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Piracy Incidents by Region July 7 – 13 (Source: Office of Naval Intelligence)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: Bulk carrier fired upon with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades on 9 July at 2140 UTC at position 09:06.0N – 014:06.3W approximately 33 NM SW of Conakry, Guinea. Pirates in a motor boat approached a drifting bulk carrier. Duty officer noticed the approaching boat and raised alarm and crew mustered. Pirates fired machine guns and RPG at the vessel and moved away. Vessel proceeded further out to sea. (IMB)
PHILIPPINES: A container vessel was robbed 8 July at 2015 UTC while anchored in position 14:32N – 120:55E: at the Manila south anchorage, Philippines. Duty watchman onboard an anchored container vessel noticed three robbers boarding the vessel from a boat near the forecastle. He informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and reported to port authorities. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores. (IMB)
Forecast for July 14-20, 2011
July Convoy Schedule
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Turkish maritime task group schedule for June/July 2011. Rendezvous point “A” (Eastbound): 11:50N – 045:00E. Rendezvous point “B” (Westbound): 14:28N – 053:00E. Convoy speed is 10 knots. Eastbound transits are at 0500 UTC 6 June, 1100 UTC 10 June, 1700 UTC 14 June, 0800 UTC 17 July 2011. Westbound transits are at 0800 UTC 8 June, 1400 UTC 12 June, 0500 UTC 15 July, 1100 UTC 19 July 2011. The task group will be formed by two frigates. Merchant vessels intending to join the convoy should register to TMTG via email ([email protected] (for other flags) or [email protected]) (for Turkish merchant vessels) not less than two days before the arrival to the rendezvous point. Registration form is available on the “Undersecretarian for Maritime Affairs” website (www.denizcilik.gov.tr). The Turkish Navy Operations Center can be reached at (+90-312- 4032222/+90-312-4033093), (Fax: +90.312-4173065), (Email: [email protected]). The Turkish Maritime Task Group ships can be reached at (primary contact email: [email protected]): TCG BARBAROS: INMARSAT: 00870764864590/00870600946197, Fax: 00870600946198; TCG GELIBOLU: INMARSAT: 00870764864568/00870600946142, Fax: 00870600946143; TCG GEMLIK: INMARSAT: 00870764864586/00870600946187, Fax: 00870600946188. (MSCHOA)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for July 2011. The Government of Japan (GOJ) provides escort operations by Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) for vessels in accordance with the following schedule. Due to the start of the monsoon season, the Self-Defense Force will shorten the east end of the transit corridor. Rendezvous point “A” (Eastbound): 11:50N – 045:00E. Rendezvous point “B” (Westbound): 14:28N – 053:00E. Base speed is 12 knots. Eastbound transits are at 1400 UTC on 1 July, 8 July, 17 July, 21 July, and 28 July 2011. Westbound transits are at 1400 UTC on 3 July, 10 July, 19 July, and 23 July 2011. Please note that application for JMSDF escort operation must be made directly to the GOJ, which is a separate procedure from the application to MSC (HOA). Merchant vessels that wish to apply for JMSDF escort operation should visit http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/maritime/maritime_fr2 _000000.html to follow the application procedure. For further information, please contact directly the Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Office, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT), Japan: Tel: +81-3-5253-8932 Fax: +81-3-5253-1643 Email: INFO- [email protected] (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: People’s Liberation Army Navy convoy schedule for July 2011. Rendezvous Point “B” (Westbound convoys): 14:00N – 051:00E. Rendezvous Point “A” (Eastbound convoys): 11:52N – 044:12E. 051:00E. Eastbound convoys transit at 0600 UTC 4 July, 9 July, 14 July, 19 July, 24 July, 29 July 2011. Westbound convoys transit at 0600 UTC 1 July, 6 July, 11 July, 16 July, 21 July, 26 July, 31 July 2011. Vessels should submit the application via INM-C (583441301333), (INM-F:773122242, INM-M:76493882) or EMAIL: [email protected] with the following details: Vessel name, call sign, flag, MMSI number, GT/DWT, LOA, mean draft, freeboard, economy speed, max cruising speed, crew’s number and nationality, captain’s name and nationality, country of shipping company, type of vessel, cargo, last port of call/country, next port of call/country, year built, landing place for helicopter, contact information, ETA rendezvous point. Vessels that want to join the Chinese Navy convoy should inform Chinese Navy 998 of ETA to the rendezvous point every day and cancel the application ASAP if that vessel will not join the Chinese Navy convoy. (MSCHOA) . D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Naval convoy schedule for June/July 2011. Rendezvous point “A” (Eastbound): 12:07N – 044:11E. Rendezvous point “B” (Westbound): 14:54N – 054:41E. Please note that each starting point indicates the endpoint for the convoy from the opposite direction. Transit speed is 12 knots. Eastbound convoys transit at 0400 UTC 15 June, 24 June, 4 July, 10 July, 23 July 2011. Westbound convoys transit at 0400 UTC 21
June, 1 July, 7 July, 17 July 2011. All merchant vessels wishing to join the convoy group must submit their application forms directly to the ROK naval warship carrying out the mission. Minimum speed for the convoy is 12 knots, meaning all vessels wishing to join the convoy group must be able to maintain the speed of 12 knots throughout the period of transit. Please note that a 2-hour delay in arrival at the rendezvous position will make the ROK Naval Escort Task Group convoy unavailable. At/from 24 hours prior to the convoy time, all vessels registered for the convoy must establish initial communication with ROK Naval Escort Task Group, and update its position, course, speed (PCS), and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for every 4 hours. For further information, please contact the ROK Naval Escort Task Group directly at (INMARSAT:870-773-110238), (FAX: 870-783110591) or EMAIL: [email protected] (MSCHOA) . E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Russian Naval convoy schedule for June/July 2011. Ships will be escorted by the Russian warship “Severomorsk” as of 17 June 2011. Rendezvous point “A” (Western point): 17:10N – 040:40E. Rendezvous point “B” (Eastern point): 15:15N 058:20E. Transit speed is 12 knots. Eastbound convoys start at point “A” and transit at 0600 UTC 17 June, 1200 UTC 28 June, 0600 UTC 10 July, 0600 UTC 21 July 2011. Westbound convoys start at point “B” and transit at 0600 UTC 22 June, 0700 UTC 4 July, 0600 UTC 16 July 2011. Vessels wishing to join Russian national convoys should arrive at the assembly point at least 2 hours before the ETD. Shipping companies and shipmasters that would like their vessels to join any Russian national convoy are kindly requested to submit their applications to the Russian Maritime Security Service via e-mail: [email protected] or (FAX: +7 (495) 607-01- 95). (MSCHOA)
Source: U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence
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