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									25 JUN 08
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                         OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
                     CIVIL MARITIME ANALYSIS DEPARTMENT
                        WORLDWIDE THREAT TO SHIPPING
                        MARINER WARNING INFORMATION
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POC: DAVID PEARL:
COMM (301) 669-4905
FAX (301) 669-3247
E-mail dpearl@nmic.navy.mil
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SARAH ABOUFASHA:
COMM (301) 669-4784
FAX (301) 669-3247
E-mail saboufasha@nmic.navy.mil
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ANDREW MOULDER:
COMM (301) 669-3471
FAX (301) 669-3247
E-mail amoulder@nmic.navy.mil
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1. This message provides information on threats to, and criminal
action against merchant shipping worldwide in the last 30 days.
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  A. To aid in our reporting, please add the Office of Naval
Intelligence (ONI) as an information addressee when possible to
your normal corporate and organizational reporting requirements.
The ONI message address is ONI WASHINGTON DC//11// or, the ONI
Violence at Sea (VAS) desk may be contacted at commercial phone
(301) 669-4905 or via e-mail: dpearl@nmic.navy.mil. Report
may also be made to the National Response Center (U.S. Coast
Guard) hotline: 1-800-424-8802 or the Maritime Administration
Office of Ship Operations, MAR-613, (202) 366-5735; FAX
(202) 366-3954, e-mail: opcentr1@marad.dot.gov.
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  B. 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.
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  C. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) also publishes a
weekly piracy summary, based on reporting from the IMB Piracy
Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Each week's report is
published on Tuesday and may be accessed through
their web page http://www.icc-ccs.org/prc/piracyreport.php.
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    D. Anti-piracy and crime current developments:
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     1. SOMALIA: International efforts continue to address Somali piracy problem, per 16 June
reporting. The French Navy and its Chinese counterpart are discussing ways to strengthen
intelligence exchange to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior French naval officer
said. Vice Admiral Gerard Valin, commander of French joint forces in the Indian Ocean, says
both navies can work together especially in the waters off Somalia, where many Chinese fishing
boats ply. Mr Valin, who is in Hong Kong, says he will meet with security chiefs from the island
and mainland China to further cooperate between the two sides. The need to strengthen
international exchange of information at sea was a prominent theme in this year‟s Shangri-la
Dialogue, an annual even held last month in Singapore, where defense ministers convened to
discuss security issues for the Asia-Pacific region. In 11 June reporting, Spain‟s minister of the
environment and rural and marine affairs, Elena Espinosa, announced in the Congress (of
Deputies - lower house of parliament) the units Spain will send to protect fishing boats working
in the Indian Ocean and prevent incidents occurring like the one suffered by the fishing vessel
(PLAYA DE BAKIO). Before 25 June, the government will announce the composition of the
international protection force for tuna fishing boats working in the Indian Ocean. This was
confirmed by the minister of the environment and rural and marine affairs in the Congress. For
all that, Elena Espinosa did not confirm when it will start working. There is a hurry, she
admitted, because in July the Spanish vessels will be back in the region. “The idea - and this is
the offer that's been made - is that Spain should be able to head the launch of this operation, that
a command ship would be required with another three or four ships, one support ship and at least
two maritime patrol planes and boarding units,” a senior military official told local media (AFP,
LM: Mareeg Online).
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     2. SOMALIA: Clash in Puntland between soldiers and pirates, on the evening of 11 Jun 08.
Fighting erupted between a group of pirates and soldiers local to Somalia‟s semiautonomous
state of Puntland, a pirate spokesman told Radio Garowe. The spokesman, who refused to
identify himself, stated that the pirates are still in control of the (AMIYA SCAN) and its crew.
Clashes reportedly erupted after a soldier led by a senior Puntland police commander attacked
the pirates during negotiations. The pirates‟ spokesman stated that Mr. Haji Adan, who was
appointed as Puntland‟s deputy police chief, had “requested a bribe” which the pirates reportedly
agreed to pay. But when a pirate was sent to deliver the funds to the deputy police commander,
the pirate and his guards were ordered to surrender their weapons. The fight erupted
immediately afterwards, killing one soldier and wounding two others. The pirate negotiator, Mr.
Timojili, was also reportedly wounded during the battle. The spokesman said the pirates will
“take action against Puntland soldiers in Eyl.” Locals reportedly saw heavily-armed pirates
preparing for battle in a small village called Qarhis, which is in the outskirts of Eyl. (LM:
Garowe Online).
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     3. SRI LANKA: LTTE sympathizer held in Tamil; goods seized from boat, 14 Jun 08, off
Devipattinam in Rameswaram. A suspected LTTE sympathizer was taken into custody while his
goods, including batteries and medicines, were seized from a speedboat. The „Q‟ branch of the
Police dealing with militant activities seized Indian Rs. 1 million worth of batteries, Army
uniforms, medicines and gloves from the boat around midnight, sources said. An inspector said
that the occupants of the boat had jumped into the sea upon seeing the police but that they
managed to catch the sympathizer from Sri Lanka. Three others managed to escape (LM: The
Hindu).
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     4. ANAMBAS ISLANDS: Pirate attack warning, 9 Jun 08, South China Sea. The
International Maritime Bureau‟s piracy reporting centre is warning ships to maintain a vigilant
anti-piracy watch when passing the Anambas Islands. In an alert sent to shipping lines, the IMB
  reported that five vessels had been attacked in the area since 24 Mar 08. Pirates were in
speedboats and armed with long knives and guns, and were targeting cash and property from
vessels. On 4 Jun 08, the Liberian-registered tanker (RED WING) was attacked in the area by
seven pirates. The IMB advised all ships transiting the area to maintain a vigilant 24 hour anti-
piracy watch (IMB, LL).
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     5. UNITED STATES: The US Navy establishes a liaison office in Miami, 12 Jun 08
reporting. The US Navy is reaching out to the commercial shipping sector in Latin America by
establishing a liaison office in Miami and will be hosting a maritime security conference in Sep
08. The announcement came from Radm James W Stevenson Jr, Commander, US Naval Forces
Southern Command. He says that the Maritime Liaison Unit - Latin America (MARLU-
LATAM) is being established “to facilitate the exchange of information and promote cooperation
between the US Navy and the commercial maritime community throughout Latin America, the
Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific.” The unit is modeled after the Maritime Liaison Office
(MARLO) Bahrain, which has, together with commercial and governmental maritime partners,
successfully addressed maritime safety and security for over 20 years. “MARLU-LATAM is an
integral part of the US Navy‟s commitment to forging stronger partnerships with the shipping
industry on a global scale,” Stevenson said, adding that the liaison office will host the 1st Annual
MARLU-LATAM Maritime Security Conference in Miami on 17 Sept 08 (FP Daily News).
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    6. NICARAGUA: Special warning for Mariners operating small vessels, 12 Jun 08.
Mariners operating small vessels such as yachts and fishing boats should not that Nicaragua has
boundary disputes with its neighbors in both its Caribbean and Pacific waters, and should
exercise caution. The Caribbean waters lying generally south of the 15th parallel and east of the
82nd up to the 79th Meridians are subject to a current dispute between Nicaragua and Colombia.
