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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

13 February - 13 March 2019

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 Warning 003/MAR/2019 Update 001: Category: Attack. Description: On 9 March 2019 at 1550 UTC, a vessel was under attack by two skiffs in position 03:50N - 006:30E, 20 nm south of Brass. The vessel and crew now safe at Bonny Anchorage. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG by phone. Any queries regarding this warning notice ring 0033 298 22 88 88 for further information. MDAT-GoG watchkeeper email:, emergency tel: +33(0) 298 22 88 88.

3. (U) Summary

A. (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 12 February, Saudi Border Guards announced that they had thwarted an attempt to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom using a jet ski.

B. (U) BRAZIL: On 10 March, two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier by using a rope with a hook In Macapa Anchorage.

C. (U) MYANMAR: On 10 March, members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group, attacked a Myanmar police force boat in Kardi Creek near Yathedaung township in Rakhine state. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2

D. (U) VIETNAM: On 10 March, authorities detained the product tanker ARISTA LEO on suspicion of fuel smuggling in the Con Dao Island area.

E. (U) NIGERIA: On 9 March, pirates armed with machine guns in two speed boats boarded an offshore support vessel underway 32 nm southeast of Brass. Five crewmen were kidnapped.

F. (U) NIGERIA: On 8 March, two skiffs with 4 persons on each skiff approached a merchant tanker near position 03:14N - 006:27E, approximately 80 nm southwest of Bonny Island.

G. (U) VIETNAM: On 6 March, a Vietnamese fishing boat reported that they were rammed and sunk while operating near Discovery Reef in the Paracel Islands chain.

H. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 4 March, a cable locked dinghy/outboard was stolen from the dinghy dock at the La Dunette restaurant in St Anne.

I. (U) PANAMA: Between 24 February and 3 March, an unoccupied and locked catamaran in Portobello Bay was boarded.

J. (U) TURKEY: On 4 March, narcotics police seized 185 kilograms of cocaine in an anti-narcotics operation in Istanbul.

K. (U) UNITED STATES: On 28 February, authorities in the Port of New York/Newark seized a cargo container on a ship coming from South America. The container was found to be carrying 3,200 pounds of cocaine.

L. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 25 February, an unoccupied yacht, berthed at the Carenantilles pontoon in La Marin, was boarded while owners were away.

M. (U) INDONESIA: On 25 February, a duty watchman on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed two robbers attempting to board via the anchor chain in Taboneo Anchorage.

N. (U) GRENADA: On 19 January, a 50-foot catamaran was suspiciously approached approximately 38 nm east of Grenada.

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

A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for March 2019. 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 March 2019. For further information, please email:, or call Tel: 441 221 061 or 00870 773120140. (MSCHOA)

C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: South Korea Navy convoy schedule for March 2019. 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)-870-776-444-280 or (001)-870-773-110-438. Email: or (MSCHOA)

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