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OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE

(U) WORLDWIDE: Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
13 March - 12 April 2017
13 April 2017

(U) Table of Contents
1. (U) Scope Note
2. (U) Warnings and Advisories
3. (U) Summary
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories
5. (U) Details: Monthly Incidents by Region
6. (U) Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources
7. (U) Appendix B: Terminology and References

1. (U) Scope Note
1. (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) Warnings and Advisories
1. (U) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 004/APR/ 2017: Category: SUSPICIOUS APPROACH. Description: On 09
April at 0315 UTC in position 1420N 05311E, an MV reported a vessel closed to a distance of 1nm from their bow
with additional four skiffs seen on their starboard beam at a distance of 0.5 nm. Four POB sighted on each skiff with
weapons. AST showed presence and the vessels moved away. Vessel is SAFE. Any queries regarding this
Advisory Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 for further information.

2. (U) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 003/APR/2017: Category: ATTACK – BOARDING. On 08 April at 1310 UTC in
position 1402.09N 05140.00E, an MV was approached by a skiff with pirates which boarded the vessel, the Master
and crew stopped the engines and located to the Citadel. The MV was left drifting. On 09 April at 0432 UTC in
position 14-02.5N 051-37.9E, the vessel is now back under control of the Company and Master. The MV is
underway to next Port of Call and under Escort. Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0044 2392 222060
only for further information.

3. (U) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 001/5 APR/ 2017 UPDATE 1: All ships transiting off Somalia / Gulf of Aden:
further to our warning message of 030715 UTC Apr 2017. UKMTO has received more information on the hijacked
dhow MSV Al KAUSAR. The dhow was reportedly seized in the vicinity of Socotra on 1 April, has now been
sighted between Hobyo and El Hur. Vessels are advised to keep clear of the dhow. Vessels are advised to maintain
strict anti-piracy watch and measures. Adhere to the latest bmp recommendations. All attacks and suspicious
sightings should be reported. IMB piracy reporting centre 24 hours anti-piracy helpline+603 2031 0014 fax: +603
2078 5769 email: imbkl@icc-ccs.org //piracy@icc-ccs.org

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4. (U) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 002/5 APR/ 2017: Category: Suspicious Approach. Description: On 3 April at
0530 UTC in position LAT 1310N LONG 04303E, an MV reported being approached by 6 light blue coloured skiffs
with 5 POB on each skiff. Ladders and hooks were sighted. Vessel raised the alarm and armed guards took up
position on bridge wings. After 2 - 3 minutes the suspicious skiffs left. MV IS SAFE. Source: Reported to UKMTO
by vessel via EMAIL at 0756UTC Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further
information. THIS ADVISORY is not Classified as a Maritime Security Event and has not been verified by UKMTO.
This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region. UKMTO
is not responsible for the accuracy of this reporting. UKMTO Watchkeepers, Email: watchkeepers@ukmto.org,
Emergency Tel: +971 5055 23215 Tel: +442392222060 Fax: +971(0)43094254, www.ukmto.org

5 (U) MARAD Advisory 2017-002-Regional Conflict and Terrorism-Bab al Mandeb, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea:
Reference: U.S. Maritime Alert Numbers 2017-001A, 2017-002A, and 2017-002B, available at
www.marad.dot.gov/msci/. Issue: Continued regional tensions in Yemen have increased the risks to U.S.-flagged
commercial vessels transiting the Southern Red Sea. The Houthi rebels have conducted attacks against a Saudi
warship and UAE logistics vessels, as well as an attempted but failed attack against U.S. Navy ships in the
southern Red Sea. There has been increased fighting along the Red Sea coast and there is a risk that U.S.-flagged
commercial vessels operating in the area could be associated with anti-Houthi operations, or otherwise at risk. U.S.
flagged vessels operating in this vicinity should exercise extreme caution. Transit by yachts and privately owned
sailing vessels through the region is also extremely hazardous and may result in capture. The U.S. Coast Guard
advises against all operation of yacht and pleasure craft in these areas. Vessels that make this passage despite
this advisory should make contact in advance with NCAGS via phone: +011 973 1785 3879. American citizens
abroad should inform the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate of their plans to transit the area and/or update their
information via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at: https://step.state.gov/step/. Yachting guidance
can be found at: http://www.mschoa.org/on-shore/home.

