Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
28 February - 3 April 2019
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) No current incidents to report.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) MOROCCO: On 1 April, robbers boarded a bulk carrier berthed in Casablanca Port.
B. (U) CAMEROON: On 30 March, pirates boarded the Liberia-flagged container ship CONTSHIP OAK 15 nm southwest of Douala and kidnapped 4 crewmen.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 30 March, robbers boarded a product tanker anchored in Lagos STS Anchorage.
D. (U) GHANA: On 29 March, robbers boarded a product tanker anchored in Takoradi Anchorage.
E. (U) PORTUGAL: On 28 March, authorities on the island of Madeira arrested 12 people and seized 18 kilograms of cocaine from a cruise ship that had docked in the city of Funchal. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
F. (U) MEXICO: On 28 March, at least one fisherman and as many as three were injured by gunfire during a 26 March law enforcement operation to protect the vaquita porpoise in the Gulf of California.
G. (U) VENEZUELA: On 28 March, five robbers armed with knives and a pipe wrench boarded a tanker anchored in Jose Terminal Anchorage.
H. (U) IRELAND: On 26 March, authorities in the port of Waterford seized 58,000 smuggled cigarettes and 1.45 kilograms of pipe tobacco.
I. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 26 March, robbers boarded a Liberia-flagged container ship anchored in the Quarantine Anchorage area, South Harbour, Manila.
J. (U) VIETNAM: On 26 March, authorities in the Tien Sa Port in Da Nang seized 9.1 tons of elephant tusks.
K. (U) MARTINIQUE: Between 16 and 22 March, robbers stole an outboard motor from a sailing yacht anchored in Anse a l’ Ane.
L. (U) ST LUCIA: On 19 March, robbers stole a dinghy and outboard from a sailing yacht anchored in Rodney Bay.
M. (U) PANAMA: On 16 March, robbers stole a panga and outboard from a sailing yacht anchored in Bocas del Toro.
N. (U) EAST CHINA SEA: On 2 March, a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel spotted a likely ship-to-ship transfer between a North Korea-flagged tanker and an unidentified vessel approximately 390 kilometers south of Shanghai.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for April 2019. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org (MSCHOA)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: China Navy convoy schedule for April 2019. For further information, please email: email@example.com, or call Tel: 441 221 061 or 00870 773120140. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: South Korea Navy convoy schedule for April 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (MSCHOA)