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OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
(U) WORLDWIDE: Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
5 April - 4 May 2016
5 May 2016

(U) Table of Contents
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(U) Scope Note
(U) Summary
(U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories
(U) Details: Monthly Incidents by Region
(U) Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources
(U) Appendix B: Terminology and References

1. (U) Scope Note
(U) The Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message provides info on piracy threats to, and criminal action
against, merchant vessels and the shipping industry worldwide in the last 30 days. This report is produced primarily
to inform merchant mariners and naval forces.

2. (U) Summary
A. (U) NIGERIA: On 5 May, an underway tanker reported being attacked by robbers approximately 36 nm
southwest of the Bayelsa coastline.
B. (U) NIGERIA: On 4 May, a speedboat approached an underway vessel 60 nm southwest of Brass.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 3 May, a soldier was injured while four gunmen were killed in an unsuccessful ambush by sea
pirates in Peregbene, along the Ogbia-Nembe waterways, Bayelsa State.
D. (U) DROC: On 3 May, robbers boarded an anchored vessel in the Matadi Anchorage.
E. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 1 May, the ten sailors kidnapped from barge BRAHMA 12 on 26 March were released
unharmed and in good health.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 April, a tanker was attacked approximately 67 nm southwest of Bayelsa.
G. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 April, a speedboat made a suspicious pass against an anchored tanker in the vicinity of the
Bonga Oil Platform.
H. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 April, the Nigerian Navy arrested MT MARINA and its crew as they were alleged to be
carrying 100 metric tons of illegally refined diesel fuel. The arrest occurred on the Sombreiro River, in Rivers State.

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3. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for May 2016. 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: INFO-PIRACY@mlit.go.jp. (MSCHOA)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for May 2016. 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 INMARSAT: 00-870-773-110-438. Email:
pheonixguardian@navy.mil.kr. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for May 2016. For further information,
please e-mail planavy@navy.mil.cn, or call Tel: 00870 773 120 044; or 441 221 061. (MSCHOA)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for May 2016. To register, email
dgcommcentre-dgs@nic.in; or visit www.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-2222614646 or fax at 91-22-22613636. (MSCHOA)
E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Russian Navy convoy escort schedule for May 2016. For further
information e-mail smb@msecurity.ru; isps@msecurity.ru; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)

4. (U) Details: Monthly Incidents by Region
(U) This section lists reports of active violence against shipping, credible threats to shipping, or the potential for a
situation to develop into a direct threat to shipping over the last 30 days. Every effort is made to ensure that
incidents are not double-counted. In the event double-counting is detected, or an incident is later learned to be
different than initially reported, an explanation of the cancellation of the inaccurate report will be made in at least
one message prior to dropping the erroneous report.
A.

(U) NORTH AMERICA: No current incidents to report.

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(U) CENTRAL AMERICA - CARIBBEAN - SOUTH AMERICA:

1. (U) PERU: On 21 April, deck watchman on routine rounds onboard an anchored crude oil tanker, near
position 12:01 S - 077:13 W, Callao Anchorage No.12, noticed a robber attempting to break into the forecastle
store room. Duty officer informed, alarm raised, fog horn sounded and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the
robber escaped. Nothing reported stolen. (IMB)
2. (U) COLOMBIA: On 12 April, three robbers armed with guns and a knife boarded an anchored bulk carrier near
position 03:53 N - 077:04 W, Buenaventura Anchorage. Duty crewman on routine rounds noticed the robbers on
the forecastle deck and reported to the duty officer. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the
robbers escaped with forward life raft and three lifebuoys. (IMB)
C. (U) ATLANTIC OCEAN AREA: No current incidents to report.
D. (U) NORTHERN EUROPE - BALTIC: No current incidents to report.
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(U) MEDITERRANEAN - BLACK SEA: No current incidents to report.