The international court of justice has delimited a new maritime boundary line awarding maritime
areas to the government of Nicaragua previously claimed by Honduras above the 15th parallel
and apparently east of the 82nd Meridian. The Nicaraguan Navy is patrolling portions of this
maritime space, enforcing the requirement that fishing vessels hold a valid Nicaraguan fishing
license, and has seized vessels not in compliance. There have been cases where Nicaraguan
authorities have seized foreign-flagged fishing and other vessels off the Nicaraguan coast. The
government of Nicaragua imposes heavy fines on parties caught fishing illegally within waters of
Nicaragua‟s jurisdiction. While in all cases passengers and crew have been released within a
period of several weeks, in some cases the ships have been searched, personal gear and
navigational equipment has disappeared and Nicaraguan authorities have held seized vessels for
excessive periods. Prompt US Embassy consular access to detain US citizens on Nicaragua‟s
Caribbean coast may not be possible because of delays in notification due to the relative isolation
of the region. There have been reported incident of piracy in Caribbean and Pacific waters off the
coast of Nicaragua, but the Nicaraguan Navy has increased its patrols and no recent incidents
have been reported (NGA, Special Warning no. 124).
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    7. SOMALIA: French Win Somali Security Contract, per 4 Jun 08 reporting. Somalia has
awarded the private French military company Secopex a contract to establish a maritime coast
guard agency. Secopax will be involved in strengthening Somalia‟s customs agency and
maritime police force as well training guards of Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf. The Somali
coast guard will aim to combat piracy but also illegal fishing in Somali waters, which Secopex
has publicly claimed is regularly carried out by international ships, both Western and Asian, to
the detriment of the local economy. Secopex will carry out security audits for Somali in the
coming weeks, before implementing projects over 36 months. The French media said Somalia
has sought international funds to help finance new maritime security arrangements. Secopex,
based in Carcassone, southern France, will also seek to persuade international ship owners to
contract it for the provision of armed guards on vessels sailing past and through Somali waters.
IMB director Captain Pottengal Mukundan expressed concern about commercial ships
employing armed guards. “Using armed guards on ships is not the way to go. This is more
complicated and prohibited by flag states”, he said. Conflicting reports arise about the role of the
French Security Firm in Somalia, 20 Jun 08. The office of the president of Somalia's transitional
federal government says there have been misleading reports regarding an agreement President
Abdullahi Yusuf signed last month with a private French military company. The firm says it has
been given an exclusive, three-year mandate to provide maritime security and to train a Somali
presidential guard unit. But President Yusuf's office says he has not signed any such deal.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes his Somali counterpart, President Abdullahi Yusuf,
prior to a meeting at the Elysee palace, on 5 May 08 in Paris. President Yusuf's chief advisor,
Abdirizak Adan Hassan, tells Voice of America that the Somali leader has given the French
company, Secopex, approval to pursue a contract to boost security off the Somali coast, create a
coastal intelligence unit, and to train the president's bodyguards. But Hassan says President
Yusuf has not given Secopex exclusive rights to carry out those projects in Somalia. He said that
they cannot go into a contract with Secopex because his government is not able to provide the
funds to do so. However, he stated that if Secopex can get their own payment for the contract
from the international community, mainly the UN, US, and the French government, they will not
mind if they are selected. Once that is resolved, they can further discuss an answer. Hassan,
who accompanied the president to France last month, says Mr. Yusuf made clear to Secopex that
it would have to bid for the contract, estimated to be worth between $75 million and $150
million annually for the next three years. The maritime Indian Ocean Newsletter reports the
agreement is not binding in that it does not oblige the Somali government to pay for Secopex's
services. The newsletter says it has documents that show that the agreement signed in Paris
giving the French company an exclusive 36-month mandate to carry out its project. Secopex will
reportedly conduct an audit of existing facilities in Somalia to determine the contract amount,
and that the successful rescue of the yacht's crew had played a part in the signing of the deal with
the Somali leader (FP, Voice of America).
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     8. CANADA/PHILIPPINES: Canada and the Philippines have proposed co-operative
efforts towards the fight against piracy and to improve maritime security, per 9 Jun 08. The co-
operation could be done by holding naval exercises and exchanges between the two countries,
according to Martin Teft, the commander of the Canadian naval ship, HMCS Ottawa. The
Ottawa was on a goodwill visit to Manila last week when Teft told the media that Canada is
committed to participate in security and trade activities and operations in Asia Pacific, which
include the conduct of naval drills. He said that it should be done to map out schemes as part of
intensifying awareness in maritime security. Teft said the Canadian naval presence in the Asia
Pacific is aimed at expanding its regional confidence building measures with major countries in
the region, particularly in the area of counter-terrorism and initiatives to fight transnational
crimes (FP).
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     9. SOMALIA: UN approves resolution to combat piracy off Somalia 2 Jun 08. IMO
Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations
Security Council of a resolution authorizing a series of decisive measures to combat acts of
piracy and armed robbery against vessels off the coast of Somalia. Under the terms of resolution
1816 (2008), which was adopted unanimously, the Security Council decided that, following
receipt of a letter from Somalia to the President of the UN Security Council giving the consent of
Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG), States co-operating with the TFG would be
allowed, for a period of six months, to enter the country's territorial waters and use "all necessary
means" to repress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, in a manner consistent with relevant
provisions of international law. (IMO).
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    10. PHILIPPINES: Firearms seized, arrests made from suspected members of extortion
syndicate 30 May 08, southwest of Sulade Island, Sulu. The Navy‟s Western Mindanao –
Combined (NavForWem-C) intercepted a group of 15 heavily armed men who were allegedly
extorting money from several fishing boats. The suspects were onboard a motorboat bearing the
initials MARINA-ARMM. The Navy was able to confiscate from the suspects 10 high powered
firearms including UZI machine gun and M16 rifles with several ammunitions and other military
gadgets. The firearms were undocumented. The suspects claim that they are MARINA-ARMM
personnel and were conducting inspections in a fishing boat when they were apprehended.
However some fishing companies are complaining of some armed men who extort money from
the crew of their fishing boats. The Navy will also coordinate with the Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government to check on the real identity of the suspects. A case
will still be filed against the 15 arrested due to illegal possession of firearms and alleged
extortion. As of 2 Jun 08, The Navy unit in Western Mindanao have filed formal charges in
court in Zamboanga City against the arrested persons. The suspects are presently detained at the
Zamboanga City Police Office (LM: ABS-CBN Zamboanga).
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    11. PHILIPPINES: US allots funds to tighten Philippine border, 3 Jun 08. Washington has
agreed to provide $15.5 million to help the Philippines guard its southern maritime borders
against pirates, smugglers and Muslim militants. According to a Philippine military report seen
by REUTERS, the US Department of Defense will fund a navy plan to acquire and install a
network of high-frequency radio communications equipment for the southern region of the
archipelago. Washington has also agreed to train, equip, and help build up the Philippine
military‟s naval defence capability under its 2007 National Defence Authorisation Act. About
$4.4 million of the funds would be used to upgrade ageing U-1H helicopters. A senior official at
the Philippines‟ Department of National Defence told REUTERS that the US was also helping
Malaysia and Indonesia set up similar maritime border security programmes to prevent Islamic
militants from gaining access to these waters (RETUERS).
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   12. SRI LANKA: Fishermen questioned for smuggling contraband to LTTE 4 Jun 08. At
least five of 24 fishermen handed over to the Indian Coast Guard officials by the Sri Lankan
navy are being interrogated for allegedly smuggling contraband to the LTTE, police said. The
five fishermen belong to three inland districts of Tamil Nadu. The Indian fishermen had been
jailed in Sri Lanka 14 May 08 following their arrest in Palk Bay by the Sri Lankan Navy. Sri
Lankan officials claimed that the fishermen were supplying contraband to the banned LTTE, a
charge denied by the Indian fishermen who alleged wrongdoing by the isle‟s navy, Indian Navy
sources said (LM: thaindian.com).
