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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

10 September - 10 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 001/OCT/2018: Category: Attempted theft. Description: On Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at 0315 UTC, in position 04:53N - 001:45W, Takoradi Anchorage, a merchant vessel was boarded by one person via the anchor chain. The person left the vessel when spotted by a security patrol. Nothing was stolen. Crew and vessel are safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG via email. 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.

3. (U) Summary

A. (U) GHANA: On 9 October, one robber boarded anchored vessel near in Takoradi Anchorage.

B. (U) VENEZUELA: On 8 October, authorities found 147.5 kilograms of cocaine attached to the hull, below the waterline, of chemical tanker JOSE PROGRESS, berthed at Jose Petrochemical Complex.

C. (U) VIETNAM: On 5 October, authorities seized more than 8 tons of pangolin scales and ivory concealed in a plastic waste container at Tien Sa port in Danang.

D. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 5 October, a sea marshal was wounded after a man attacked him with a knife during a security inspection onboard the passenger vessel EVER QUEEN OF ASIA.

E. (U) ECUADOR: On 4 October, authorities seized a shipment of 296 kilograms of cocaine in a vessel that stopped at Puerto Bolivar, El Oro province.

F. (U) RUSSIA: On 4 October, customs authorities detained the captain of North Korea-flagged cargo ship TU RU BONG 2 when a search revealed $180,000 of undeclared cash in several large black plastic bags.

G. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 3 October, three men wearing facial masks armed with two pistols and one M16 rifle boarded a fishing banca in the waters between Guimaras Island and Negros Occidental.

H. (U) LATVIA: On 3 October, police and Border Guard forces freed a man kidnapped on a yacht going from Sweden to Latvia.

I. (U) FRENCH POLYNESIA: On 2 October, a sailing yacht anchored in Papeete Marina was boarded.

J. (U) ECUADOR: On 2 October; robbers boarded a Singapore-flagged container ship MAERSK NEWBURY while transiting under pilot at the Guayaquil River.

K. (U) SOLOMON ISLANDS: On 27 September, authorities found 500 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the sailing yacht VIEX MALIN off Honiara.

L. (U) CAMEROON: On 31 August, two robbers boarded an anchored Panama-flagged general cargo ship near Kribi.

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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