Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
20 March - 24 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) INDIAN OCEAN: On 21 April, fishing vessels F/V ADRIA and F/V TXORI ARGI were involved in an incident by suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean 280 nm southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia.
B. (U) COLOMBIA: On 19 April, a boat with 8 to 10 persons approached a container ship under pilotage in the Buenaventura Channel and attempted to board via the rigged pilot ladder.
C. (U) MONTENEGRO: On 19 April, police officials boarded the Montenegrin Navy training ship JADRAN in the Port of Tivat and searched the ship, finding 50 kilograms of drugs hidden onboard.
D. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, armed men boarded the tanker APECUS in the Bonny Outer Anchorage. Six crewmen were kidnapped and the pirates escaped. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2
E. (U) NIGERIA: On 18 April, authorities announced they had arrested nine people for the illegal possession of firearms in Nigerian waters.
F. (U) INDIA: On 13 April, five boats with eleven persons boarded a tanker during anchoring operations in Visakhapatnam SPM Anchorage.
G. (U) NICARAGUA: On 11 April, a Canada-flagged yacht was boarded by 25 men 23 miles east-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios.
H. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 3 April, a charter catamaran was boarded off the Tamarind Beach Hotel dock.
I. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 26 March, robbers boarded a vessel anchored in Batangas Anchorage
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for April and May 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: email@example.com (MSCHOA)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: China Navy convoy schedule for April and May 2019. For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (MSCHOA)