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Below is the ONI report from November 2003.

26 Nov 03
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OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
CIVIL MARITIME ANALYSIS DEPARTMENT
WORLDWIDE THREAT TO SHIPPING
MARINER WARNING INFORMATION
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POC: CHARLES DRAGONETTE:

OFFICE:
COMM (301) 669-3261
FAX (301) 669-3247
E-mail cdragonette@nmic.navy.mil
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1. This message provides information on threat to and criminal
action against merchant shipping worldwide.
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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//21// or, the ONI
Violence at Sea (VAS) desk may be contacted at commercial phone
(301) 669-3261 or via e-mail at cdragonette@nmic.navy.mil. Report
may also be made to the National Response Center (U. S. Coast
Guard) hotline: 1-800-424-0201 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 available weekly
to members of the Maritime Security Council via the MSCALERT.
For information on corporate membership in the Maritime Security
Council, contact Mr. Kim Petersen at mscalert@maritimesecurity.org
or visit the MSC website at www.maritimesecurity.org. Message is
also posted at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency site
//164.214.12.145/onit/onit_j_main.html.
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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 www.iccwbo.org.
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D. Anti-piracy and crime current developments:
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1. GREENPEACE - IMO: The IMO's June 2003 announcement that
Greenpeace would lose its observer status at IMO over issues of
reckless behavior in maritime protests was reversed by the general
assembly 21 Nov. While Greenpeace hailed the move as a victory,
anonymous industry sources claim the move was merely a recognition
that the environmentalist organization could present a greater
problems outside the forum than in it (GP, INFO).
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2. NIGERIA-ANTI PIRACY VIGILANTES: Nigeria has created
Youth Vigilante groups to combat piracy and pipeline vandalism,
According to 24 Oct press. The groups in Nigeria's Bayelsa State
employ 400 youth, at least partly in hopes of deterring them from
committing the crimes, to provide meaningful jobs in the region -
long a local demand often accompanied by oil rig takeovers and
hostage taking - as well as hoping that youth peer pressure will
limit other criminals. The groups supplement marine police
patrols, which themselves were created to supplement failed Navy
units' attempts to control crime on the area's waterways (Intell).
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3. BANGLADESH: According to a 16 Nov announcement,
Chittagong Port Authority will spend US$6 million to enhance
security. Among enhancements will be closed circuit cameras,
infra-red cameras for outlying regions, and four new patrol boats
to patrol 40 square miles of the port (LM, Intell).
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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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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
INTELL, Intellibridge
LL, Lloyd's List, daily, London
LM, local media
MARAD, Maritime Administration, US
MSC, Maritime Security Council, US
NIMA, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Navigation Safety
System
ONI, Office of Naval Intelligence analysis
Operator, owner or operator of affected vessel
USCG, United States Coast Guard
RAN, Royal Australian Navy
STATE, U. S. Department of State
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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. Greenpeace's announced expulsion from IMO observer status
reversed 21 Nov (Para 1.D.1.).
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B. Hostages taken 23 Nov in Nigeria's Delta State, freed 24
Nov; three missing (Para 5.G.2.).
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C. Tanker boarded, robbed 22 Nov, Lagos, Nigeria (Para 5.K.5.).
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D. Oil platform seized 19 Nov and retaken 20 Nov by naval
force in Niger Delta (Para 5.G.3.).
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E. Attempt to board refrigerated cargo ship 19 Nov, Shepstone,
South Africa (Para 5.H.1.).
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F. Cargo ship boarded, robbed 23 Nov, Chittagong, Bangladesh
(Para 5.H.3.).
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G. Pirates captured in gun battle 20 Nov, Monpura, Meghna
River, Bangladesh (Para 5.H.4.).
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H. Suspicious approach to research vessel 22 Nov, off Sandakan,
Malaysia (Para 5.K.1.).
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I. Tanker boarded, robbed 19 Nov, eastern buoy, Singapore
(Para 5.K.3.).
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J. Tanker boarded, robbed 24 Nov off Balikpapan, Indonesia
(Para 5.K.4.).
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K. Suspicious approach to tanker 19 Nov off Pulau Subi Kecil,
Indonesia (Para 5.K.5.).
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L. Loggers in the Amazon surrounded and threatened Greenpeace
ship 23 Nov (Para 5.N.1.).