1. (U) LIBYA: On 25 April, the India-flagged tanker DISTYA AMEYA departed the eastern Libyan port of
Hariga carrying 650,000 barrels of crude oil reportedly bound for Malta. The government of Malta has stated that
the ship cannot enter its waters. (Malta Today; www.theguardian.com; www.fleetmon.com)

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F. (U) WEST AFRICA:

Figure 1. West Africa Piracy and Maritime Crime
1. (U) NIGERIA: On 5 May, an underway tanker reported being attacked by robbers near position 03:54 N 005:32 E, approximately 36 nm southwest of the Bayelsa coastline. The robbers chased the ship, then reportedly
fired upon the vessel. An embarked contingent of Nigerian Navy personnel and anti-piracy measures taken by the
ship prevented a boarding. (MTISC-GOG)
2. (U) NIGERIA: On 4 May, a speedboat approached an underway vessel near position 03:54 N - 005:17 E,
approximately 60 nm southwest of Brass. Armed guards aboard the ship fired warning shots and the speedboat
turned away. (MTISC-GOG)
3. (U) NIGERIA: On 3 May, a soldier was injured while four gunmen were killed in an unsuccessful ambush by sea
pirates in Peregbene, along the Ogbia-Nembe waterways, Bayelsa State. Security operatives attached to the Joint
Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, reportedly overpowered the gang of sea robbers during a shootout, killing four
members of the gang in the process. A Nigerian Army soldier was injured in the gun battle that lasted over an hour,
according to military sources. (www.allafrica.com)
4. (U) DROC: On 3 May, robbers boarded an anchored vessel near position 05:51 S - 013:26 E, Matadi
Anchorage. The robbers were seen by crewmen, who raised the alarm. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s
stores. (MTISC-GOG)
5. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 April, a tanker was attacked near position 03:56 N - 004:43 E, approximately 67 nm
southwest of Bayelsa. The robbers fired on the ship and attempted to board, but armed guards aboard the ship
returned fire and the robbers retreated. (MTISC-GOG)
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6. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 April, a speedboat made a suspicious pass against an anchored tanker near position 04:19
N - 004:26 E, vicinity of Bonga Oil Platform. Armed guards on the vessel fired warning shots and the speedboat
moved away. (MTISC-GOG)
7. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 April, the Nigerian Navy arrested MT MARINA and its crew as they were alleged to be
carrying 100 metric tons of illegally refined diesel fuel. The arrest occurred on the Sombreiro River, in Rivers State.
(www.thisdaylive.com)
8. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, pirates attacked and boarded an underway offshore supply vessel near position 03:30
N - 004:50 E, 97 nm southwest of Brass. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Non-essential crew retreated into the
citadel. Pirates kidnapped two crew members. All remaining crew is safe and proceeding to a safe port. (IMB)
9. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, pirates attacked and boarded an underway offshore supply vessel near position 03:39
N - 006:08 E, 39 nm southwest of Brass. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Non-essential crew retreated into the
citadel. Pirates escaped before Nigerian Navy boarded the vessel. All crew reported safe. Vessel escorted to a safe
port by Nigerian Navy. (IMB)
10. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, seven pirates armed with guns approached an underway tanker near position 03:53
N - 005:22 E, 58 nm southwest of Brass. Alarm raised, crew mustered, water hose activated and Master
commenced evasive maneuvers. Due to the high free board and hardening measures deployed by the vessel, the
pirates aborted the attack and moved away. All crew safe. (IMB)
11. (U) NIGERIA: On 20 April, a vessel reported being attacked near position; 03:39 N - 006:08 E, southwest of
Brass. Alarm was raised and all but two crew members on board went to citadel. The Nigerian Navy boarded the
ship for a search of the vessel. (MTISC-GOG)
12. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, a vessel reported that it was approached by a small boat near position 03:53 N 005:22 E, while transiting from Calabar, Nigeria, to Lome, Togo. A small craft approached from the starboard
quarter and later came alongside the port side in an attempt to board. Seven persons were observed in the boat
with automatic rifles. The vessel was in ballast condition with high freeboard and razor wire fixed all around. The
alarm was raised and fire hoses pressurized. Ship’s Master conducted evasive maneuvers which caused the
pirates to abort their mission. All crew members are safe. (MTISC-GOG)
13. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, a vessel reported being attacked near position 03:03 N - 004:50 E. (MTISC-GOG)
14. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, a vessel reported being attacked near position 03:37 N - 004:45 E,
approximately 30 nm from another recent ship attack. (MTISC-GOG)
15. (U) NIGERIA: On 18 April, pirates attempted to board an underway tanker near position 03:54 N - 005:38 E, 31