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    13. SURINAME: Guyanese fishermen arrested, vessels seized 1 Jun 08. Law enforcement
authorities in Suriname arrested 19 Guyanese fishermen for fishing illegally in the country‟s
waters. The authorities have also seized three 60-foot vessels used by the fishermen. The
country‟s defense minister Ivan Fernald quoted “These crackdowns are very expensive
operations so we had to make sure that we would be successful.” Last month, fishermen in the
former Dutch colony staged a demonstration to protest alleged harassment from Guyanese
fishermen. The protestors were demanding stricter law enforcement by the authorities to drive
out illegal fishers from their waters. “Although we are licensed operators, we are now aliens in
our own Surinamese fishing grounds”, said Prahlad Sewdien, President of the Suriname Seafood
Association (SSA). He said that the area between the Coppename River and Nickerie has been
taken over by scores of Guyanese fishermen who were harassing local fishermen. “As soon as
they (the illegal Guyanese) spot our men they are being contacted via radio and told to move
from the area.” (LM: Stabroek News)
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   14. GULF OF ADEN: Warning from IMB Piracy Reporting Center, 26 May 08. A total of
six attempted attacks and two hijackings have been reported by vessels recently since 19 May 08
at 1720 UTC. The attempted attacks were around 12:49.3N–050:36.3E, 13:16.2N-049:08.7E,
13.25.2N–047:57.8E, 14:02N–050:46E, 13:16.2N-049:08.7E, 12:45.7N–046:43.6E, and the two
hijackings were located at 13:09N-048:58E (LEHMANN TIMBER) and 13:13N-050:49E
(AMIYA SCAN). Pirates firing at vessels with rocket propelled grenades may attempt to board
and possibly hijack. All vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden are advised to take additional
precautionary measures and maintain a strict 24 hrs anti piracy visual watch and radar watch.
Look out for small suspicious boats converging to own vessel. Report all incidents including
suspicious sighting to IMB piracy reporting centre (IMB).
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  E. Source codes: Information contained in this report is
derived through direct reporting and analysis of reports of other
agencies and commercial sources. Source codes will be added to
new reports to enable users requiring more detail to make contact.
Codes currently in use are:
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     AFP, Agence France Presse
     AP, Associated Press
   BBC, BBC News
   BIMCO, Baltic and International Maritime Council, Denmark
   DHS, U. S. Department of Homeland Security
   DOJ, U. S. Department of Justice
   DOT, U. S. Department of Transportation
   FP, Fairplay, London
   GP, Greenpeace
   IMB, International Maritime Bureau, London and Kuala Lumpur
   IMO, International Maritime Organization, London
   INFO, Informa Group, formerly LLP, Llp Limited, London
   LAT, Latitud38.com website
   LL, Lloyd's List, daily, London
   LM, local media
   MARAD, Maritime Administration, US
   MSC, Maritime Security Council, US
   NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels
   NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Navigation
     Safety System
   ONI, Office of Naval Intelligence analysis and comment
   Operator, owner or operator of affected vessel
   OSAC, Overseas Security Advisory Council
   USCG, United States Coast Guard
   RAN, Royal Australian Navy
   ReCAAP ISC, Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy
    and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, Information Sharing Center
   REUTERS, Reuters
   RNZN, Royal New Zealand Navy
   SAP, Seafarers‟ Assistance Program, Kenya
   STATE, U. S. Department of State
   TW, Tradewinds
   UKMTO, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization
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2. 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 event is later learned not to be as 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. Specific incidents will be reported for one month.
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3. This week's highlights:
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  A. Conflicting reports arise about role of French Security Firm in Somalia, 20 Jun 08 (Para
1.D.7.).
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  B. Vehicle carrier boarded, robbed 18 Jun 08, Port Au Prince anchorage, Haiti (Para 5.B.1.).
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  C. MEND attacks Bonga oilfield production unit 19 Jun 08, oilfield OML 212, approximately
63NM offshore Nigeria (Para 5.G.1.).
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  D. UPDATE: Oil supply vessel (SOLAR TIDE II) attacked 25NM west of the Pennington
River entrance, Nigeria (Para 5.G.2.).
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  E. Privately owned yacht attacked, passengers kidnapped 23 Jun 08, coastal town of Lasqorey,
Somalia, Gulf of Aden (Para 5.H.1.)
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  F. Vessel reported suspicious approach 21 Jun 08, approximately 50NM south of Yemen, Gulf
of Aden (Para 5.H.2.).
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  G. Cargo vessel reported suspicious approach 21 Jun 08, approximately 34NM south of
Yemen, Gulf of Aden (Para 5.H.3.).
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  H. Vessel reported suspicious approach, 34NM south of Yemen, Gulf of Aden (Para 5.H.4.).
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  I. Product tanker (BLUE OCEAN-7) hijacked 21 May 08, recovered, Makassar Strait,
Indonesia (Para 5.K.7.).
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4. Contents and summary of threat areas detailed in paragraph 5:
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  A. NORTH AMERICA:
     1. No current incidents to report.
  B. CENTRAL AMERICA-CARIBBEAN:
     1. Vehicle carrier boarded, robbed 18 Jun 08, Port Au Prince anchorage, Haiti
  C. SOUTH AMERICA:
     1. No current incidents to report.
  D. ATLANTIC OCEAN AREA:
     1. No current incidents to report.
  E. NORTHERN EUROPE-BALTIC:
     1. No current incidents to report.
  F. MEDITERRANEAN-BLACK SEA:
     1. No current incidents to report.
  G. WEST AFRICA:
     1. MEND attacks Bonga oil field production unit 19 Jun 08, oilfield OML 212,
        approximately 63NM offshore Nigeria.
     2. Oil supply vessel (SOLAR TIDE II) attacked 25NM west of the Pennington River
        entrance, Nigeria.
     3. Security vessel (SEACOR MACOR) attacked 10 Jun 08, off Akwa Ibom State, Addak‟s
        Anthan oilfield OML123, off Qua Iboe river, Nigeria.
  4. Oil supply vessel (ALTRA G) attacked 8 Jun 08, in oilfield OML126, approximately
     22NM offshore the Nigerian coastline, south of Bonny.
  5. Chemical tanker boarded 7 Jun 08, Lagos, Nigeria.
  6. Fishing trawler (MAREENA 1) boarded, robbed, crewmember killed, 13NM off the coast,
     Nigeria per 12 Jun reporting.
  7. Product tanker boarded 27 May 08, Lagos, Nigeria.
  8. MEND claims responsibility for attack on Shell facility, soldiers reportedly killed 26 May
     08, Awoba flow station in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria.
  9. Military boat hijacked 9 Jun 08, Bakassi Peninsula, Gulf of Guinea, Cameroon.
 10. Refrigerated cargo ship reported attempted boarding 5 Jun 08, Poine Noire Anchorage,
     Congo.
H. INDIAN OCEAN-EAST AFRICA:
  1. Privately owned yacht attacked, passengers kidnapped 23 Jun 08, coastal town of
     Lasqorey, Somalia, Gulf of Aden.
  2. Vessel reported suspicious approach 21 Jun 08, approximately 50NM south of Yemen,
     Gulf of Aden.
  3. Cargo vessel reported suspicious approach 21 Jun 08, approximately 34NM south of
     Yemen, Gulf of Aden.
  4. Vessel reported suspicious approach, 34NM south of Yemen, Gulf of Aden.
  5. Cargo ship reported suspicious approach, 31NM off the coast of Yemen, per 9 Jun
     reporting.
  6. Tanker reported suspicious approach 3 Jun 08, 21NM off the coast of Yemen.
  7. Container ship fired upon 3 Jun 08, 73NM off the Somali coast, Gulf of Aden.
  8. Product tanker reported suspicious approach 1 Jun 08, approximately 23NM from the
     Yemen coast, Gulf of Aden.
  9. Tanker reported suspicious approach 28 May 08, 21NM off the Yemen coast, Gulf of
     Aden.