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M. Greenpeace protested a ship loaded with genetically modified
grain 19 Nov, anchored Gulf of Thailand (Para 5.N.2.).
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N. Greenpeace activists blockaded Ijmuiden Harbor 19 Nov and
Chained themselves to a ship loaded with allegedly illegal
Cameroonian timber (Para 5.N.3.).
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O. Indian authorities cleared (GENOVA BRIDGE) for scrapping as
of 22 Nov but 24 Nov reports state the Gujarat Government
ordered ship cleaned of contaminants; Greenpeace ship
simultaneously forced to withdraw from Indian coastal
waters 24 Nov (Para 5.N.5.).
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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. No current incidents to report.
C. SOUTH AMERICA:
1. Chemical tanker boarded robbed 31 Oct Mamonal, Colombia.
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 incidnets to report.
G. WEST AFRICA:
1. Refrigerated cargo ship boarded 10 Nov, Dakar Senegal.
2. Hostages taken 23 Nov in Nigeria's Delta State, freed 24
Nov; three missing.
3. Tanker boarded, robbed 22 Nov, Lagos, Nigeria.
4. Oil platform seized 19 Nov and retaken 20 Nov by naval
force in Niger Delta.
5. Attempt made to block passage of cargo ship, 11 Nov,
Warri River, Nigeria.
6. Armed clash between "pirates" and police averted 9 Nov
Forcados River, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
7. Chemical tanker boarded, robbed 9 Nov, Lagos, Nigeria.
8. Police killed in shootout with Nigerian pirates 5 Nov.
H. INDIAN OCEAN-EAST AFRICA:
1. Attempt to board refrigerated cargo ship 19 Nov,
Shepstone, South Africa.
2. Tanker shadowed suspiciously 15 Nov off Somali coast.
3. Cargo ship boarded, robbed 23 Nov Chittagong, Bangladesh
4. Pirates captured in gun battle 20 Nov, Monpura, Meghna
River, Bangladesh.
5. Cargo ship hijacked 14 Nov; recovered 15 Nov, Padma
River, Bangladesh.
6. Cargo ship boarded, robbed 11 Nov Chittagong, Bangladesh
7. Container ship boarded, robbed 10 Nov, Chittagong,
Bangladesh.
8. Fisherman kidnapped for ransom 9 Nov, Kalinchi River
Bangladesh.
9. Cargo ship boarded robbed 7 Nov, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
10. More than 100 trawlers looted 1-2 Nov in Meghna River,
Bangladesh.
11. Police and pirates injured 30 Oct in gunfight on Meghna
River, Bangladesh.
12. Bangladeshi pirates injured in fight with rival gang 30
Oct.
I. RED SEA:
1. No current incidents to report.
J. PERSIAN GULF:
1. No current incidents to report.
K. SOUTH EAST ASIA:
1. Suspicious approach to research vessel 22 Nov, off
Sandakan, Malaysia.
2. Tug, hijacked off Indonesia19 Sep, recovered 31 Oct by
Malaysian marine police.
3. Tanker boarded, robbed 19 Nov, eastern buoy, Singapore.
4. Tanker boarded, robbed 24 Nov off Balikpapan, Indonesia.
5. Suspicious approach to tanker 19 Nov off Pulau Subi
Kecil, Indonesia.
6. Attempt to board bulk carrier 17 Nov Cigading, Indonesia
7. Attempt to board tanker 16 Nov, Balikpapan, Indonesia.
8. Tanker boarded, robbed 14 Nov, Lawi Lawi anchorage,
Indonesia.
9. Bulk carrier boarded robbed 9 Nov Balikpapan, Indonesia.
10. Bulk carrier boarded, robbed 3 Nov Adang Bay, Indonesia.
11. LPG tanker boarded, robbed 3 Nov underway in Natunas
Islands.
12. Cargo ship boarded robbed underway 3 Nov off Indonesia.
13. Bulk carrier boarded robbed 3 Nov underway off Indonesia
14. Suspicious approach to chem. tanker 3 Nov off Indonesia.
15. Suspicious approach to tug and barge 3 Nov off Indonesia
16. Bulk carrier boarded, robbed 2 Nov underway off Indonesia
17. Tanker boarded, robbed 2 Nov underway off Indonesia.
18. Container ship boarded 17 Nov underway off Vietnam.
19. Chemical tanker boarded robbed 5 Nov, Vung Tau, Vietnam.
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. Loggers in the Amazon surround and threaten Greenpeace
ship 23 Nov.
