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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06ABUDHABI3101
2006-07-31 12:35
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abu Dhabi

VZCZCXRO5723
RR RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #3101 2121235
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 311235Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6387
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHML/AMEMBASSY MANILA 0664
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 0108
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 6331
RHRMDAB/US COMUSNAVCENT
RHMFISS/USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 003101

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2016
TAGS: PTER ASEC PREL RP SO AE
SUBJECT: CONCLUSION TO PIRATED VESSEL EPISODE

REF: ABU DHABI 2133

Classified by Charge d’Affaires Martin Quinn, reasons 1.4 (B)
and (D).

¶1. (C) Reftel noted the Philippines Ambassador to the UAE’s
concerns about the safety of the 20-member Filipino crew of a
UAE-based vessel, the M/T Lin 1, which was at the time in the
hands of Somali pirates. We now understand, from Philippines
Ambassador Libran Cabactulan and media reports that the ship
and crew have been released and are on their way to their
home port of Fujairah in the UAE. The Ambassador had no
details of the terms of the vessel’s release, but his
understanding was that the crew was in good health and making
its way slowly (due to choppy seas) towards the UAE coast.

¶2. (SBU) The Panamanian-flagged tanker The M/T Lin 1, owned
and operated by Akron Trade and Transport (a Fujairah Free
Zone Company), was held by pirates off the Somali coast from
March 29 through July 15. Ransom was demanded. Negotiations
for the release of the ship were reportedly conducted by the
vessel’s owners in Somalia and Nairobi, but we are not aware
of further details.

¶3. (C) Comment: Further U.S. interest in this case may
focus on possible debriefing of the crew by coalition
maritime forces to ascertain what might be learned of the
pirates’ modes of operation and possible future intentions.
End comment.
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