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In this ever changing environment, political instability is plain to see in almost every region of the world, that includes the Seas..

This political instability can have a knock on effect for travellers, businessmen and members of government or non-government agencies.

With that, the SECURITY WEBSITE is pleased to bring you an up to date Travel Warnings section. This information is vital for your piece of mind and for your travel planning. Forewarned is Forearmed.

This section of the Security Website is updated on a daily basis, however our information is drawn from the US National Geospatial Agency maritime Department.

Below you will find information pertaining to Maritime Piracy Threats

Piracy at sea is a worldwide phenomenon which has affected not only the coasts of Africa, but also Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Yemen, and Venezuela. American citizens considering travel by sea should exercise caution when near and within these coastal areas.

The information below is vital to any sea vessel, Commercial or otherwise.....


 

October 20th, 2011 -  Shipping Threat Report

ONI's goal is to provide the maritime community with relevant information concerning  threats to safe commercial ship operations for use by maritime personnel in implementing  security.  In order to promote consistent use of accurate terms of reference, the following are  adopted to describe the range of criminal anti-shipping activity and impediments to safe  navigation in our worldwide reporting and analysis:

Boarding - Unauthorized presence on the ship whether in port or underway.

Robbery - Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.

Kidnap - Unauthorized forcible removal of persons belonging to the vessel from it.

Hijack - Unauthorized seizure and retention of a vessel by persons not part of its complement. Fired upon - Weapons discharged at or toward a vessel.

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

Suspicious approach - All other unexplained close proximity of an unknown vessel.

Blocking - Hampering safe navigation, docking, or undocking of a vessel as a means of protest.

Please note that these terms relate to observable activity and are independent of target vessel status and exclude actions by governmental authorities in lawful pursuit of their authority.  ONI welcomes comment and suggestions for addition or amendment.

 

Maritime OPINTEL Report

(U) WORLDWIDE:  Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report

20 Sep – 19 Oct 2011

20 October 2011            Maritime Crime/Piracy

 

(U) Table of Contents

1.            (U) Scope Note

2.            (U) Summary

3.            (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories

4.            (U) Details: Monthly Incidents by Region

5.            (U) Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources

6.            (U) Appendix B: Terminology and References

1. (U) Scope Note

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

2. (U) Summary

(U) This section contains summaries of worldwide maritime crime developments and incidents that occurred over the past week. Details on each development and incident are contained in sections 3 and 4, respectively.

A. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Container vessel (EMIRATES ZAMBEZI) fired upon on 17 October while underway approximately 35 nm east of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania.

B. (U) NIGERIA: Vessel (JOAN CHOUEST) attacked 17 October near the offshore Oso oilfield, near Bonny.

C. (U) NIGERIA: Offshore tug/supply vessel (WILBERT TIDE) boarded 17 October while underway near the offshore Oso oilfield, near Bonny.

D. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Merchant vessel (GAS BALI) was attacked on 16 October while underway approximately 64 nm northeast of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania.

E. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Cargo vessel (BURAK A) fired upon on 16 October while underway in position approximately 170 nm southwest of Salalah, Oman.

F. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Fishing vessel (BERNICA) fired upon on 15 October while underway approximately 299 nm southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia.

G. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Fishing vessel (VIA MISTRAL) attacked 15 October while underway approximately 326 nm southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia.

H. (U) NIGERIA: Product tanker (CAPE BIRD) released on 13 October. Vessel was hijacked on 8 October approximately 90 nm south of Lagos, Nigeria.

3.  (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories

A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan (GOJ) convoy schedule for October/November 2011. Merchant vessels that wish to apply for JMSDF escort operation should visit http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/maritime/maritime_fr2 _000000.html and follow the application procedure. For further information, please contact directly the Anti-Piracy Contact andCoordination Office, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT), Japan: Tel:  +81-3-5253-8932 Fax: +81-3-5253-1643 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (MSCHOA).

B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for October 2011. 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: 870-773-110-286), (Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) (MSCHOA).

C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Royal Thai Navy convoy schedule for September/October 2011.