2. Greenpeace protested a ship loaded with genetically
modified grain 19 Nov, anchored Gulf of Thailand.
3. Greenpeace activists blockaded Ijmuiden Harbor 19 Nov
and chained themselves to a ship loaded with allegedly
illegal Cameroonian timber.
4. Two Sea Shepherd operatives arrested 18 Nov for damaging
whaling net Taiji Bay, Japan.
5. Greenpeace forced environmental inspection of ship at
Alang for scrapping, per 19 Nov report; Greenpeace
forced to withdraw from Indian waters under threat of
arrest 24 Nov.
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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: No current incidents to report.
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C. SOUTH AMERICA:
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1. COLUMBIA: An unidentified chemical tanker was boarded
31 Oct at 1900 local time during heavy rain while the ship lay at
anchor at Mamonal. Two persons armed with knives stole stores and
safety equipment from the forecastle locker before being
confronted by crew and escaping (IMB).
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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. SENEGAL: An unidentified refrigerated cargo ship was
boarded 10 Nov about 1.5 miles from Dakar pilot station while
underway inbound. Persons armed with knives were chased by crew
who mustered when alarm sounded. Dakar pot control provided a
police boat to escort ship to berth (IMB).
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2. NIGERIA: Ijaw youth invaded the Shell/Agip Forcados
terminal, seizing 2 barges and a tugboat and taking an unspecified
number of hostages 24 Nov. On 25 Nov forces under the military's
Operation Restore Hope retook the terminal in an operation that
left three persons apparently missing. The Nigerian action came
six days after the first military action to crackdown on hostage
takers (LM).
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3. NIGERIA: An unidentified tanker was boarded 22 Nov at
2300 local time at Lagos anchorage. Thieves stole ship's stores
before escaping in a waiting trawler (IMB).
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3. NIGERIA: The Nigerian navy stormed a Chevron Texaco oil
platform 20 Nov and freed 18 oil workers held hostage from 19 Nov.
One hostage taker was reported killed and 20 taken into custody.
This is the first armed Nigerian response to the chronic problem
of local armed youths and militias seizing oil company property to
try to force job concessions or greater sharing of oil income
flowing to the central government with local communities
(INFO, LM).
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4. NIGERIA: An unidentified refrigerated cargo ship
reports being surrounded 11 Nov at 1030 UTC while underway in
Warri River, by three boats which attempted to black its passage.
Persons in the boat opened fire with machine guns at the ship's
hull, but ship increased speed and began evasive maneuvers and
chase was abandoned. On board pilot contacted authorities but no
assistance was reported (IMB).
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5. NIGERIA: Police in Nigeria's Bayelsa State narrowly
avoided combat with river pirates about 9 Nov, following an
incident 4 Nov in which 8 policemen were killed. The pirates were
reported sighted on the Forcados River and police began to
mobilize for an assault, when local villagers, reportedly familiar
with the pirates armaments stopped them. The police were told
that the "pirates" were really armed political thugs abandoned by
their patrons and that only the military, which had armed them,
could reign them in. Although there is probably some element of
truth to this report, it is also like the villagers are related to
the so-called thugs and that police enforcement in the area is not
completely welcome (INFO, ONI)
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6. NIGERIA: An unidentified chemical tanker was boarded 9
Nov at 2248 UTC while in position 06 20.2N, 003 22.8E in Lagos
Roads. Thieves boarded at stern from a speedboat and stole ship's
stores, before crew raised alarm and they escaped (IMB).
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7. NIGERIA: At least 8 policemen were killed 5 Nov in an
exchange of gunfire with "sea pirates" at Southern Ijaw Local
Government Area. The attackers, from neighboring Delta State,
reportedly lie in wait on market days to ambush local traders
(INFO, LM).
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H. INDIAN OCEAN-EAST AFRICA:
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1. SOUTH AFRICA: An unidentified refrigerated cargo ship
reports being trailed 19 Nov at 1200 UTC by six persons who
attempted to board from a speedboat. Crew raised alarm and
activated fire hoses and boat withdrew (IMB).