nm southwest of Bayelsa. The armed guard onboard the tanker opened fire while the Master carried out evasive
maneuvers resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. All crew reported safe. (IMB; MTISC-GOG)
16. (U) NIGERIA: On 11 April, eight pirates armed with rifles in a speed boat boarded the chemical tanker PULI
near position 02:48 N - 006:40 E, 118 nm south-southwest of Port Harcourt. The pirates stole cash, ship’s
properties and crew personal belongings and then kidnapped six Turkish crew members. The tanker continued
passage towards a safe port. No injuries to remaining crew. (IMB; www.fleetmon.com; www.gcaptain.com; EFE
News Service) UPDATE: On 26 April, the director of maritime security at the Denmark-based company Risk
Intelligence, told media representatives that the abducted men had been freed and that they were in "good health".
(AFP)
17. (U) NIGERIA: On 11 April pirates boarded the container ship CMA CGM TURQUOISE near position 04:08 N 005:23 E, 30 nm southwest of the Bayelsa coast. Ship’s Master raised the alarm, activated SSAS and all crew
members, except two, mustered in the citadel. The ship’s owners sent a message to the IMB Piracy Reporting
Centre (PRC) reporting that they had lost contact with the vessel. The IMB PRC informed the Nigerian authorities
and transmitted a warning broadcast to ships at sea. After 12 hours, the crew emerged from the citadel. Two
crewmen were reported kidnapped. The Nigerian Navy boarded the vessel for investigations. All other crew is safe.
(IMB; www.gcaptain.com; MTISC-GOG)
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18. (U) NIGERIA: On 10 April, seven pirates in a skiff approached a drifting tanker near position 03:17 N - 005:31
E, 74 nm southwest of Brass. The pirates came alongside and attempted to board the tanker using a metal
expandable ladder but failed due to the vessel’s high freeboard. Alarm raised, fire pumps activated, crew mustered
and all entrance doors locked. Master contacted the terminal via VHF channel 16, started the main engine and
started toward the terminal. Upon realizing that the security boats were approaching, the pirates aborted the
attempted attack and moved away. (IMB; MTISC-GOG)
19. (U) NIGERIA: On 7 April, seven pirates in a wooden speed boat, armed with automatic weapons approached a
drifting tanker near position 03:18 N - 005:23 E, 78 nm southwest of Brass. The pirates attempted to board the
tanker using an aluminum ladder but failed due to the high freeboard. General alarm raised, SSAS activated and
crew mustered. The tanker immediately proceeded towards the terminal and the terminal’s security boat escorted
the tanker. (IMB; MTISC-GOG)
20. (U) NIGERIA: On 6 April, two soldiers were killed and two expatriate workers were kidnapped as they worked
on a road construction project in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Six gunmen reportedly
ambushed the men, killing the soldiers and taking the hostages before escaping in a boat into the extensive creek
systems of the area. (The Sun - Nigerian Online News)
21. (U) NIGERIA: On 1 April, duty officers onboard a chemical tanker underway near position 03:54 N - 005:41 E,
41 nm southwest of Brass noticed a black speed boat approaching. Master raised the alarm, sent distress
messages, took anti-piracy preventive measures and crew members locked all entrance doors. As the boat closed,
nine pirates armed with AK-47s opened fire at the tanker and attempted to board the tanker several times using
ladders and a grappling hook attached with a rope. All non-essential crew members mustered in a safe room. The
navy was contacted but received no response. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received information from the
ship’s owners and immediately informed the Nigerian Navy for assistance. Due to the hardening measures taken by
the tanker, the pirates aborted the attack and moved away. No injuries to crew members. (IMB; MTISC-GOG)
22. (U) NIGERIA: On 1 April, the Nigerian Navy seized two wooden boats used in transporting about 100,000 liters
of illegally refined diesel fuel. A Nigerian Navy senior officer told journalists in Port Harcourt that three suspects
were arrested on board one of the wooden boats while crew members of the second boat fled on sighting the naval
patrol and that the boats were seized at Akuku-Toru Local Government Area during a routine patrol of waterways in
the state. (www.allafrica.com)
23. (U) NIGERIA: On 31 March, the Nigerian Navy announced that it was working hard to tackle the menace of
piracy on the Bayelsa waterways, having arrested two suspected river pirates. Commodore Yakuku Wanbai,
Commander of the Nigerian Navy Base, Brass, told press reporters at the base that one of the suspects died
shortly after he was arrested. He further said the suspect was part of a four-man gang that recently attacked Ekeni
village in Ezetu Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa. He added that the Navy would
continue to ensure a safe environment for communities within the coastal areas to exist without fear of intimidation
from hoodlums. (www.pulse.ng)
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(U) ARABIAN GULF: No current incidents to report.

