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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

3 April - 8 May 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 002/MAY/2019 Update 1: Category: Attack. Description: On 6 May 2019 at 0803Z, pirates attacked a merchant vessel near position 03:04N - 007:55E, 90 nm southwest of Bonny, Nigeria. The vessel involved is now considered as hijacked and the pirates are still present onboard. 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.

B. (U) MDAT-GoG Warning 003/MAY/2019: Category: Attack. Description: On 5 May 2019 at approximately 1200 UTC, a tug was attacked near position 03:04N - 007:59E. Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG by email. 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) NIGERIA: On 7 May, two suspects boarded an offshore supply vessel berthed at the Federal Ocean Terminal in Onne Port. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 2

B. (U) EQUATORIAL GUINEA: On 5 May, pirates hijacked a tug 42 nm southwest of Luba, Equatorial Guinea.

C. (U) EQUATORIAL GUINEA: On 5 May, the semi-submersible heavy lift ship BLUE MARLIN was boarded by 7 pirates 44 nm southwest of Luba Port.

D. (U) NIGERIA: On 3 May, two robbers boarded an anchored tanker in the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA), Lagos.

E. (U) ECUADOR: On 3 May, two speed boats with five persons in each boat approached a bulk carrier underway 52 nm west-northwest of Cabo Pasado.

F. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: On 3 May, the Seychelles-flagged fishing support ship HAIZEA LAU reported being approached by suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.

G. (U) PANAMA: On 2 May, three armed robbers boarded the New Zealand-flagged yacht, AQUA LOBO, anchored 1.9 nm east-northeast of San Ignacio De Tupile.

H. (U) OMAN: On 30 April, police officers arrested 12 foreign nationals and seized a ship and two smaller vessels used to smuggle 30,000 liters of diesel fuel off the coast of Ras Qabar Hindi, Musandam governorate.

I. (U) DR CONGO: On 28 April, two robbers armed with long knives boarded a product tanker anchored in Port Matadi Inner Anchorage.

J. (U) COLOMBIA: On 25 April, two robbers in a small boat boarded an anchored bulk in Puerto Bolivar Anchorage.

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

A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for May 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 May 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 May 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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