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2. SOMALIA: An unidentified tanker reports being trailed
15 Nov between 0100 and 0300 local time while underway in position
01 57.7S, 044 47.8E off the SE Somali coast. A boat of about 60
meters length came within one cable of ship's side before pulling
away when crew switched on lights and challenged with Aldis lamp
and VHF (IMB).
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3. BANGLADESH: An unidentified cargo ship was boarded 23
Nov at 0400 local time at Chittagong anchorage. Six persons armed
with long knives stole ship's stores and escaped (IMB).
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4. BANGLADESH: Police detained 7 suspects, including the
leader of a pirate gang after two gun battles 20 Nov with separate
pirate gangs in the area of Monpur in the Meghna estuary. Police
also seized two trawlers used by the pirates (INFO).
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5. BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi cargo vessel (DILDAR ALI 5) was
hijacked with its cargo of bagged rice and seed14 Nov at Vangar
on the Padma River. Crew was forced to leave vessel which was
taken to Muladi, where local villagers became suspicious the
morning of 15 Nov and summoned police, who arrested on of the
perpetrators and recovered the vessel and its cargo (INFO).
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6. BANGLADESH: An unidentified multi-purpose cargo ship
was boarded 11 Nov at 2140 local time while at Chittagong
anchorage. Two persons armed with knives gained access at the
forecastle, broke open locker, and stole ship's stores. Master
raised alarm and the thieves escaped in a boat at 2234; six local
shore watchmen avoided contact with the thieves and did not
intervene (IMB).
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7. BANGLADESH: An unidentified container ship was boarded
10 Nov at 0400 local time while at Chittagong anchorage B.
Thieves stole ship's stores and safety equipment (IMB).
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8. BANGLADESH: A fisherman was reported kidnapped 9 Nov
from Kalinchi River in the Sundarbans, and is being held for
ransom. The recent spate of reports of this kind of crime in
maritime Bangladesh may reflect its increase or some political
agenda in insuring such crimes are more widely reported than in
the past (INFO, ONI).
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9. BANGLADESH: An unidentified general cargo ship was
boarded 7 Nov at 2330 local time while at Chittagong anchorage. A
group of from 10 to 15 persons, armed with swords and knives,
boarded the ship and, despite the ship's crew firing distress
rockets at them, stole ship's stores before jumping overboard and
escaping in a motorboat (IMB)..
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10. BANGLADESH: More than 100 trawlers were reported looted
during the night of 1-2 Nov on the Meghna River estuaries of
Manpura, Tazmuddin, Daulatkhan of Bohla , and Dhal Char. In one
case fishermen fought back and detained some of the pirates,
whereupon 20 pirate boats responded with a looting spree. About
50 local fishermen have been reported abducted for ransom (INFO).
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11. BANGLADESH: Three pirates and a policeman were injured
30 Oct in an exchange of gunfire on the Meghna River near
Bhabanipur Shoal (INFO).
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12. BANGLADESH: Two rival pirate gangs engaged in a
shootout 30 Oct on the Arpangashia River in the Sundarbans. The
Kalu Bahini and Tiger Bahini gangs got into a fight over "toll"
collection from local fishermen (INFO).
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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. SOUTH EAST ASIA:
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1. MALAYSIA: A suspicious unlit craft was noticed on radar
by the duty officer of an unidentified research ship 22 Nov at
2120 local time while the ship was in position 05 51.2N, 118 53.4E
off Sandakan. When craft approached to 2.5 miles ship's crew
switched on searchlights. Boat altered course to approach and
research ship altered course away for the boat, which then moved
away (IMB).
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2. MALAYSIA-INDONESIA: The tug (POET VANDA), hijacked 19
Sep on a voyage from Singapore to Jampi, Indonesia, was recoved 31
Oct by Malaysian marine police near Tikus Island off northern
Penang State. Six Indonesian crew were apprehended but the master
escaped. The tug's color had been changed from black and white to
orange and white. The same tug was reported stolen and recovered
during July 2003. It will reportedly be restored to its Singapore
owner, soon (IMB, LM).
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3. SINGAPORE: An unidentified tanker was boarded 19 Nov at
2325 local time while underway in position 01 17.9N, 104 06.1E at
the Eastern Buoy. Seven persons armed with long knives stole
ship's cash and escaped. This is a rare instance crime inside
Singapore's territory (IMB).