6. (U) UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 005/MAR/2017: UKMTO has received information on hijacked dhow: CASAYR
II - No.30. Vessel was earlier at 70 nm from Galansyia, Socotra Island. Exact position now unknown probably
Socotra gap. The dhow has been released by the pirates after taking one skiff, food and diesel. The whereabouts of
the pirates is unknown. Vessels are advised to maintain strict anti-piracy watch and measures. Adhere to the latest
bmp recommendations. All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported. 24 hours anti-piracy helpline+603
2031 0014 fax: +603 2078 5769.

3. (U) Summary
A. (U) SOMALIA: On 12 April, Somali security forces clashed with pirates and freed nine seamen recently
kidnapped from an Indian cargo dhow.

B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 8 April, armed pirates in a skiff boarded the bulk carrier OS 35 147nm southeast of Al
Mukalla.

C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 8 April, a suspicious skiff with three persons on board approached an underway tanker
approximately 140 nm northwest of Socotra Island.

D. (U) ANGOLA: On 7 April, two robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored in the Congo River.

E. (U) MEDITERRANEAN SEA: On 6 April, Italy's Coast Guard and humanitarian ships rescued 1,350 migrants in
12 separate operations.

F. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 5 April, robbers boarded a sailing yacht berthed at the long main dock in Port de France.

G. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 2 April, robbers boarded a sailing yacht berthed at the long main dock in Port de France.

H. (U) GUINEA: In early April, Guinean fishery authorities and an environmental NGO conducted a joint
surveillance operation. During the operation, numerous shark fins were discovered on two Chinese fishing vessels.

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I. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 1 April, a robber boarded a sailing yacht anchored in
Charlestown Bay.

J. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 28 March, two robbers boarded a sailing yacht anchored in
Charlestown Bay.

K. (U) MOZAMBIQUE: On 22 March, two robbers boarded a bulk carrier at Berth No 6, Port of Beira.

4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for April 2017. 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 April 2017. 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 1-870-773-110-438. Email: adenbay@navy.mil.kr. (MSCHOA)

C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for April 2017. For further information, please e-mail
planavy@navy.mil.cn, or call Tel: 00870 773 120 120; or 441 203 380. (MSCHOA)

D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for April 2017. To register, email
dgcommcentre-dgs@nic.in; or visit www.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or
fax at 91-22-22613636. (MSCHOA)

5. (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:

1. (U) UNITED STATES: On 29 March, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials inspected a
boat 20 miles north of Key West and located 40 sets of illegal shark fins, an indication that illegal finning still occurs
in Florida waters despite being banned more than 16 years ago. The investigation is continuing and no charges
have been filed. (www.bradenton.com)

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B. (U) CENTRAL AMERICA - CARIBBEAN - SOUTH AMERICA:

Figure 1. Central America - Caribbean - South America Piracy
and Maritime Crime
1. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 5 April, robbers boarded a sailing yacht berthed at the long main dock in Port de France.
An outboard motor fuel tank was reported stolen. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

2. (U) MARTINIQUE On 2 April, robbers boarded a sailing yacht berthed at the long main dock in Port de France.
An outboard motor fuel tank was reported stolen. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

3. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 1 April, a robber boarded a sailing yacht anchored in
Charlestown Bay. All yacht entrances were locked and equipment stowed inside, nothing was stolen.
(www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

4. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 28 March, two robbers boarded a sailing yacht anchored in
Charlestown Bay. The yacht owner succeeded in scaring away the robbers and nothing was stolen. Report made to
local authorities. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

5. (U) PANAMA: On 3 April, a boat ran aground close to Juan Hombron Beach at the Gulf of Panama and was
found to be carrying illegal drugs. In that recent operation by the National Aeronaval Service its agents captured
three crew members, transporting 661 kilograms of illegal substances hidden in the boat. (www.plenglish.com)