For further information, please contact (+66-2101-6136; +66-2101-6137), (EMAIL:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). To register for the convoy, please e-mail the ship’s information (including ship’s name, IMO number, ship’s type, GRT, master’s name, ship’s flag, country owner, last port, next port, register to MSCHOA (Yes/No), report to UKMTO (Y/N), BMP Awareness (Y/N), practice BMP (Y/N), security team onboard (Y/N) (armed/unarmed), and expected time to join convoy to e-mail address listed above (MSCHOA).

D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Russian Navy convoy escort schedule for October 2011. For further information e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (MSCHOA).

E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese convoy schedule for October 2011. For further information, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call Tel: 86-10-652-92221 (MSCHOA).

1.            (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.  Designation of a high threat area is based on an assessment of all source information relating to the existence of, or potential for, piracy and other crime, terrorism, civil unrest, or low intensity conflict. 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.

B.            (U) CENTRAL AMERICA–CARIBBEAN: No current incidents to report.

C.            (U) SOUTH AMERICA:

1. (U) ECUADOR: Fifteen robbers armed with guns boarded a container vessel underway during river pilotage in the Guayaquil River, 10 October at 2200, near position 02:21S – 079:59W.  The robbers began opening and stealing contents of two shipping containers.  Ship’s Master raised alarm and robbers aimed their guns at Bridge area and escaped with stolen cargo.

2. (U) VENEZEULA: Five robbers in a high-speed boat approached a container ship awaiting pilot boarding at Guanta Port, 04 October at 1720.  One of the robbers attempted to board the ship with a hook attached to a long pole.  The robbers in the boat threw stones at arriving crewmembers while one of the robbers attempted to climb onboard.  As more crewmembers began arriving at the location of the attempted boarding, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and moved away from the ship at high speed.

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

E. (U) NORTHERN EUROPE–BALTIC:  No current incidents to report.

F. (U) MEDITERRANEAN–BLACK SEA:  No current incidents to report.

G.  (U) WEST AFRICA:

1.            (U) NIGERIA: Vessel (JOAN CHOUEST) attacked by pirates on 17 October near the offshore Oso oilfield, near Bonny. (Open Source)

2.            (U) NIGERIA: Offshore tug/supply vessel (WILBERT TIDE) boarded by pirates on 17 October while underway near the offshore Oso oilfield, near Bonny. The Bangladeshi master was kidnapped as 20 armed men from two speedboats boarded the vessel.  (Open Source)

3.            (U) NIGERIA: Product Tanker (CAPE BIRD) was hijacked by pirates on 8 October approximately 90 nm south of Lagos, Nigeria, and was released on 13 October. No further information on whether a ransom was paid or the cargo of oil was stolen. (Open Source)

4.            BENIN: Chemical tanker fired upon, boarded, and robbed 2 October at 2337 LT while drifting in position 04:06N – 002:51E, approximately 136 nm southeast of Cotonou, Benin. Pirates armed with automatic weapons approached in two small boats and boarded the vessel. The crew retreated into the citadel and stayed there the whole night, when they emerged the next day they found that the pirates had stolen ship cash. (IMB)

5.            (U) GUINEA: Cargo ship (THOR LIGHT) boarded and robbed 29 September at 0505 UTC while anchored in position 09:24N – 013:43W, Conakry anchorage. Ten to twelve robbers armed with guns and knives boarded the vessel and assaulted the eleven crew members. Robbers stayed onboard for approximately 40 minutes, during which time they stole ship’s and crew’s cash and crew’s personal belongings before escaping. Port authorities were contacted but received no response. (Open Source, IMB)

H.  (U) RED SEA:

1.            (U) RED SEA: Chemical tanker (GINGA BOBCAT) experienced an attempted boarding and was fired upon one skiff with an RPG, 28 September at 1258 UTC while underway in position 14:02N – 042:53E, approximately 70 nm southeast of Ras Isa, Yemen. Entire attack group consisted of 3–4 skiffs, each with 4–5 pirates onboard. The vessel was damaged and had a hole in the inert gas room. Vessel did not have a security team. The master took evasive maneuvers, pirates chased the vessel for 15 minutes, and the pirates aborted their attack. (UKMTO, IMB)