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4. INDONESIA: An unidentified tanker was boarded 24 Nov a
0630 local time while anchored in position 01 21.1N, 117 01E, 14
nm off Balikpapan. Three persons armed with guns and knives
boarded via the hawse pipe, took deck watch hostage, and stole
stores and ship's property before escaping (IMB).
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5. INDONESIA: An unidentified tanker reports suspicious
approach by unlit small craft 19 Nov at 0330 local time while
underway in position 03 12N, 108 47.7E 10 nm off Pulau Subi Kecil.
Boat was spotted on radar at a distance of five miles, making five
knots. Craft increased speed to 16 knots and followed tanker
before master took evasive action and boat withdrew (IMB).
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6. INDONESIA: 6 persons attempted to board an unidentified
bulk carrier 17 Nov at 1920 UTC at Cigading anchorage in position
06 01S, 105 54E. Using grappling hooks they began to climb the
forecastle but escaped in a waiting boat when alarm raised (IMB).
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7. INDONESIA: Unidentified tanker reports attempt to board
16 Nov at 1055 at Balikpapan anchorage. About nine persons were
climbing anchor chain when crew raised alarm and the intruders
fled in a waiting motorboat (IMB).
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8. INDONESIA: Unidentified tanker was boarded 14 Nov at
0550 local time while at Lawi-Lawi SBM anchorage. Three armed
persons boarded from a black motorboat and broke into forecastle l
ocker. The stole ship's stores and threatened duty seaman with
iron bars, but fled when he managed to raise alarm (IMB).
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9. INDONESIA: An unidentified bulk carrier was boarded
9 Nov at 0510 local time while at Balikpapan inner anchorage. Two
persons armed with knives boarded the ship while it was being
piloted from anchorage to the open sea. The thieves threatened
crew, broke into storeroom, and stole ship's stores. Master
sounded whistle and ship's alarm and mustered crew and thieves
escaped in a "high platform" boat (IMB).
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10. INDONESIA: An unidentified bulk carrier was boarded 3
Nov at 0245 local time while anchored at Adang Bay. Three persons
gained access at the forecastle, broke into the storeroom and took
ship's stores, before escaping in a boat toward Balikpapan (IMB).
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11. INDONESIA: An unidentified LPG tanker was boarded 3 Nov
at 1200 local time while underway in position 03 16.5N, 105 21.9E.
Master, second officer and duty seaman were held hostage by
persons armed with long knives while ship's cash and crew
belongings were looted. At 0240 thieves took master to poop deck
before escaping in two speedboats (IMB)/
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12. INDONESIA: An unidentified cargo ship was boarded 3 Nov
at 0115 local time while underway in position 12 00.5S, 108 26.2E.
Five persons armed with long knives boarded at the stern from a
wooden boat containing two accomplices. They went to bridge and
tied up duty officer and seaman and then stole cash and property
from officers' cabins. Master raised alarm and the thieves fled
after severely cutting his arm (IMB).
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13. INDONESIA: An unidentified bulk carrier was boarded 3
Nov at 0010 local time while underway in position 03 16N,
105 24.4E. Nine pirate armed with knives took third officer and
second officer hostage to force them to call master to bridge.
When master opened his door, four pirates rushed inside, assaulted
him and tied him up. The thieves stole ship's cash and master's
cash and personal belongings before taking him to poop deck from
which they escaped in a narrow boat (IMB).
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14. INDONESIA: An unidentified chemical tanker reports
suspicious approach 3 Nov at 0225 local time while underway in
position 02 01S, 108 29E. Two unlit speedboats were detected
ahead of the tanker and one approached to within five cables at 20
knots. Ship switched on lights and began evasive steering and
boats withdrew (IMB).
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15. INDONESIA: An unidentified tug towing a barge reports
suspicious approach 3 Nov at 0430 local time while underway in
position 02 39N, 105 03E. A speedboat with six persons approached
but withdrew after fifteen minutes when crew switched on
searchlights (IMB).
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16. INDONESIA: An unidentified bulk carrier was boarded 2
Nov at 2130 local time while underway in position 03 05N, 105 21E.