6. (U) COLOMBIA: On 28 March, four robbers boarded an anchored tanker near position 10:19N - 075:32W,
Cartagena Anchorage. Alarm raised and crew was mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with
stolen ship’s properties. Port Control notified. (IMB)

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7. (U) PUERTO RICO: On 27 March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents inspected a boat near Puerto
Rico, found to be carrying 3,545 pounds of cocaine. The boat was intercepted 60 nautical miles southeast of
Dorado, and its four occupants were arrested. (www.chron.com)

8. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 26 March, a dinghy and small outboard motor were stolen
from a yacht anchored in Saline Bay. Report made to local area authorities. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

9. (U) SURINAME: On 16 February, four Guyanese citizens were arrested after 4.2 tons of cocaine worth $125
million were seized from a fishing boat sailing north of Suriname, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The operation
took place on February 16 after the U.S. Coast Guard detected the 70-foot-long fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean.
The fishing vessel, the LADY MICHELLE, was towed to St. Vincent. The four men on the boat were taken to the
U.S. Virgin Islands to face criminal charges at the US District Court of the Virgin Islands. (www.crimeonline.com)

10. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 25 March, one robber boarded a catamaran anchored in the Le Marin Marina. The
robber went into the cockpit area of the yacht, saw the astonished and concerned crew looking at him, whereupon
the robber sat down and stared back at the crew for several minutes. He eventually left the yacht. Incident reported
to local police. (www.safetyand securitynet.com)

11. (U) GUATEMALA: On 18 March, an unknown number of robbers boarded a sailing yacht anchored in Shell Bay
Anchorage, Rio Dulce. They were able to steal electric tools, anchor line and electronics and escape. Incident
announced on local, VHF radio net but not reported to local police. (www.safetyand securitynet.com)

12. (U) COLOMBIA: Approximately 453 kilograms of cocaine were found in a container on board of container ship
HAMMONIA EMDEN during her stay at Santa Marta port, Colombia, between 12 and 18 March. The container was
destined for Netherlands and loaded in the port of Turbo, Colombia. Vessel left Santa Marta on 18 March, bound
for Portsmouth, UK. (www.fleetmon.com)

13. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 18 March, a catamaran anchored at Canouan Charlestown
Bay was boarded at approximately 3 a.m. The Captain awoke and yelled at the individual, who jumped overboard
and swam away. Incident reported to local police. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

14. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 17 March, a sailing yacht anchored in St Anne had a tiller extension handle stolen from
their dinghy at the main dinghy dock. Incident reported to local police. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

15. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 17 March, a sailing yacht anchored at St Anne reported that the outboard motor on the
dinghy had been stolen from the main dinghy dock. Incident reported to local police.
(www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

16. (U) COLOMBIA: On 15 March, a sailing yacht anchored at Isla Baru was boarded by 4 men armed with a gun
and a machete. They assaulted the Captain, hitting him with an oar, the machete and the gun. They ransacked the
yacht, stealing a computer, an unopened safe and a jar of peanut butter. Incident reported to local police and the
local Coast Guard. (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com)

C. (U) ATLANTIC OCEAN AREA: No current incidents to report.

D. (U) NORTHERN EUROPE - BALTIC: No current incidents to report.

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E. (U) MEDITERRANEAN - BLACK SEA:

Figure 2. Mediterranean - Black Sea
Piracy and Maritime Crime

1. (U) MEDITERRANEAN SEA: On 6 April, Italy's Coast Guard and humanitarian ships rescued 1,350 migrants in
12 separate operations in the Mediterranean and one person was found dead. The migrants were all found in an
area some 16 miles north of the Libyan coast. They were travelling on a larger boat, five dinghies and 6 smaller
vessels, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson. Search and rescue operations were carried out by the Coast
Guard and two boats operated by NGOs Sea Watch and Proactiva Open Arms, it added. The Coast Guard
spokesman said operations were still being carried out and there were still no details regarding where the migrants
would be sent. (www.marinelink.com)