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(U) INDIAN OCEAN - EAST AFRICA:

1. (U) YEMEN: On 24 April, armed persons in two small skiffs attacked Liberia-flagged tanker FAIR APOLLON near
the port of Al Mukalla. The crew retreated to the citadel immediately and the onboard security guards prevented the
attackers from closing on the vessel. (www.lss-sapu.com)
2. (U) SEYCHELLES: On 8 April, an armed security guard onboard Spain-flagged tuna fishing vessel TXORI
GORRI shot and killed another guard and shortly afterward shot himself. The ship returned to Victoria on 9 April.
(www.fleetmon.com)

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(U) EAST ASIA - SOUTHEAST ASIA - INDIAN SUBCONTINENT:

Figure 2. East Asia - Southeast Asia - Indian Subcontinent Piracy
and Maritime Crime
1. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 26 March, the tug BRAHMA 12 and barge ANAND 12 were attacked and the crew of 10
Indonesian sailors was kidnapped. The crew was transporting coal from Indonesia to the Philippines when they
were hijacked. Subsequent reporting indicates that they were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group, a Philippinesbased Islamist group notorious for bombings and kidnappings which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State
group. A large ransom has been demanded for the safe return of the sailors. The tug has been found, while the
barge is still missing. (The Daily Tribune News - Philippines; www.fleetmon.com) UPDATE: On 1 May, the ten
sailors were released unharmed and in good health. (www.themalaymailonline.com)
2. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 21 September 2015, unidentified gunmen abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two
Canadians and a Filipino woman from a resort on Samal Island, near Davao City in the southern Philippines. At
least 11 armed men arrived at the resort in two speedboats. The gunmen appeared to have specifically targeted the
victims when they entered the Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort before midnight. (abcnews.go.com) UPDATE: On
25 April, 2016, Canadian citizen John Ridsdel, abducted from the Holiday Oceanview Resort on Samal Island last
September, was killed by his captors. A Philippines army spokesman said Mr Ridsdel's severed head was found on
the remote island of Jolo, hours after the Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired. (BBC; www.noonsite.com)
3. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 21 April, crew onboard an underway bulk carrier noticed a speed boat approaching at high
speed near position 10:38 N - 120:34 E, 18 nm east of Dalanganem Island. Alarm raised, whistle sounded, crew
mustered and fire hoses activated. The boat closed to a distance of 40 meters and seeing the alerted crew aborted
the approach. (IMB)
4. (U) VIETNAM: On 18 April, Thailand-flagged vessel V. LUCKY was caught by Vietnam Coast Guard authorities
illegally trading fuel with a fishing boat near Con Dao Island. V. LUCKY was carrying 200,000 liters of diesel fuel
when it was caught. Both vessels have been detained and the matter is being investigated. (Viet Nam News)