 10. Cargo ship (LEHMANN TIMBER) hijacked 28 May 08, 56NM south of the Yemen
     coast, Gulf of Aden.
 11. Tanker reported suspicious approach 27 May 08, 28NM off the Yemen coast, Gulf of
     Aden.
 12. Cargo ship (AMIYA SCAN) hijacked 25 May 08, 117NM south of Qishn, Yemen, 80NM
     off the Somali coast, Gulf of Aden.
 13. Bulk carrier reported suspicious approach 25 May 08, 32NM off the Yemen coast, Gulf of
     Aden.
 14. LTTE attacks Navy outpost 12 Jun 08, Erukkalampiddi, Mannar Island, Sri Lanka.
 15. Indian fishermen shot by Sri Lankan Navy 2 Jun 08, near Katchativu, Sri Lanka.
 16. Sri Lankan military sinks LTTE vessels 29 May 08, off northern coast of Sri Lanka.
 17. Yacht (MOONFLOWER) reported suspicious approach in Jan 08, approximately 85NM
     off the coast, Sri Lanka, per 2 Jun 08 reporting.
 18. Container ship boarded, robbed 13 Jun 08, Chittagong Outer Roads Anchorage 'B',
     Bangladesh.
 19. Container Ship (TABAGO BAY) reported suspicious approach 29 Apr 08, Chittagong
     Port, Bangladesh, per 2 Jun reporting.
 20. Container Ship boarded 29 Apr 08, Chittagong Anchorage B, Bangladesh, per 2 Jun
       reporting.
   21. Container Ship (MARTHA RUSS) boarded, robbed 26 Apr 08, Chittagong Port,
       Bangladesh, per 2 Jun reporting.
 I. RED SEA:
    1. No current incidents to report.
 J. PERSIAN GULF:
    1. No current incidents to report.
 K. SOUTHEAST ASIA:
    1. General cargo ship boarded, robbed 13 Jun 08, Port Campha Inner Anchorage, Vietnam.
    2. General cargo ship (HEREFORD EXPRESS) attacked 9 Jun 08 (reported by ReCAAP) 7
       Jun 08 (reported by IMB), 33NM northwest of Manado, Indonesia, Celebes Sea.
    3. Container ship reported suspicious approach 4 Jun 08, 60NM off the coast of Malaysia.
    4. Chemical tanker (RED WING) boarded, robbed 4 Jun 08, approximately 75NM off the
       coast of Cape Tenggaron, Malaysia.
    5. Container ship boarded 3 Jun 08, off Anambas, Indonesia.
    6. Tug (CATHAY 5) boarded, robbed 27 May 08, off Helen Mar Reef, Indonesia.
    7. Product tanker (BLUE OCEAN-7) hijacked 21 May 08, recovered, Makassar Strait,
       Indonesia.
    8. General cargo ship (RAYS) boarded 28 Apr 08, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
    9. Yacht (CARILLON) boarded, robbed in late April, Pulau Ungar, western side of
       Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia, per 14 Jun 08 reporting.
 L. NORTH ASIA:
    1. No current incidents to report.
 M. PACIFIC OCEAN AREA:
    1. No current incidents to report.
 N. ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC NON-STATE ACTIVIST GROUPS:
    1. Brazilian ports face protests, Pecem port, per 13 Jun 08 reporting.
    2. A group of Taiwanese activists, disputed island group of Tiaoyutai, 16 Jun 08, East China
       Sea, Tiaoyutai Islands.
    3. Fishermen threaten to block Malta's ports over tuna ban, 17 Jun 08.
    4. Greenpeace vessel (ARCTIC SUNRISE) attacked by fishermen, 30 May 08, Cypriot
       Channel, Turkey.
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5. DETAILS: There is reported active violence against shipping,
a credible threat to shipping, or the potential to develop into a
direct threat to the safety of shipping in the following areas:
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  A. NORTH AMERICA: No current incidents to report.
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  B. CENTRAL AMERICA-CARIBBEAN:
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     1. HAITI: Vehicle carrier boarded, robbed 18 Jun 08 at 0530 local time while at anchorage
in position 18:34.2N-072:24.2W, Port Au Prince anchorage. Robbers boarded the vessel via the
anchor chain. They stole ship's stores from the forward station and escaped (IMB).
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    C. SOUTH AMERICA: No current incidents to report.
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    D. ATLANTIC OCEAN AREA: No current incidents to report.
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    E. NORTHERN EUROPE-BALTIC: No current incidents to report.
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    F. MEDITERRANEAN-BLACK SEA: No current incidents to report.
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    G. WEST AFRICA:
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    1. NIGERIA: MEND reportedly attacks Bonga oilfield production unit 19 Jun 08, oilfield
OML 212, approximately 63NM offshore. According to a Nigerian Navy spokesman, three
people were kidnapped from a private security vessel during the attack. MEND reportedly
attempted to break into the computer control room, which they hoped to destroy, but were
unsuccessful. MEND claimed responsibility for the Bonga attack and urged oil companies to
evacuate foreign staff from Nigeria. Oil production was stopped from the oil field and reportedly
resumed 25 Jun 08. MEND, which has stepped up attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure since
Apr 08, also said that oil and gas tankers were at risk of attack if they entered Nigerian waters
(LM: Bloomberg.com, AFP, AP, REUTERS).
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     2. NIGERIA: Oil supply vessel (SOLAR TIDE II), American citizen kidnapped 19 Jun 08,
25NM west of the Pennington River entrance. The kidnapping came after a militant group in
speedboats launched an attack on the Bonga flow station. After the attack, the gunmen came
across the oil supply vessel and kidnapped its U.S. captain in an apparent opportunistic attack,
according to a navy spokesman. A leader of the MEND claimed responsibility, Royal Dutch
Shell also confirmed the attack, giving no details. The seizure of the American worker was
confirmed by private security officials. Officials also stated that two other seamen on board
were injured in the attack. The American citizen was subsequently released the same day at
0445 local time, according to a US official. The Nigerian navy has sent two frigates, (NNS
NWAMBA) and (NNS OLOGBO) to patrol near the major deep-sea oilfield that was attacked by
rebels, military sources stated 23 Jun 08. The two frigates are each mounted with two 30mm
cannons and a crew of about 50. One military source said the two vessels deployed on 21 Jun 08
would only have a dissuasive effect, as they are not sufficiently mobile and no match for the
MEND speedboats (AFP, AP, REUTERS).
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    3. NIGERIA: Security vessel (SEACOR MACOR) attacked 10 Jun 08, early morning off
Akwa Ibom State, Addak‟s Anthan oilfield OML123, off Qua Iboe river. The vessel, owned by
Canada‟s Addax Petroleum Company, was attacked by unidentified armed militants in two
speedboats and reportedly killed nine Nigerian Navy members and injured four civilians
according to a spokesman for the Joint Task Force. Addax said it believed the attack had been
carried out by criminals rather than by politically motivated militants. No group has claimed
responsibility for the attack (REUTERS, AFP, LM: allafrica.com, thestar.com).
