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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06ABUDHABI2133
2006-05-23 11:16
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abu Dhabi

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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 002133

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/22/2011

TAGS: PTER ASEC PREL RP SO AE
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES INQUIRY ABOUT PIRATED VESSEL, CREW

Classified By: Ambassador Michele J. Sison, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: The Philippines Ambassador to the UAE, Mr.
Libran N. Cabactulan, called on Ambassador May 23 to discuss
the status of the vessel M/T Lin 1 and its crew of 20
Filipinos seized by Somali pirates on March 29. Cabactulan
said that his government wanted to know if the U.S. Navy was
continuing to monitor the situation, and if so, what the
vessel’s whereabouts are. Cabactulan also passed the message
that Manila is concerned that the U.S. Navy not “storm the
ship” potentially causing Filipino casualties. Ambassador
promised to follow up and respond to Cabactulan before the
end of the day. End Summary.

¶2. (C) Philippines Ambassador Cabactulan met with Ambassador
and Polchief May 23 and shared information he had regarding
the M/T Lin 1 vessel seized by Somali pirates on March 29.
Although Cabactulan did not know the exact location of the
vessel and its crew at the present time, and also did not
know whether the U.S. Navy is continuing to monitor the
situation, he did offer the following details based on his
sources.

— The vessel is owned by a Greek company, Akron Trade and
Transport, and is sailing under a Panamian flag. The vessel
is based in Fujairah on the UAE’s East Coast.

— The pirates are seeking $600,000 in ransom for the ship
and $200,000 for the 20-member crew, all of whom are
Filipino. The owners of the vessel are apparently willing to
pay the ransom, on condition that the ship is returned and
the crew is released.

— The ship’s captain has had recent satellite telephone
communications with an employee of Akron, a Filipina posing
as the captain’s wife. Cabactulan said this was proof the
crew was still alive. Families of crew members have also
been in touch with them via cellular phone, an indication
that the pirates have furnished cellphone cards. The ship’s
crew has been receiving supplies (food and water), but the
situation is becoming “desperate,” according to Cabactulan.

— The U.S. Navy apparently has been in contact with an Akron
manager (Mr. Manoj) who has been keeping the U.S. Navy
abreast of developments.

— The pirates have reportedly suggested that the U.S. Navy
act as a go-between to ensure the delivery of the ship and
its crew, as well as transfer the ransom money.

¶3. (C) Cabactulan said his government was especially
concerned about the safety of the crew. “Do not storm the
ship,” he said, underscoring his government’s desire to see
this pirate incident conclude without harm to the Filipino
crew.

¶4. (C) Ambassador assured Cabactulan that the Embassy would
follow up with NAVCENT and that she hoped to have a response
to his queries by the end of the day today.

¶5. (U) “Khaleej Times” reported today that negotiations
between the pirates’ representatives and representatives of
the ship’s owners are taking place in Gann, a Somali village
400km north of Mogadishu.
SISON

   

 

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