Eight persons armed with knives, swords and bamboo sticks took
three crew hostage and took them to crew lounge where they tied up
master, Chief Engineer and second engineer. Pirates took master
to his cabin where they stole ship's cash and his personal
belongings. They also took the officers to their cabins where the
robbed their belongings. At 2200 they forced master to reduce
speed, took him to the poop deck, and escaped. During the
incident the ship was not under command as the third officer had
been tied on the bridge (IMB).
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17. INDONESIA: The Indian flag tanker (JAG PRANAM) was
boarded 2 Nov at 0400 local time while underway in position
01 13N, 105 10E off Bintan Island. Duty officer was held hostage
to force master to open his cabin where they stole ship's cash.
The cabins of the chief engineer, chief officer and two crew were
also robbed before the pirates left at 0500, the ship having been
not under command during that time (IMB).
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18. VIETNAM: Five persons boarded an unidentified container
ship 17 Nov at 2300 local time while underway about 6 nm "off" Ho
Chi Minh City (NFI). Crew raised alarm and intruders fled empty
handed (IMB).
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19. VIETNAM: An unidentified chemical tanker was boarded 5
Nov between 1800 and 2000 UTC while anchored in position 10 31.7N,
107 00.2E, Vung Tau. The thieves broke into engine room storeroom
and stole spares (IMB).
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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. GREENPEACE-BRAZIL-ILLEGAL LOGGING: Activists from the
Greenpeace ship (ARCTIC SUNRISE) discovered a barge allegedly
loaded with illegally logged timber and marked the cargo with
painted "crime" signs. On 23 Nov 300 loggers from Porto de Moz on
the Amazon, surrounded the Greenpeace ship and threatened local
activists, forcing them to flee. Greenpeace reports attempts to
board their ship were repelled. (GP).
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2. GREENPEACE-THAILAND-GENETICALLY MODIFIED GRAIN: A small
scale protest was staged 19 Nov around the bulk carrier (POSEIDON)
carrying 57,000 tons of allegedly genetically modified grains from
Argentina. The ship was unloading at anchor about 125 km
southeast of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand (INFO).
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3. GREENPEACE-NETHERLANDS-ILLEGAL LOGGING: Greenpeace
activists blockaded IJmuiden harbor 19 Nov and on 20 Nov 13
protesters chained themselves to the loading ramp and cranes of
the bulk carrier (NDS PROMINENCE) over loading a cargo of alleged
illegally logged Cameroonian timber. The blockade was staged by
activists in canoes and liferafts and was lifted only when
authorities agreed to let representatives of the protesters board
the ship along with customs officials (INFO).
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4. SEA SHEPHERD-JAPAN-WHALING: Two members of the militant
environmentalist group Sea Shepherd were arrested 18 Nov after
they reportedly cut a whaling net belonging to a local fishermen's
union in Taiji Bay, Wakayama, Japan. Sea Shepherd, a group which
spun off from Greenpeace in 1978 over Greenpeace's unwillingness
to support their violent tactics, has claimed responsibility for
sinking whaling and sealing vessels. It has been relatively quiet
in recent years and has maintained only minimal local presence,
although it has previously deployed a two-ship fleet of protest
vessels (INFO, ONI).
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2. GREENPEACE-INDIA-SHIPBREAKING TOXINS: Greenpeace
scored an important victory in their campaign against scrapping
ships laden with toxins according to a 19 Nov announcement. The
group, whose flagship (RAINBOW WARRIOR) has been off the Indian
coast at Alang since mid November, has succeeded in getting the
government of Gujarat State to order inspection for compliance
with international norms for ship-breaking of the UK-flag (GENOVA
BRIDGE) which was brought to Alang 12 Nov. On 22 Nov the Gujarat
Pollution Control Board concluded that the ship contained no
hazardous material, but the finding was reversed 24 Nov when the
Gujarat government ordered the ship be cleaned of asbestos prior
to scrapping. Also on 24 Nov (RAIBOW WARRIOR) moved farther
offshore outside India's territorial waters ins response to
threats to have the ship arrested by the Coast Guard. The Gujarat
Government had previously attempted to get the Indian Navy or
Coast Guard to arrest Greenpeace personnel aboard (RAIBOW WARRIOR)
but their request had been turned down (INFO, LL).
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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) 669-3261 or via e-mail at cdragonette@nmic.navy.mil.

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