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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

3 September - 3 October 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 006/SEP/2018: Category: Attempted theft. Description: On Sunday, 30 September 2018 at 0402 UTC, in position 04:54N - 001:41W, Takoradi Anchorage, a vessel was boarded by two people via the anchor chain. The crew raised the alarm and the two intruders left the vessel. Nothing was stolen. Crew and vessel are safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG via phone call. Any queries regarding this Advisory 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.

B. (U) MARAD Advisory 2018-013-North Korea Sanctions Evasion-Global. This Advisory supersedes U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-005. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard, issued an advisory on 23 February 2018, to alert persons globally to deceptive shipping practices used by North Korea to evade sanctions. These practices may create significant sanctions risk for parties involved in the shipping industry, including insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, and financial institutions. Guidance: The North Korea Sanctions Advisory is available at: Contact Information: Contacts are provided within the North Korea Sanctions Advisory. Cancellation: This advisory will automatically expire on 13 March 2019.

3. (U) Summary

A. (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 30 September, a Saudi-led military coalition foiled an attack by two explosives-laden remote controlled boats against Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Port.

B. (U) GHANA: On 30 September, two robbers boarded a vessel anchored in Takoradi anchorage.

C. (U) EL SALVADOR: On 28 September, naval forces intercepted a suspicious craft in the Gulf of Fonseca and seized 552 kilograms of cocaine. D. (U) INDIA: On 27 September, customs officials seized a consignment of 3 million smuggled cigarettes from 3 shipping containers in the Port of Chennai.

E. (U) IRELAND: On 26 September, customs officials in the Port of Dublin seized 25,700 bottles of smuggled beer.

F. (U) MALAYSIA: On 26 September, two men armed with machetes boarded a drilling rig anchored 1.5 nm southeast of Tanjung Bulat, Johor.

G. (U) GUYANA: On 22 September, officials seized 80,000 liters of smuggled diesel aboard a fishing vessel.

H. (U) GABON: On 22 September, a Senegalese flag long liner was detained for alleged illegal fishing of sharks.

4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements

A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for October 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 October 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 October 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: Pakistan Navy convoy schedule for October 2018. The application deadline is at least 1 day prior to the convoy escort. To register with the Pakistan Navy Convoy, please send an email to: (MSCHOA)

E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: South Korea Navy convoy schedule for October 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) +1 646 466 9528 or (001) +1 646 466 9521. Email: or (MSCHOA)

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