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5. (U) INDONESIA: On 18 April, one robber boarded an anchored vessel near position 03:56 N - 098:45 E,
Belawan Anchorage. Duty crewman on routine rounds noticed a robber on the forecastle deck and informed the
duty officer who raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robber escaped. All crew mustered and thorough
search was made. Incident was reported to the port control. No response received. (IMB)
6. (U) MALAYSIA: On 17 April, Malaysian authorities arrested two vessels believed to be involved in fuel
smuggling. A spokesman said that the vessels were spotted conducting the illegal activities 2.3 nautical miles
southwest of Pulau Pisang and were investigated. He further stated that fishing trawler ASL COURAGEOUS was
carrying 12 Indonesian crewmen aged between 28 and 67 years while checks on tanker AMAL revealed that it
was carrying nine Indonesian crewmen aged between 24 and 62 years along with 17,000 liters of fuel during the
incident. (www.thestar.com.my)
7. (U) INDONESIA: On 17 April, four persons in a wooden boat approached and attempted to board an anchored
general cargo ship near position 01:30 N - 104:52 E, 24 nm northeast of Bintan Island. Alarm raised, whistle
sounded and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew’s alertness, the persons aborted the
attempted boarding and moved away. (IMB)
8. (U) MALAYSIA: On 15 April, armed persons in a speed boat fired upon and boarded the tug boat HENRY near
Pondo Sibugal, Sitangkai town. One crewman was injured by gunfire. The armed persons then kidnapped four crew
members and escaped. The Malaysian Marine Police escorted the tug to a safe port and transferred the injured
crewman to a hospital for medical treatment. (IMB; www.gcaptain.com; www.sunstar.com.ph)
9. (U) INDONESIA: On 14 April, general cargo vessel PHU DAT 88 was arrested in Jakarta after it was found out
that the cargo in the holds did not match with cargo manifest. According to the manifest, the vessel arrived at
Jakarta with a cargo of sulfur, but was actually loaded with sugar and fertilizers. The Vietnamese crew has been
detained and an investigation is under way. (www.fleetmon.com)
10. (U) INDONESIA: On 12 April, three robbers boarded an anchored container ship near position 06:54 S - 110:22
E, Semarang Anchorage. Crewman on duty sighted the robbers in the engine room and informed the bridge. Alarm
raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew’s alertness, robbers escaped with stolen engine spare parts. (IMB)
11. (U) VIETNAM: On 4 April, Vietnamese authorities announced that Vietnam's Coast Guard has seized a Chinese
vessel for intruding into its territorial waters. The ship, carrying more than 100,000 liters of fuel, was stopped near
the northern maritime border the previous week. Vietnamese media say the crew admitted they were supplying fuel
to Chinese fishing boats in the area. The government-owned Vietnam News Agency said the seized vessel had
been disguised as a fishing boat. (www.marinelink.com)
12. (U) INDONESIA: On 3 April, five robbers boarded an anchored container ship using a hook attached with a
rope near position 05:59 S - 106:54 E, Jakarta Anchorage. Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm.
Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Nothing reported stolen. Incident reported to
pilot station and local agent who then reported to the port police, who went aboard for an investigation. (IMB)
13. (U) INDONESIA: On 1 April, duty officer onboard a bulk carrier anchored near position 00:15 S - 117:34 E,
Samarinda Anchorage heard voices on the forecastle deck. Alarm raised and an announcement was made on the
PA system. As crew rushed to the location, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. Master tried to contact
the coast guard but received no response. (IMB)
14. (U) MALAYSIA: On 1 April, eight armed pirates in a speed boat boarded an underway tug near position 04:07 N
- 118:55 E, 17 nm east of Pulau Sipadan. They stole crew personal belongings then kidnapped four crew members
and escaped. The remaining crew members sailed the vessel to the vicinity of Semporna and soon after a
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Authority patrol boat escorted the vessel to a safe port. (IMB;
www.m.gulfnews.com)
15. (U) BANGLADESH: On 1 April, the Bangladesh Navy detained six robbers from the outer anchorage of the
Chittagong Port and rescued 10 fishermen from their captivity. The Navy in a statement said one of their ships, the
DURJOY was patrolling in the Bay of Bengal when they heard reports about the fishermen being taken hostage.
The robbers initially demanded a large ransom, but the Navy rescued them within an hour. (www.bdnews24.com)
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16. (U) INDONESIA: On 30 March, three small boats approached and attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier
near position 06:00 S - 106:54 E, Tg. Priok, Jakarta Anchorage. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The crew
managed to deter the robbers by using the water cannon. (IMB)
J. (U) NORTHEAST ASIA: No current incidents to report.
K.

