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Office of Naval Intelligence ONI  - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report #marsec #piracy #shipp

Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report

20 August - 19 September 2018

Table of Contents

1.Scope Note


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) MDAT-GoG ADVISORY 001/SEP/2018: Category: Boarding. Description: On 17 September 2018 at 0310 UTC, a merchant vessel was boarded by four armed pirates at Conakry anchorage at 09:20N - 013:43W. They boarded via the anchor chain. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG via email from company. Any queries regarding this Warning Notice ring 0033 298 22 88 88 for further information. This advisory is not classified as a Maritime Security Event and has not been verified by MDAT-GoG. This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region. MDAT-GoG is not responsible for the accuracy of this reporting. MDAT-GoG Watchkeeper email:, emergency tel: +33(0) 298 22 88 88.

3. (U) Summary

A. (U) RED SEA: On 18 September, a frigate reportedly attacked a fishing boat off Yemen’s Red Sea port of al-Khoukha, killing 18 fishermen.

B. (U) TUNISIA: On 17 September, the coast guard intercepted a Libyan fishing vessel and detained three Egyptian crew members over illegal fishing off the southeastern coast. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2

C. (U) GUINEA: On 17 September, four armed robbers boarded a tanker STI HAMMERSMITH anchored in Conakry Anchorage.

D. (U) UNITED STATES: On 16 September, authorities intercepted a boat with 19 people aboard, all suspected of trying to enter the United States illegally.

E. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 16 September, six persons, in two skiffs approached an asphalt tanker underway 4 nm southwest of Balabac Island.

F. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 16 September, three Indonesian fishermen held by members of a notorious Islamist kidnap-forransom group walked free 18 months after they were abducted off the southern Philippines.

G. (U) NIGERIA: On 12 September, the Nigerian Navy apprehended a vessel, MV SKYE, with 524 metric tons of illegal crude.

H. (U) THAILAND: On 11 September, authorities boarded the tanker CHOR TARASAMUT 2 and arrested the crew of six on suspicion of fuel smuggling.

I. (U) MALAYSIA: On 11 September, robbers boarded a berthed bulk carrier via the anchor chain in Sandakan Port, Sabah.

J. (U) INDONESIA: On 10 September, two robbers boarded a Saudi Arabia-flagged tanker berthed at the Tarahan Jetty.

K. (U) BANGLADESH: On 10 September, two robbers armed with knives boarded a container vessel anchored in Chittagong Anchorage.

L. (U) CAMEROON: On 7 September, the navy seized three Nigerian vessels with weapons and mercenaries onboard intended to support separatists in the Anglophone regions.

M. (U) VENEZUELA: On 7 September, six robbers boarded a Singapore-flagged oil tanker in Jose Anchorage.

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, 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: (MSCHOA)

B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: China Navy convoy schedule for September 2018. For further information, please email:, 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; or visit 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: or (MSCHOA)

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