Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
15 October - 14 November 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) MDAT-GoG Advisory 001/NOV/2018: Category: Attack. Description: On 11 November 2018 at 0600 UTC, in position 05:08N - 005:20E, 10 nm off of the mouth of the River Niger, a vessel was attacked by eight armed men in dark clothes with covered faces in a small blue-colored boat. The merchant vessel and crew are now safe. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG via phone call. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, emergency tel: +33(0) 298 22 88 88.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: On 9 November, a robber boarded a sailing yacht anchored in Luperon.
B. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: On 9 November, Indian Navy Ship SUNAYNA interdicted several boats carrying weapons in a position approximately 400 nm northeast of Mogadishu, Somalia. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
C. (U) AUSTRALIA: On 7 November, an Indonesian fishing vessel and its crew of five men were apprehended off the coast of Western Australia.
D. (U) MOROCCO: On 7 November, Moroccan naval forces rescued approximately 140 migrants off its Mediterranean coast.
E. (U) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: On 29 October, yacht owners returned to their yacht anchored in Luperon to find that it had been boarded and ransacked.
F. (U) BAHAMAS: On 14 October, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) escorted three “motherships” with 124 fishermen from the Dominican Republic to the capital after they were turned over to the Defence Force by the Cuban Border Patrol the day before on suspicion of illegal fishing.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for November 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 November 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 November 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: Pakistan Navy convoy schedule for November 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: email@example.com. (MSCHOA)
E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: South Korea Navy convoy schedule for November 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. (MSCHOA)