Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
29 October - 28 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 003/NOV/2018: Category: Hijacking. Description: On Friday 23 November 2018 at 0200 UTC, four trawlers were attacked by an unknown number of pirates in position 04:18N - 008:47E, bearing 160°, 12 nm from Bakassi Peninsula. The ships have been released and are now safe. Patrol boats are investigating the area. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG via industrial partner and local MOC (MARITIME OPERATIONAL CENTRE). 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.
B. (U) MDAT-GOG Advisory 002/NOV/2018: Category: Boarding. Description: On 22 November 2018 at 0050 UTC, in position 04:13N - 008:03E, 19 nm from shore, a vessel was boarded by armed men. Pirates escaped onboard a blue hulled boat following intervention from a security vessel. Direction of escape unknown. The merchant vessel and crew are safe. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area. Source: 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.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) PAKISTAN: On 26 November, authorities announced that a joint maritime operation in Ormara town in Gwadar District had seized 1500 kilograms of hashish.
B. (U) UKRAINE: On 25 November, Russian forces seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait.
C. (U) PERU: On 24 November, one robber boarded a vehicle carrier anchored in Callao Anchorage.
D. (U) SOUTH ATLANTIC: On 22 November, tuna fishing vessel F/V OCEANO PESCA 1 was rammed by Chinese tuna vessel F/V CHANG RONG 4 in an area 430 nm east of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
E. (U) NIGERIA: On 22 November, a merchant vessel was boarded by armed pirates 19 nm south of the Kwa Ibo coast.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 21 November, a robber boarded a tanker anchored in Lagos Anchorage.
G. (U) GUINEA: On 21 November, eight robbers armed with guns and knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Conakry anchorage. H. (U) INDIA: On 17 November, robbers boarded an anchored product tanker in Kakinada Anchorage.
I. (U) ENGLAND: On 13 November, authorities seized 1,064 kilograms of contraband tobacco offloaded from a boat in the Port of Cornwall.
J. (U) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: On 10 November, thieves broke into an unoccupied but well locked yacht anchored in Luperon.
K. (U) LIBERIA: On 7 November, an environmental NGO assisted the Liberian Coast Guard in the arrest of a foreign-flagged industrial trawler caught in artisanal fishing waters.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for November and December 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 and December 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 and December 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 and December 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) F. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Russian Navy convoy escort schedule for December 2018. For further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)