2.            (U) RED SEA: Chemical tanker (LIME GALAXY) experienced an attempted boarding by two skiffs on 28 September on 1159 UTC while underway in position 14:18N – 042:50Eapproximately 53 nm southeast of Ras Isa, Yemen. Pirates fired upon the vessel, one pirate attempted to board it with a ladder, the master raised the alarm and engaged in evasive maneuvers, and the pirates aborted the attack. The vessel did not have a security team. (UKMTO, IMB)

3.            (U) RED SEA: Cargo vessel (CS CIHAN) boarded by pirates on 25 September at 1342 UTC while underway in position 14:09N – 042:49E, approximately 62 nm southeast of Ras Isa, Yemen. The pirates boarded the vessel and damaged it by firing upon it. The crew stopped the ship when the attack occurred and retreated to a citadel for about 3.5 hours before they left and discovered no pirates onboard. The vessel had no security team. (Operator, UKMTO)

I. (U) INDIAN OCEAN–EAST AFRICA:

1. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Container vessel (EMIRATES ZAMBEZI) fired upon by six pirates in one skiff on 17 October at 2100 UTC while underway in position 06:26S – 040:06E, approximately 35 nm east of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. Pirates were armed with guns and an RPG.  The Master raised the alarm, took evasive maneuvers, and all crew except bridge team mustered in citadel.  Onboard armed security team activated deck lights and fire hoses and returned weapons fire, resulting in the pirates moving away. (IMB)

2. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Merchant vessel (GAS BALI) reported being attacked on 16 October at 10:57 UTC while underway in position 05:01S – 040:03E, approximately 64 nm northeast of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania.  One skiff closed on the ship and the onboard security team fired a warning shot.  Personnel in the skiff returned fire with an RPG, which did not hit the ship.  Crew mustered in the citadel with exception of bridge team.  Skiff reportedly aborted attack at this point. (Operator)

3. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Cargo vessel (BURAK A) fired upon with an RPG by pirates in two skiffs on 16 October at 1508 UTC while underway in position 14:26N – 052:49E, approximately 170 nm southwest of Salalah, Oman. Vessel did not have security onboard or a citadel.

(Operator)

4. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Fishing vessel (BERNICA) fired upon by pirates on 15 October at 0324 UTC while underway in position 00:54N – 050:13E, approximately 299 nm southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia. One mothership and two skiffs were involved in the attack. (Operator)

(U) INDIAN OCEAN: Fishing vessel (VIA MISTRAL) attacked by pirates on 15 October at 1050 UTC, while underway in position 00:39N – 050:32E, approximately 326 nm southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia. (Operator)

5. (U) ARABIAN SEA: Bulk cargo vessel (MONTECRISTO) boarded and fired upon by pirates in one skiff 10 October at 0452 UTC while underway in position 12:31N – 061:48E, approximately 440 nm east of Socotra Island, Yemen. Pirates fired at vessel with an RPG, crew locked themselves in the citadel. A Royal Navy vessel and a U.S. frigate freed the vessel and all crew were safe. Eleven pirates were detained by authorities. (UKMTO, Operator, Press)

6. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Container ship (KOTA NASRAT) fired upon by pirates in two skiffs 6 October at 1650 UTC while underway in position 06:03.5S – 042:15.8E, approximately 184 nm northeast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The duty officer raised the alarm, sent a distress message, and all crew mustered in the citadel except the master, bridge duty crew, and armed security team. The security team fired flares and warning shots but the pirates ignored the warnings and continued to chase and fire upon the vessel. The armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. (IMB, UKMTO)

7. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Fishing vessel (GLENAN) fired upon by pirates in two skiffs 3

October at 0532 UTC while underway in position 04:59N – 058:00E, approximately 558 nm east of Hobyo, Somalia. One dhow was also sighted. Vessel was protected by a French Navy team, which exchanged fire with the pirates, no injuries were reported. (Operator)

8. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Oil exploration vessel (OCEAN RIG POSEIDON) fired upon by pirates 3 October at 2016 LT while underway in position 07:49S – 040:14E, approximately 83 nm southeast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Seven pirates approached the vessel, which sent out a distress call. Vessel with Tanzanian Navy personnel responded, there was an exchange of fire, and the pirates were arrested. (IMB, Open Source)

