Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
12 November - 12 December 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) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 001/DEC/2018: Category: Suspicious Approach. Description: On 13 December 2018 at approximately 0845Z a merchant vessel in position: 11:57N - 045:00E, 48 nm south-southeast of Aden, Yemen, was approached by a large number of fast moving skiffs with 4 to 5 persons onboard each skiff. Embarked security team fired warning shots. Crew and vessel are safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. Source: Reported to UKMTO. Any queries regarding this advisory notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further information. This advisory is not classified as a maritime security event and has not been verified by UKMTO. This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region. UKMTO is not responsible for the accuracy of this reporting. UKMTO watchkeeper email: email@example.com, emergency tel: +971 5055 23215.
3. (U) Summary
A. RED SEA: On 13 December, a merchant vessel reported a suspicious approach by a large number of skiffs, 48 nm southsoutheast of Aden, Yemen.
B. (U) NETHERLANDS: On 12 December, authorities in Rotterdam announced the seizure of 1,188 kilograms of cocaine. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
C. (U) ENGLAND: On 11 November, coastguard and lifeboat crew rescued six Iranian migrants from a small vessel in the Strait of Dover.
D. (U) PORTUGAL: On 10 December, authorities in Lisbon announced the arrest of two senior citizens on suspicion of cocaine smuggling.
E. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: On 7 December, Indian Navy ship INS SUNAYNA boarded and searched a suspicious fishing vessel, approximately 25 nm off the coast of Somalia, in the vicinity of Socotra Island.
F. (U) GUATEMALA: On 7 December, robbers stole dinghy fuel tank, fuel line, spotlight and other gear from a sailing yacht anchored in Rio Dulce.
G. (U) GREECE: On 6 December, Coast Guard officials intercepted a Syria-flagged vessel on suspicion of carrying illegal cargo.
H. (U) MALAYSIA: On 5 December, three fishermen were kidnapped from their boat in the vicinity of Tambisan, Lahad Datu, Sabah.
I. (U) U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: On 5 December, robbers stole an in-the-water 10′ flex boat with 18-HP outboard engine from a yacht anchored in Elephant Bay.
J. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 2 November, a merchant ship reported suspicious activity in an area 81 nm southeast of Mukalla.
K. (U) PANAMA: On 2 December, robbers stole a locked 23 foot panga with 40-HP Yamaha outboard engine from Bocas del Toro.
L. (U) HONDURAS: On 2 December, robbers boarded 2 yachts anchored in West Bay.
M. (U) COLOMBIA: On 1 December, an outboard motor was stolen from a dinghy at the Club Nautico Marina dinghy dock.
N. (U) CURACAO: On 28 November, a robber attempted to steal a dinghy from a sailing yacht anchored at Spanish Water.
O. (U) ST MARTIN: On 28 November, an unlocked dinghy and outboard was stolen from the Time Out Boat Yard.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for 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 December 2018. For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tel: 441 221 061 or 00870 773 120 215. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Pakistan Navy convoy schedule for 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)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: South Korea Navy convoy schedule for 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 UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 3 or email@example.com (MSCHOA)