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    4. NIGERIA: Oil supply vessel (ALTRA G) attacked 8 Jun 08 at 1145 local time, in oilfield
OML126, approximately 22NM offshore the Nigerian coastline, south of Bonny. The vessel,
owned by Canada‟s Addax Petroleum Company, was traveling from Calabar area to Onne when
unidentified gunmen in two speedboats reportedly ambushed the vessel that was transporting
eight navy seamen. The Addax Company stated that one of the firm's contractors was killed in
the attack, while one naval personnel and a crewmember were injured during the altercation
before being repelled by Joint Task Force (JTF). Additional reporting states that four naval men
were injured. However, the navy denies reports of any causalities or injuries and states that they
successfully foiled the attack without incident. According to navy spokesman Henry Babalola,
gunmen were initially repelled and two of their boats sunk after an exchange of gunfire. The
attackers later regrouped and came back in six speedboats to board the vessel. He claimed about
56 militants boarded the vessel but were later dislodged when reinforcements dispersed into the
surrounding creeks. Further reporting claims that the navy sunk four to six speedboats during the
altercation. A foreign news agency reported that the gunmen abducted eight navy personnel in
the attack, an allegation also denied by the navy. The firm said in a statement that its production
facilities were not targeted in the attack. However, the Nigerian navy stated that the attack had
been against the Addax oil facility. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack
(REUTERS, BBC, AFP, LM: allafrica.com, voanews.com, swissinfo.ch, thestar.com).
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    5. NIGERIA: Chemical tanker boarded 7 Jun 08, Lagos tanker berth. Robbers boarded the
vessel from the outboard side. They attempted to open a cargo tank. The duty AB spotted him
and the robber immediately jumped overboard and escaped. At the time of the incident, there
were no shore guards as there were no cargo operations in progress (IMB).
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    6. NIGERIA: Fishing trawler (MAREENA 1) boarded, robbed, crewmember killed, 13NM
off the coast, early 2008, per 12 Jun 08 reporting. The vessel was boarded by nine heavily armed
men in a speedboat who shot dead the boat‟s cook. The pirates stole everything that was not
welded down. Pirate attacks on fishing trawlers increased from four reported cases in 2003 to
107 in 2007, according to the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (LM: Lagos Journal).
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    7. NIGERIA: Product tanker boarded 27 May 08 at 0545 local time, while at anchorage
offshore Lagos. Four robbers armed with knives boarded the vessel. They lowered a hose into
Cargo Tank No. 1 and started to discharge cargo into the boat. The duty crew spotted them and
raised the alarm. The robbers threatened the crew. The crew retreated into the accommodation
and returned armed with pipes, sticks, etc. Upon seeing the armed crew, the robbers threw their
knives towards the crew and jumped overboard. No reported injuries to crew (IMB).
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    8. NIGERIA: MEND claims responsibility for attack on Shell facility, soldiers reportedly
killed 26 May 08 at 0100 local time, Awoba flow station in Degema Local Government Area of
Rivers State. According to the MEND, they successfully sabotaged another major trunk pipeline
belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company. An attack was confirmed on Nembe
Creek pipeline at Awoba and production has stopped because of an oil spill in the area according
to a Shell spokesman. The MEND claimed that after the sabotage, their fighters encountered a
military gunboat and reportedly killing all 11 soldiers in close quarter combat. They also
claimed to have collected their weapons, ammunition and bullet-proof vests before using
dynamite to sink the gunboat with its dead occupants, both of which were strongly denied by a
Joint Task Force spokesman (LM: allafrica.com, AFP).
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    9. CAMEROON: Military boat hijacked 9 Jun 08, Bakassi Peninsula, Gulf of Guinea.
Suspected pirates have conducted an attack on a Cameroonian military patrol. Out of nine
Cameroonian military officers who were on board the boat conducting a docking maneuver, six
were reportedly abducted by the assailants during the attack. Three of the other soldiers, one
badly wounded, were able to dive into the water. The pirates took the hostages in an “unknown
direction,” as well as the boat and weapons on board. The army stated that Cameroonian forces
were searching the area, and that it had been sealed off. A defense ministry official reported that
the deputy regional governor had been abducted, but the government was unable to confirm the
information at the time. Security forces are calling this an act of piracy. It is not clear who
carried out the attack but people in the area, including Cameroon authorities, suspect Nigerian
militants from the Niger Delta are responsible (AFP, REUTERS, Xinhua, BBC).
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   10. CONGO: Refrigerated cargo ship reported attempted boarding 5 Jun 08 at 0415 local
time, Poine Noire Anchorage. Two robbers in a canoe approached the vessel. One robber
attempted to board the ship with a long pole attached with a hook. As the robber reached the
main deck level, the duty AB hit him and he fell overboard. The port control responded after
nearly two hours (IMB).
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  H. INDIAN OCEAN-EAST AFRICA:
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    1. GULF OF ADEN: Privately owned yacht attacked, passengers kidnapped 23 Jun 08,
coastal town of Lasqorey. Four foreign tourists (French and Germans) were cruising in the Gulf
of Aden when they reportedly ran out of gas. An official said the foreigners were taking pictures
from their small yacht when the pirates snatched them, took them ashore, and spirited them away
into the neighboring mountains near Puntland, possibly in attempt for ransom. Ahmed Yusuf
Yasin, vice president of the self-declared Somaliland, said soldiers and residents were searching
for the pirates to try to free the hostages (BBC, AP, AFP, LM: The Post Chronicle).
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     2. GULF OF ADEN: Vessel reported suspicious approach 21 Jun 08 at 0610 local time
while underway in position 13:08.7N-048:03.7E, approximately 50NM south of Yemen. Two
wooden speedboats approached the vessel. One boat crossed the bow, and the other waited on
the port side until the ship was between them. Not suspecting they may be pirates, the vessel
passed between the two boats. As soon as the vessel‟s heading was between them, the suspicious
boats moved closer. When the crew saw that they were preparing the ladder with a hook at the
end, they raised the alarm and made evasive maneuvers at full speed. After several turns, the
boats stopped following the vessel (Operator).
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    3. GULF OF ADEN: Cargo vessel reported suspicious approach 21 Jun 08 at 1015 UTC
while underway in position 13:24.2N-048:17.9E, approximately 34NM south of Yemen. One
speedboat with at least three persons onboard approached the vessel from the starboard quarter
and passed behind in a distance of three cables. The vessel then moved in a north northwest
direction with a speed of about 18-20kts. The vessel had a white hull and was an open type boat.
No weapons were sighted. The vessel is underway from the Suez Canal to Abu Dhabi
(Operator).
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    4. GULF OF ADEN: Vessel reported suspicious approach at 0730 local time/0430 UTC
while underway in position 13:29N-048:50E, 34NM south of Yemen. The vessel encountered
six suspicious small crafts, with three men in each, converging towards the vessel at a range of
3NM. The three small crafts increased its speed to about 18knts. Two men were standing in the
bow area of the suspicious craft while the other was on the tiller/engine. The boats were joined
by the other three crafts. The vessel took evasive maneuvers at full speed until a coalition ship
nearby was spotted approximately 10NM on the starboard side. The master hailed the coalition
ship and described the present situation. The warship acknowledged the call and headed full
speed towards the troubled vessel. The small crafts were .5NM from the vessel. When the
suspicious crafts saw the crafts, they stopped and slowly veered away from the vessel. The
warship continued its intended intercept, until the small crafts were well clear of the vessel and
headed towards the Somali coast (Operator, IMB).
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     5. GULF OF ADEN: Cargo ship reported suspicious approach at 0510 UTC while
underway in position 13:04N-047:08E, 31NM off the coast of Yemen, per 9 Jun reporting. One
suspicious speedboat traveling at a speed of approximately 20kts reportedly attempted to
approach the vessel from the starboard quarter with three persons onboard. Another craft was
approaching from behind at a distance of 3 miles. Coalition Warships were requested and the
two small speed crafts aborted their attempt, moving in a west northwest direction (Operator,
UKTMO).