(U) PACIFIC OCEAN - SOUTHERN OCEAN: No current incidents to report.

5. (U) Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources
(U) This appendix provides contact information for the author of the WTS as well as other entities that can be
contacted with maritime crime reports. It also lists other resources where the WTS is posted and where piracy and
maritime crime incident information can be found.
(U) Contact
(U) Originator of this WTS report requests consumer feedback. Originator will incorporate all anti-shipping events
and violence against the maritime industry into this weekly message where appropriate. To aid in our reporting,
please add the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) to your normal corporate and organizational reporting
requirements. The 24-hour watch can be reached at +1 (301) 669-4053.
(U) Other Resources
(U) This Worldwide Threat to Shipping Report is posted at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Maritime
Safety site: http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) also publishes a live
piracy report based on reporting from the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, listing all piracy
and armed robbery incidents in the last ten days: http://www.icc-ccs.org/. The PAWW and WTS Reports are posted
weekly on the ONI Intel Portal: http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/piracy.htm.

6. (U) Appendix B: Terminology and References
(U) This appendix is provided to promote consistent use of accurate terms of reference in reporting and also
identifies those references that were used to gather the information contained in this report. ONI welcomes
comment and suggestions for addition or amendment.
(U) Terminology
(U) In order to promote consistent use of accurate terms of reference, the following have been adopted to describe
the range of criminal anti-shipping activity and impediments to safe navigation in our worldwide reporting and
analysis. Please note that these terms relate to observable activity and are independent of target vessel status and
exclude actions by governmental powers in lawful pursuit of their authorities:

(U) Attempted Boarding – Close approach or hull-to-hull contact with report that boarding paraphernalia were
employed or visible in the approaching boat.

(U) Blocking – Hampering safe navigation, docking, or undocking of a vessel as a means of protest.

(U) Boarding – Unauthorized boarding of a vessel by persons not part of its complement without successfully
taking control of the vessel.

(U) Firing Upon – Weapons discharged at or toward a vessel.

(U) Hijacking – Unauthorized seizure and retention of a vessel by persons not part of its complement.

(U) Kidnapping – Unauthorized forcible removal of persons belonging to the vessel from it.
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(U) Robbery – Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.

(U) Suspicious Approach – All other unexplained close proximity of an unknown vessel.

(U) Sourcing
(U) ONI derives information in this report from direct reporting and analysis of reports from the following agencies
and commercial sources.



































Agence France Presse (AFP)
Associated Press (AP)
Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), Denmark
BBC News
EU Naval Forces (EU)
Fairplay (FP), London
Informa Group (INFO), formerly LLP, Llp Limited, London
International Maritime Bureau (IMB), London and Kuala Lumpur
International Maritime Organization (IMO), London
gCaptain
Latitude38.com (LAT) website
Lloyd's List (LL), daily, London
Local Media (LM)
LSS-SAPU.com (LSS)
Maritime Administration (MARAD), U.S.
The Maritime Executive (website)
Maritime Security Centre - Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)
Maritime Security Council (MSC), U.S.
Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre - Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Navigation Safety System
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Brussels
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) (analysis and comment)
Operator (owner or operator of affected vessel)
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia,
Information Sharing Center (ReCAAP ISC)
Reuters
Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)
Seafarers’ Assistance Program (SAP), Kenya
Tradewinds (TW)
United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO)
United Press International (UPI)
U.S. Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) Bahrain
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

(U) ICOD: 4 May 2016
(U) The PAWW and WTS Reports are posted each week on the ONI Intel Portal and can be found at:
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence-Community/Piracy

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