2. (U) GIBRALTER: On 27 March, Royal Gibraltar Police and Customs officer boarded the bulk carrier MOUNT
FABER, which was en route from Colombia to Turkey. The boarding was part of an international multi-agency anti-
drug operation. During a search of the vessel, 108 kilograms of cocaine were located in a tube that had been
attached to the vessel’s hull, below the waterline. The ship resumed its voyage on 29 March. (www.fleetmon.com)

3. (U) MALTA: On 15 March, Customs inspectors discovered over 300 kilograms of cocaine while inspecting a
container supposedly containing cans of pineapple at Malta Freeport. The haul was described as the biggest ever
by the Customs Department. The container ship, which stopped in Malta on its way from Ecuador to Spain, was
flagged as a potential high risk following risk analysis performed by the Customs Department.
(www.timesofmalta.com)

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F. (U) WEST AFRICA

Figure 3. West Africa Piracy and Maritime
Crime
1. (U) ANGOLA: On 7 April, duty crewman on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier anchored near position 05:52S
- 013:02E, Congo River, noticed six robbers on the forecastle and informed the duty officer on the bridge. Alarm
was raised and ships whistle sounded. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped in their boat with the stolen
ship’s properties. (IMB)

2. (U) GUINEA: In early April, Guinean fishery authorities and an environmental NGO conducted a joint surveillance
operation. During the operation, numerous shark fins were discovered on two Chinese fishing vessels. One of the
vessels also had illegally altered fishing nets on board, while a third Chinese vessel was caught using illegal nets
and fishing for species outside of its license. The two vessels with shark fins on board have been fined with Euro
250,000 each, while the third vessel has been fined with Euro 350,000. The catch of all vessels have been seized
by Guinean authorities. Apart from the shark fins, Greenpeace also found numerous carcasses of sharks including
hammerhead sharks, an endangered species, and manta rays on board several vessels. (www.marinelink.com;
www.fis.com)

3. (U) NIGERIA: On 30 March, four persons in a small boat boarded a bulk carrier as it approached the pilot
boarding station, near position 04:01N - 006:48E, 32 nm southwest of Bonny. They kidnapped six crew members
and escaped. (IMB)

4. (U) NIGERIA: On 29 March, armed pirates in a boat chased and fired upon a tanker underway near position
04:05N - 004:42E, 64 nm southwest of the Bayelsa Coast. The onboard armed naval security team returned fire
resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew are safe. The tanker continued her voyage to
the next port. (IMB)

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5. (U) GUINEA BISSAU: Between 21 and 24 March, four fishing vessels were arrested in Guinea Bissau waters
after joint patrols by a Non-Government Organization (NGO) and the Fisheries Surveillance Department of Guinea
Bissau, FISCAP, found multiple fishing infringements. The findings of the joint surveillance were presented to
President Jose Mario Vaz on his visit to the NGO ship. The arrested vessels were brought to port, and the crew
onboard as well as the owners of the vessels are now being investigated by local authorities for illegal
transshipment at sea, failure to display readable names on the vessels, non-payment of fines and usage of illegal
fishing equipment. (M2 Communications)

G. (U) ARABIAN GULF: No current incidents to report.

H. (U) INDIAN OCEAN - EAST AFRICA:

Figure 4. Indian Ocean -East Africa Piracy
and Maritime Crime
1. (U) SOMALIA: On 12 April, Somali security forces clashed with pirates and freed nine seamen kidnapped on an
Indian cargo dhow, officials said. The pirates seized the dhow AL KAUSAR off Somalia’s coast, part of an increase
of attacks after years without a reported incident. UPDATE: The kidnappers took the crew onshore in central
Galmudug state and clashed with troops two days later, the territory’s minister for ports and sea transport, Burhan
Warsame, said. “We rescued the nine crew and they are healthy and safe,” he added. (www.gcaptain.com;
www.marinelink.com)