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    6. GULF OF ADEN: Tanker reported suspicious approach 3 Jun 08 at 1640 local
time/1340 UTC while underway in position 13:16N-047:20E, 21NM off the coast of Yemen. A
white speedboat with four persons onboard crossed the front of the vessel at approximately two
cables, moving from starboard to port at approximately 320 degrees. The alarm was raised and
the crew alerted. After the boat crossed at a distance of 1.5NM, the boat proceeded with a
parallel course of 070 degrees at 15knts. At 1650 local time, the speedboat changed its course
and bound northwest. No arms observed. The entire incident lasted approximately eight minutes
(Operator, UKTMO).
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    7. GULF OF ADEN: Container ship fired upon 3 Jun 08 at 0705 UTC while underway in
position 12:43.8N-049:51.5E, 73NM off the Somali coast. The vessel was approached by two
boats armed with a rocket launcher and guns firing at the vessel. Warship assistance was
immediately requested. Crew on Canadian HMCS (CALGARY) received the distress call. As
the warship changed its direction and sped toward the attackers, the ship‟s Sea King helicopter
was redirected toward the incident. When the helicopter arrived, crews spotted two small boats
that appeared to be armed near the vessel. The commanding officer of the HMCS CALGARY
stated he was convinced that the presence of his aircraft drove them away from the traffic lanes
and prevented any further attacks in the area. All crew reportedly safe (Operator, UKMTO, LM:
Canada.com, IMB).
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    8. GULF OF ADEN: Product tanker reported suspicious approach 1 Jun 08 at 0610 UTC
while underway in position 13:20N-097:37E, approximately 23NM from the Yemen coast. Two
suspicious boats were observed ahead of the vessel. The boats crossed the vessels‟ bow and then
turned back. A third boat was later seen coming from the port side which later rendezvoused
with one of the original boats. The vessel made a sharp course alteration to the starboard side.
One boat altered its course to parallel with the vessel, about 50 meters away. This boat had three
men onboard; one man was seen to be using a cell phone or similar device. The individual using
the device was standing up in the bows of the boat and appeared to be reporting details about the
vessel to someone. After a few minutes the boat altered its course and crossed the vessels‟ stern.
All three boats were last seen heading north. Each boat was 10M in length, two had a white hull
and one had a grayish hull, all having a large outboard motor. Each boat carried 3-4 men and
were all dressed in white t-shirts and shorts. No sign of any weapons but the closest boat was
seen to have a small hold type space with hatch removed. There was no sign of any fishing gear.
Security message was broadcasted to all ships via VHF chn. 16. Details of crafts and position
given. UKMTO COMMENT: UKMTO called the vessel and discussed the incident at length
with the master. The position of the vessel at the time of the boat activity was well north of any
reported attack but was only 23NM off the Yemen coast in known fishing grounds. The master
felt the vessels were not fishing because he judged them by European fishing habits rather than
the local fishing techniques where the fisherman lay nets first then try to coral the fish (generally
Tuna in this fashion) towards the nets. The item of note in the report though is the mobile phone.
If the phone was analogue then it may be possible to get a signal to phone (and this may explain
the man standing up in the bow whilst he tried to get higher for a signal) but it would still be
extreme range. GSM phones would not have that range normally without refraction. The other
alternative is a Thuraya sat phone or the like. This would be a very expensive luxury for a local
fisherman so could suggest a spotting network for pirates. UKMTO are keeping an open mind
on the incident and will watch for further trends (Operator, UKMTO).
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     9. GULF OF ADEN: Tanker reported suspicious approach 28 May 08 at 1200 UTC while
underway in position 13:43N-048:50E, 21NM off the Yemen coast. Four suspicious
wooden/plastic high-speed boats with gray hulls, about 15 meters long with four persons in each
boat reportedly approached the vessel. The master took evasive maneuvers to prevent the
speedboats from approaching closer. One speedboat crossed the bow at a distance of half a mile.
Later, the boats aborted and moved away in a south-easterly direction (IMB).
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    10. GULF OF ADEN: Cargo ship (LEHMANN TIMBER) hijacked 28 May 08 at 1040 UTC
while underway in position 13:09N-048:58E, 56NM south of the Yemen coast. The vessel was
attacked by four heavily armed pirates. Lehmann GmbH shipping company said in a statement
that the owners continue to maintain regular contact with the vessel and all 15 members of the
crew are well in view of the circumstances. The vessel has been sailed into Somali territorial
waters (IMB, Operator, UKMTO, AP, LM: International Hearld Tribune, Xinhua).
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     11. GULF OF ADEN: Tanker reported suspicious approach 27 May 08 at 0748 UTC while
underway in position 14:04.30N-049:23.72E, 28NM off the Yemen coast. A suspicious
speedboat, with about five persons, was noticed proceeding towards the vessel at the starboard
beam about 1.5-2NM away. The master increased speed, took evasive maneuvers and called for
coalition forces. At about 0830 UTC, the speedboat was reportedly unable to intercept and after
approximately forty minutes the boat aborted and moved away. At the same time, another boat
was seen crossing the bows at a distance of 3NM (IMB, UKTMO).
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    12. GULF OF ADEN: Cargo ship (AMIYA SCAN) hijacked 25 May 08 at 2235 local time
while underway in position 13:13N-050:49E, 117NM south of Qishn, Yemen, 80NM off the
Somali coast. An unknown number of pirates hijacked the vessel and took a total of nine
Russian and Filipino crewmembers hostage. The vessel was sailing to Costanza Port, Romania
from Mombasa, Kenya carrying a decommissioned oil platform when it was seized. Reider
Shipping BV, the vessel‟s owners, said it was in contact with the pirates but declined to comment
on the captors' demands out of concern for the crew's safety. The vessel was reportedly released
25 Jun 08 (IMB, Operator, UKMTO, LL, CNN, REUTERS).
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    13. GULF OF ADEN: Bulk carrier reported suspicious approach 25 May 08 at 0610 local
time/0310 UTC while underway in position 13:25.2N–047:57.8E, 32NM off the Yemen coast.
Three grey boats closed in on the vessel. There were four persons in each boat armed with
machine guns. The boats followed the vessel at a distance of one cable and the armed men were
shouting in a foreign language. The master raised the alarm, all crew mustered and anti piracy
measures were enforced. After following the vessel for 25 minutes, the boats moved away at
0650 local time (IMB, Operator).
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     14. SRI LANKA: LTTE attacks Navy outpost 12 Jun 08 at 0125 local time,
Erukkalampiddi, Mannar Island. A group of Sea Tigers arrived in six boats and launched the
attack. The sailors defended their post effectively, causing the attackers to withdraw with their
causalities. Four attackers, including their leader were killed. Three sailors were also killed and
others wounded during the confrontation. The Defense Ministry said that the Air Force MI-24
helicopters pounded the withdrawing boats in the Gulf of Mannar, targeting the boats fleeing
towards Veddithalthievu area. Defense observers are of the opinion that the attackers carried out
this attack with the intention of stopping the people in Wanni escaping to the cleared areas (LM:
The Hindu).
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     15. SRI LANKA: Indian fishermen shot by Sri Lankan Navy 2 Jun 08 2300 local time, near
Katchativu. Sri Lankan navy allegedly shot dead an Indian fishermen while he was fishing in a
motorized boat along with three others. Police said the fishermen, who suffered bullet injuries in
the kidney, died on the spot, while the three others escaped unhurt. The body was brought to the
Rameswaram hospital at 3 Jun 08 0130 local time. Tension prevailed as fishermen from
Thangachimadam Coastal village gathered in front of the hospital to protest against the firing by
the Sri Lankan navy. Fishermen told police that they were fishing well within Indian waters
when the Sri Lankan naval personnel came “silently” to the spot in a gas operated boat. The
fishermen claim they never fired a warning shot. Top police officials are holding talks with the
fishermen, who alleged that the fisherman‟s death was due to the “failure” of the Indian Navy
and Coast Guard to protect them (LM: Hinustan Times).
