 15 miles west of Point Loma, California. Seventeen migrants were detained.
I. (U) BELGIUM: On 25 August, authorities announced they had seized approximately two tons of cocaine in the Port of Ghent.
J. (U) HAITI: On 22 August, two robbers boarded a chemical tanker anchored in Port Au Prince Anchorage.
K. (U) MALAYSIA: On 4 August, five armed men boarded a Malaysia-flagged oil tanker underway near Tanjung Kidurong, Bintulu.
L. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 1 August, a motorized banca sank shortly after an explosion at the Masbate City port in Barangay Bapor.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for September 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 September 2018. For further information, please email: email@example.com, or call Tel: 441 221 061 or 00870 773 120 215. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: India Navy convoy escort schedule for September 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 September 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 Naval Escort Task Group can be reached directly at (001) +1 646 466 9528 or (001) +1 646 466 9521. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. (MSCHOA)