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2. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 8 April, armed pirates in a skiff boarded the tanker bulk carrier OS 35 near position
14:02N - 051:40E: 147nm southeast of Al Mukalla. The Master and crew stopped the engine and retreated into the
citadel and requested help via radio. The vessel was later boarded by China’s PLA Navy personnel and all crew
was rescued. The crew resumed control of the vessel and sailed to a safe port. (IMB; www.eunavfor.eu;
www.gcaptain.com)

3. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 8 April, a suspicious skiff with three persons on board approached an underway tanker
near position 14:09N - 051:37E, approximately 140 nm northwest of Socotra Island. Alarm was raised, crew
alerted and onboard security guard showed weapons. Seeing the vessel hardening and alerted crew, the skiff
aborted the approach and moved away from the tanker. All crew safe. The tanker continued her passage. (IMB)

4. (U) SOMALIA: On 4 April, Somali pirates hijacked SALAMA I off the coast of central Somalia. The vessel is
reportedly carrying a cargo of food. (www.business-standard.com; gCaptain; www.dunyanews.tv; All Africa
Global Media) COMMENT: There has been no additional information to confirm this hijacking.

5. (U) RED SEA: On 3 April, a merchant vessel reported it was approached by six skiffs, each with five persons on
board 15 nm southwest of Mokha in the southern Red Sea. The vessel reported sighting ladders and hooks on
board the skiff, and the approach prompted crew to raise the alarm and armed guards took up position, causing the
skiffs to move away. (www.pviltd.com)

6. (U) SOMALIA: On 1 April, Somali pirates hijacked the Indian cargo dhow AL KAUSAR carrying 10 crewmen
while en route Bosasso. The dhow is reportedly in Somali coastal waters in the Galmudug region. (IMB;
www.hellenicshippingnews.com; gCaptain; www,eunavfor.eu)

7. (U) SOMALIA: On 23 March, pirates hijacked a dhow in the vicinity of Eyl, and took hostage its 20 crew
members. The dhow had three skiffs onboard. The pirates released 13 crew members in one skiff. The dhow with
the remaining crew and an unknown number of pirates then sailed to an unknown location. The pirates involved in
the attack were reportedly not seeking to hold the ship and its crew for ransom, but rather to use the vessel as a
mothership, or launch pad for attacks on bigger ships. On 26 March, the pirates released the dhow after stealing
one of its skiffs along with food and diesel fuel. (IMB; gCaptain)

8. (U) MOZAMBIQUE: On 22 March, duty crew on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier anchored near position
19:48S - 034:50E, Berth No 6, Port of Beira, noticed two robbers armed with knives on the poop deck. Chief
Officer informed via radio. Crew mustered and then proceeded to the poop deck. Seeing the crew’s alertness, the
robber jumped overboard and escaped without stealing anything. The incident was reported to local authorities who
boarded the ship to investigate. (IMB)

9. (U) ARABIAN SEA: On 17 March, a joint US Navy, UK Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy operation
intercepted a small stateless dhow in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, seizing 500 kilograms of hashish.
The forces were conducting maritime security operations in the region as a part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150
of the Combined Maritime Forces, was conducting an inspection of the vessel as part of a flag verification boarding
when the illicit cargo was found. (www.marinelink.com)

10. (U) YEMEN: On 16 March, at least 42 Somali refugees were killed when a helicopter reportedly attacked the
boat in which they were travelling. The incident occurred approximately 30 nm from Hudaydah. (BBC;
www.theguardian.com)

11. (U) ARABIAN SEA: On 13 March, a joint US Navy, Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy operation
intercepted a small stateless dhow in the international waters of the Arabian Sea March 13, seizing 270 kilograms
of heroin. The forces were conducting maritime security operations in the region as a part of Combined Task Force
(CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces, was conducting an inspection of the vessel as part of a flag
verification boarding when the illicit cargo was found. (www.marinelink.com)

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

1. (U) INDONESIA: On 26 March, duty crewman on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier anchored near position
03:43S - 114:25E, Taboneo Anchorage, noticed the forecastle store room door lock was broken. Further checks