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     16. SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan military sinks LTTE vessels 29 May 08, off the northern
coast. Sri Lanka‟s military sank three to four Tamil Tiger rebel boats in a pre-dawn attack and
stated that eight rebels and one soldier was killed, and two soldiers were wounded, while one
solider and two sailors were missing. A military official stated that the rebel boats were sunk
when troops fired artillery at them as they attempted to attack army and naval positions in
Sirutheevu off northern Jaffna. According to Tamil.net, the rebels denied suffering any
casualties and stated that there were two civilian deaths due to an artillery fire in Jaffna, but did
not say who fired the shells (AP, LM: Bloomberg.com).
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    17. SRI LANKA: Yacht (MOONFLOWER) reported suspicious approach in Jan 08,
approximately 85NM off the coast, per 2 Jun 08 reporting. The vessel initially spotted a boat
about 4 miles away. Next to it were 2-3 smaller boats, not showing on radar. As soon as the
vessel was spotted, the smaller boats reportedly began to chase the vessel for 1-2 hours. During
the chase, the vessel heard the boats on radio communicating with their mother ship and the
other boats. Later in the evening, a crewmember was on watch when she saw strong lights
heading in the vessel‟s direction. Another chase began that lasted for more than an hour. The
suspicious boat got as close as half a mile. Finally in the morning, there were suspicious lights
ahead of the vessel. As soon as the vessel was spotted the boats reportedly started to chase the
vessel yet again. There were three smaller boats right behind them. Two of them changed
direction and by spreading out they tried to cut the vessel off. The boats got very close to the
vessel, and the mother ship came to the portside of the vessel. The boats finally gave up
(Operator: Noonsite).
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    18. BANGLADESH: Container ship boarded, robbed 13 Jun 08 at 2354 local time while in
position 22:13.8N-091:44.3E, Chittagong Outer Roads Anchorage 'B'. Six robbers in a long
wooden boat with an outboard engine boarded the vessel. They stole ship's stores and property
and escaped. Port control informed (IMB).
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    19. BANGLADESH: Container Ship (TABAGO BAY) reported suspicious approach 29 Apr
08 at 2310 local time while at anchorage in position 22:10.16N-091:46.88E, Chittagong Port, per
2 Jun 08 reporting. Between 10-12 people in an engine-driven wooden boat was near the vessel.
The vessel moved away after their reported attempt to board failed (ReCAAP ISC).
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    20. BANGLADESH: Container Ship boarded 29 Apr 08 at 2310 local time, Chittagong
Anchorage B, per 2 Jun reporting. Eight robbers armed with sticks boarded the vessel. Alarm
was raised and the crew mustered. The robbers jumped overboard and escaped without stealing
anything. Authorities informed (ReCAAP ISC).
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    21. BANGLADESH: Container Ship (MARTHA RUSS) boarded, robbed 26 Apr 08 at 1530
local time while at berth in position 22:10.16N-091:46.88E, Chittagong Port, per 2 Jun 08
reporting. Three robbers in a small boat boarded the ship and stole part of the hawser. The crew
spotted them and raised the alarm. Upon detection, the robbers jumped over board and escaped.
No injures to crew (ReCAAP ISC).
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  I. RED SEA: No current incidents to report.
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  J. PERSIAN GULF: No current incidents to report.
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  K. SOUTHEAST ASIA:
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     1. VIETNAM: General cargo ship boarded, robbed 13 Jun 08 at 0230 local time while in
position 20:53.84N-107:15.66E, Port Campha Inner Anchorage. Robbers in a small boat
boarded the vessel. They stole ship's stores from the forecastle deck and escaped. The duty AB
on patrol noticed a fishing boat in the vicinity. Authorities were informed (IMB).
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    2. CELEBES SEA: IMB reported livestock carrier (HEREFORD EXPRESS) fired upon 7
Jun 08 at 1000 local time while underway in position 03:18.5N-125:05.8E, vicinity of Kepulauan
Sangi, Indonesia. ReCAAP ISC reported the same incident occurred on 9 Jun 08 at 1454
local time while underway in position 03:53.96N-124:33.3E, 33NM northwest of Manado,
Indonesia. The vessel was attacked by unknown elements. Pirates in a speedboat chased and
opened fire on the vessel in ballast enroute to Australia. The master took evasive maneuvers to
prevent boarding and reduce casualties to crew and ship. The master informed the managers who
in turn contacted the Piracy Reporting Centre for assistance. The centre contacted
authorities for assistance. The authorities instructed their local units to assist and respond
accordingly. After two hours of continuous firing and chasing, the pirate boat aborted the
attempt. The master fearing further attack from pirate boats, discontinued its passage to next
port and returned to the last port, Gen Santos port, Philippines with ETA of 8 Jun 08. The ship
sustained serious damages to the bridge, communication equipment, hull, communication
antenna, radar, INMARSAT, etc. Further reports are awaited. No crew was injured. ISC
COMMENTS: Ship masters are advised to maintain vigilance at all times and take necessary
precautionary measures when operating in the vicinity (ReCAAP ISC, IMB).
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    3. MALAYSIA: Container ship reported suspicious approach 4 Jun 08 at 2220 local time
while underway in position 03:05.3N-104:31.3E, 60NM off the coast. A small boat approached
the vessel from astern at a distance of 1.7NM. The master raised the alarm, increased speed,
took evasive maneuvers, and enhanced anti-piracy watchers on the poop deck. The suspicious
boat increased its speed up to 25kts and maintained a parallel course for some time. At 2243
local time, the suspicious boat altered course and increased its distance to 3NM. The ship
continued at the same speed for another hour to clear the area (IMB).
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     4. MALAYSIA: Chemical tanker (RED WING) boarded, robbed 4 Jun 08 2030 local time
while underway in position 02:36N-105:09E, approximately 75NM off the coast of Cape
Tenggaron. Seven robbers armed with knives and bars boarded the tanker from a wooden speed
boat. The robbers stole cash and personal property from the crew. The entire incident lasted
approximately 15 minutes. No injuries to the crew were reported. ISC COMMENTS: Ship
masters are advised to maintain vigilance at all times and take necessary precautionary measures
when operating in the vicinity (ReCAAP ISC, IMB).
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     5. INDONESIA: Container ship boarded 3 Jun 08 at 2000 UTC, while underway in
position 03:24N-105:31E, off Anambas. Eight pirates armed with long knives and bars boarded
the vessel. The pirates stole the crew‟s cash and property and escaped. No injuries to crew
(IMB).
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     6. INDONESIA: Tug (CATHAY 5) boarded, robbed 27 May 08 at 0315 local time while
underway in position 01:06N-103:45E, off Helen Mar Reef. The vessel was towing barge (CSF
2301) when it was boarded by four robbers armed with a small knife and parang. The tug master
reported that the robbers left the boat a 0347 local time after stealing cash and three mobile
phones. No injuries to crew. The incident was reported to the MRCC Indonesia and the flag
state. The coastal state activated the NACTEX broadcast. ISC COMMENTS: Ship masters are
advised to maintain vigilance at all times and take necessary precautionary measures when
operating in the vicinity. The modus operandi of this incident was opportunistic in nature. The
robbers boarded the ship undetected, and escaped after stealing cash and mobile phones. They
did not harm the crew or cause any damage to the tug/barge (ReCAAP ISC, IMB).
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     7. INDONESIA: Product tanker (BLUE OCEAN-7) hijacked 21 May 08, recovered 19 Jun
08, Makassar Strait. Approximately ten pirates armed with guns and knives boarded and
hijacked the vessel transporting crude palm oil from Bone Manjing port, West Sulawesi,
Indonesia to a Sandakan, Malaysia seaport. After only six hours of sailing, suspected pirates
took 14 crewmembers as hostage and reversed the direction of the vessel to the Makassar Strait.
