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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

20 February - 20 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) UKMTO NOTICE 001/MAR/2019: Revision of the High Risk Area (HRA). The Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) will be reduced to an area bounded by the following coordinates: a. In the southern Red Sea: Northern Limit 15:00N b. In the Indian Ocean a line linking:

1. From the territorial waters off coast of East Africa at latitude 05:00S to 050:00E, then to positions: a. 00:00 N - 055:00E b. 0:00 N - 060:00E c. 14:00 N - 060:00E

2. Then a line bearing 310 degrees to the territorial waters of the Arabian Peninsula. (17:40N - 055:30E). The new geographic boundaries of the HRA will be implemented on 1 May 2019.

The new HRA does not impact upon the current Voluntary Reporting. Area (VRA) reporting requirements whose coordinates will remain unchanged.

UKMTO watchkeeper


emergency tel: +44 (0)2392222060,

emergency tel: +971 5055 23215,

fax: +971(0)43094254.

3. (U) Summary

A. (U) MYANMAR: On 16 March, Arakan Army insurgents are believed to have attacked a cargo ship in the Kalardan River near Paletwa Township with gun shots and ensuing fire onboard caused the ship to capsize.

B. (U) BANGLADESH: On 15 March, pirates kidnapped 16 fishermen and four fishing boats from the Bay of Bengal near Barguna.

C. (U) TAIWAN: On 13 March, a coast guard ship seized a Chinese fishing boat that had crossed into Taiwanese waters 23.7 nm northwest of Huayu Island.

D. (U) GHANA: On 11 March, authorities in Tema Port announced they had taken a young man from Morocco into custody after the crew from M/V LANIDIE found the man hiding in the ship.

E. (U) PAPUA NEW GUINEA: On 10 March, pirates attacked a passenger boat in Astrolabe Bay. The robbers looted the boat, stole supplies, cash and personal effects from 13 passengers.

F. (U) GRENADA: On 6 March, two sailing yachts anchored in Halifax Bay had their dinghy and outboards stolen.

G. (U) COSTA RICA: Between 28 February and 2 March, authorities stopped two speedboats carrying a total of 5,800 pounds of cocaine.

H. (U) ST MAARTEN: On 23 February, the training dinghy and outboard was stolen from the yacht club dock in Simpson Bay.

I. (U) INDONESIA: On 19 February, three young suspects were arrested onboard a ship attempting to smuggle fuel into Indonesia from the Indonesia-Singapore maritime border area.

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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