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made on the forecastle indicated that the hawse pipe cover securing arrangements were cut through. The crewman
informed the bridge and alarm was raised. Crew mustered and went to the forecastle and found ship’s stores were
stolen. Port Control informed. (IMB)

2. (U) INDONESIA: On 26 March, one robber attempted to board an anchored product tanker near position 01:43N
- 101:26E, Lubuk Gaung Anchorage, Dumai. Alert crewman noticed the robber and raised the alarm. Seeing the
crew’s alertness, the robber escaped in a boat with three accomplices. The robbers were apprehended by
Indonesian Marine Police patrolling in the vicinity. (IMB)

3. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 21 March, one robber boarded an LPG tanker anchored near position 13:40N - 121:03E,
JG Summit Berth, Batangas, during loading operations. An alert duty crewman saw a robber hiding near the
starboard winches. When confronted, the robber threatened the crew with a long knife. Alarm was raised and crew
was alerted. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped in a waiting boat with his accomplice. On searching the
tanker after the incident, the crew reported ship’s properties were stolen. Local authorities and local agents
informed. (IMB)

4. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 26 March, duty crew onboard a tanker anchored near position 13:43N - 121:02E,
Batangas Anchorage, noticed a robber on the forecastle as he approached during routine rounds. The robber
threatened the crewman with a knife, resulting in the duty crew raising the alarm and retreating. Seeing the crew’s
alertness, the robber escaped in a boat. On conducting a thorough security check, ship properties found missing.
Incident reported to the Philippines Coast Guard and Port Authority. (IMB)

5. (U) INDONESIA: On 26 March, two suspicious speed boats with 2-3 persons in each boat approached an
underway tanker near position 01:07N - 103:32E, 7.1 nm west-northwest of Pulau Nipah. Master took evasive
actions, sounded the ship’s horn and directed the signaling lamp towards the boats. At a distance of 15 meters from
the tanker, the boats aborted and moved away. The tanker continued her passage. (IMB)

6. (U) INDONESIA: On 19 March, duty crewman on routine rounds onboard a tanker anchored near position
01:42N - 101:28E, 0.8 nm off Pulat Rupat, Dumai, noticed one person attempting to climb onboard by using a hook
attached to a bamboo stick. The duty crewman informed the duty officer who raised alarm. Seeing the alerted crew,
the intruders aborted and moved away. (IMB)

7. (U) BANGLADESH: On 19 March, four armed men boarded the container ship SANTA FIORENZA, anchored
near position 22:05N - 091:48E, Chittagong Anchorage, and stole several gas cylinders. The master reported the
incident to the Bangladesh Coast Guard via VHF Channel 12. They are investigating the incident. (ReCAAP)

8. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 19 February, pirates believed to be affiliated with Abu Sayyaf, boarded the Vietnam-
flagged cargo ship GIANG HAI, near position 06:09N - 119:39E, approximately 35 nm northwest of Doc Can Island.
The pirates abducted six crew members and killed another. (AFP; ReCAAP; IMB; www.hellenicshippingnews.com)
UPDATE: On 15 March, the Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed that the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf killed
one of the six Vietnamese seafarers abducted from the bulker GIANG HAI. (www.maritime-executive.com)

9. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 15 March, robbers boarded a chemical tanker anchored near position 13:45N - 121:03E,
Batangas Anchorage. Duty crewman on routine rounds noticed that the forepeak store room lock was broken and
immediately informed the duty officer on the bridge. A search was made throughout the tanker. It was reported that
ship’s properties were stolen. (IMB)

J. (U) NORTHEAST ASIA: No current incidents to report.

K. (U) PACIFIC OCEAN - SOUTHERN OCEAN:

1. (U) PAPUA NEW GUINEA: In late March, a group of 13 persons, including two foreign missionaries, were
robbed at knife point as they were travelling to Fergusson Island, Milne Bay province via motor boat. The pirates
stole almost everything from the group, except one mobile phone which was later used to call for help.
(www.emtv.com.pg/news)

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6. (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

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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.

7. (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) Fired 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.

 (U) Robbery – Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.

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

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(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
 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.
 Marine Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-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: 12 April 2017

(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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