Owners contacted the IMB‟s Piracy Reporting Centre for assistance to locate the vessel. The
Royal Malaysia Marine Police located and detained the vessel on 19 Jun 08 at the port of
Sandakan, after the owners received a tip-off from a member of the tanker‟s crew. Six
crewmembers are reported as missing. However, reports from Indonesia suggest that the
Malaysian authorities have detained several suspects, possibly including members of the ship's
crew. The reports say that the ship's name was changed to (EKA) and that the hull had been
repainted. The executive head of the Maritime Security Coordination Agency has stated that
they perceive this case to be an indication of a foreign network involved in the hijacking.
Another indication was the fact that since its departure from Bone Manjing, the vessel had been
tailed by a number of men in a speedboat carrying firearms and sharp weapons, who later
boarded the ship. Upon arrival in Sandakan, the vessel had all required marine documents.
Piracy was eventually detected and a combined police and navy team arrested eleven men
suspected of involvement in the crime in Tarakan. Five of the arrested men were members of the
tanker‟s crew who might or might not have taken part in the hijacking, while the six others did
not belong to the ship‟s crew and were strongly believed to be part of the hijackers` group. The
commander of the Tarakan naval base claimed nine of the 11 suspects were nabbed 21 Jun in a
hotel in Tarakan, and the remaining two on 22 Jun also in Tarakan. Eight other men who were
part of the (BLUE OCEAN-7)`s crew had been detained by Malaysian marine police in
Sandakan after receiving the tip-off. The whereabouts of the tanker`s captain is still unknown
(IMB, LM: Maritime Global Net, ANTARA News).
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    8. INDONESIA: General cargo ship (RAYS) boarded 28 Apr 08 at 0225 local time,
Belawan Anchorage, per 2 Jun 08 reporting. Six robbers armed with knives and sticks boarded
the vessel using ropes. The crew confronted them, raised the general alarm and activated the
ship‟s whistle. The robbers jumped overboard and escaped in a small boat. There were no
injuries to crew. The lock to one of the store rooms was broken but no items were stolen
(ReCAAP ISC).
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    9. INDONESIA: Yacht (CARILLON) boarded, robbed in late April at 0030 while at
anchorage in position 07:15.5S-131:23.9E, Pulau Ungar, western side of Tanimbar Islands, per
14 Jun 08 reporting. Two or three men boarded the vessel armed with knives or machetes. They
stole a number of items of deck gear and some items from the main cabin. When the
crewmembers awoke they chased them off the boat. The robbers then paddled off in a canoe.
The crewmembers immediately lifted their anchor and moved (without lights) to another
anchorage location (Operator: noonsite.com).
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  L. NORTH ASIA: No current incidents to report.
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  M. PACIFIC-ANTARCTIC OCEAN: No current incidents to report.
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  N. ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC NON-STATE ACTIVIST GROUPS:
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    1. BRAZIL: Brazilian ports face protests, Pecem port, per 13 Jun 08 reporting. Protestors
caused delays at the northeastern Brazilian port of Pecem blocking the entrances to the port for
more than 12 hours. The protestors, from the Via Campesina movement, were protesting against
the planned expansion and industrialization of the port, which is a deepwater port, located some
60km west of the traditional port of Fortaleza. A spokesman for the movement stated that they
are against the privatization of the waterways and also of Brazilian Agro-business. After a
meeting was set up, between the protestors, port authority CearaPortos, Union for Port Workers
(Sinntaport) and state government, the blockade was called off. Further demonstrations are
being threatened for next week (FP).
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    2. TIAOYUTAI ISLANDS: A group of Taiwanese activists, escorted by Taiwan coast guard
vessels, sailed around the disputed island group of Tiaoyutai, 16 Jun 08, East China Sea. The
Taiwan Coast Guard Administration (CGA) reported the activist were highlighting Taiwan's
clam to the islands. The group of 12 people sailed from Shenao, Taipei County midnight Sunday
and arrived 0330 local time at a location about 24NM away from the Tiaoyutais. The activists,
aboard a private sports fishing boat, sailed into an area about 12NM away from the Tiaoyutais at
0455, under the escort of agile CGA vessels, said CGA Deputy Minister Cheng Chang-hsiung.
The Taiwanese convoy circled around the uninhabited island group before departing around
0540, Cheng said. The boat carrying the activists was escorted by a convoy of nine CGA vessels
- four frigates and five patrol boats - to ensure the safety of the group, Cheng said at a news
conference held at the CGA headquarters. At one point, around 0500, Japanese patrol boats,
including a 3,000-ton frigate, tried to stop the Taiwanese convoy from going any further, while a
Japanese helicopter circled overhead, according to Cheng. He said a CGA vessel tried to
communicate with the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency authorities to tell them that the Taiwan
convoy's sail around the disputed island group was aimed only at "protecting the territorial
waters of the Republic of China," but the Japanese patrol did not respond. The demonstration by
the group of activists took place five days after a Japanese patrol vessel collided with a Taiwan
fishing boat, causing the fishing boat to sink off the islands. Taiwan has recalled its
representative to Tokyo to protest the Japanese authorities' claim that the accident resulted from a
bungled attempt by the Japanese patrol vessel to chase the Taiwan fishing boat away from
Japan's territorial waters and that the Taiwan boat was partly to blame. The Tiaoyutais, located
102NM to the northeast of Taiwan, have been at the centre of a territorial dispute among Japan,
Taiwan and China over the past decades (LM: Taiwanese Central News Agency)
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    3. MALTA: Fishermen threaten to block Malta's ports over tuna ban, 17 Jun 08. A group of
approximately 300 Italian and French fishermen have protested outside the offices of the
European Union (EU) delegation in Malta and warned that they will block the island's ports
unless they are given an appointment with EU Fisheries Commissioner, Joe Borg. The
fishermen are protesting over the EU decision to ban purse seiner fishing for blue fin tuna. The
protestors are insisting that poor weather has limited their fishing time and they have not yet
reached the fishing quota set by the EU. They added that it was unfair that fishermen from other
countries such as Croatia and Libya were continuing to fish for tuna. A spokesman for the group
said the fishermen would await an appointment with Borg, a Maltese national, in Brussels or in
Malta. The EU banned fishing for blue fin tuna using purse seiner nets from 16 Jun 08. Purse
seiners are considered to be the main culprits of the recent depletion of tuna stocks as hundreds
of fish are caught in one go (LM: Expatica.com).

    4. GREENPEACE: Greenpeace vessel (ARCTIC SUNRISE) attacked by fishermen, 30
May 08 in the morning, Cypriot Channel, Turkey. Three Turkish vessels surrounded the
Greenpeace ship, one collided with the (ARCTIC SUNRISE) causing superficial damage mid-
ships on the starboard side. The tuna ship's crews then started hurling lead fishing weights of
around four centimeters at the Greenpeace ship. Gunfire was heard. No one was injured but the
Greenpeace helicopter was reportedly damaged and is now inoperable. The incident was
reported to the Turkish Iskenderun Port Authority. Greenpeace was in the area to call for an end
to unsustainable fishing and to call for the establishment of a marine reserve between Cyprus and
Turkey (GP).
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6. Originator of this WWTTS report requests consumer feedback.
Originator will incorporate all anti-shipping events and violence
against the maritime industry into this weekly message where
appropriate. The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) can be contacted
via message traffic at ONI WASHINGTON DC//11// or, the ONI
violence at sea (VAS) desk may be contacted at comm. phone
(301) 669-4905 or via e-mail at dpearl@nmic.navy.mil.
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