9. (U) ARABIAN SEA: Cargo vessel (LARA RICKMERS) fired upon by five pirates in one

skiff 2 October at 0901 UTC while underway in position 16:06N – 062:47E, approximately 525 nm northeast of Socotra Island, Yemen. Skiff approached at 23 knots, the cargo vessel into approach and started to fire at the vessel about 60 meters from it. The team fired warning shots in front of the skiff, then again as the skiff continued its approach. The skiff moved away, and at a distance of 700 meters fired an RPG which did not hit the skiff. The team additional skiff was sighted. (UKMTO, IMB)

10. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Chemical tanker (UACC SHAMS) fired upon by four pirates in one skiff 2 October at 0350 UTC while underway in position 03:50N – 056:23E, approximately 480 nm southeast of Hobyo, Somalia. Vessel noticed mothership launching two skiffs from 8 nonessential crew retreated into the citadel. Armed security team fired warning shots at the skiff when it closed to 800 meters, skiff fell back and fired RPG which exploded 200 meters from the vessel, which was unharmed, pirates then aborted the attack. (UKMTO, IMB)

11. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Bulk carrier (THEOFOROS I) experienced an attempted boarding by seven pirates in one skiff 2 October at 0400 UTC while underway in position 13:01N – 048:49E, approximately 92 nm southwest of Al Mukalla, Yemen. Master noticed skiff approaching at 20 knots, raised the alarm, informed navies in the vicinity, and enforced antipiracy measures. Unarmed security team fired a warning flare at 500 meters, crew retreated to the citadel. After pirates in the skiff hooked a ladder onto the vessel the security team retreated to the citadel. Communications with navies were established and a helicopter confirmed there were no pirates onboard the vessel. Security team left the citadel, confirmed there were no pirates onboard, and let the crew out. Pirates had ripped off some of the razor wire on the vessel.  (IMB, Open Source)

12. (U) INDIAN OCEAN: Chemical tanker (TORM REPUBLICAN) fired upon by pirates in one skiff 29 September at 1215 UTC while underway in position 11:40.8N – 063:05E, approximately 507 nm southeast of Socotra Island, Yemen. Vessel had fire hoses, razor wire, a lookout, and sounded the alarm when the attack began. Armed security team fired warning shots, and skiff fired three shots at the vessel, then aborted the attack. (NATO Shipping Center)

J.   (U) PERSIAN GULF: No current incidents to report.

K.  (U) SOUTHEAST ASIA:

1.            (U) THAILAND:  On 10 October, at least 12 Chinese sailors were killed when their two cargo ships, the HUA PING and the YU XING 8, were attacked with gunfire on the Mekong River in the northern province of Chang Rai.  One of the sailors from the YU XING 8 is still unaccounted for.   Local authorities are releasing few details, saying they are in the early phases of the investigation, but have said they cannot rule out the possible involvement of drug gangs in this attack.

2.            (U) SINGAPORE: On 10 October at 0335 LT, Tug BRITOIL 71 boarded and robbed at position 01:02N – 103:38E. Armed with parangs and a handgun, the five masked robbers took away a laptop, mobile phones, and cash from the crew before escaping.

3.            (U) VIETNAM: on 10 October, bulk carrier anchored at position 10:09N – 107:13E boarded by robbers armed with knives. They threatened duty watchman, stole ship’s stores and departed the ship. (IMB)

4.            (U) VIETNAM: Container ship boarded and robbed 30 September at 2300 LT while anchored in position 10:13.55N – 107:04.04E, approximately 38 nm southeast of Ho Chi Minh City at the Vung Tau Outer Anchorage. Robbers boarded the vessel and stole ship stores unnoticed by ship crew. The duty able seaman (AB) later found the lock to the forward store broken (IMB)

L.   (U) NORTH ASIA:  No current incidents to report.

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

N.  (U) ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC NON-STATE ACTIVIST GROUPS: 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://www.nga.mil/portal/site/maritime. 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 each week on the ONI Intel Portal and can be found at :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.


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