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November 2010
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chris/CO149 [userpic]
alert! alert! alert!

Intercepted from a Coast Guard shortwave data station near San Francisco (NMC on 8418.710 USB)

HYDROPAC 1395/03(62). PERSIAN GULF. 
1. THE COALITION LEADERSHIP HAS NOTED THE WIDESPREAD 
 SMUGGLING OF IRAQI OIL VIA THE NORTHERN PERSIAN GULF, 
 AND HAS DIRECTED ACTION TO END IT. COALITION NAVAL 
 FORCES HAVE INTENSIFIED INTERCEPTION OPERATIONS 
 AGAINST SHIPS SMUGGLING THE ILLEGAL OIL, IN 
 CONJUNCTION WITH ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS BY IRAQI 
 OFFICIALS AND COALITION FORCES IN IRAQ. PROCEDURES 
 ARE BEING ESTABLISHED FOR DETENTION AND POSSIBLE 
 CONFISCATION OF THE SHIPS AND FOR LEGAL ACTION 
 AGAINST THE PARTICIPANTS. 
2. ONLY OIL LEGALLY PURCHASED FROM THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT'S 
 STATE OIL MARKETING ORGANIZATION (SOMO) IS AUTHORIZED 
 FOR EXPORT. CURRENTLY AND FOR THE NEAR FUTURE, THIS 
 INCLUDES ONLY THE FOLLOWING TWO CATEGORIES: 
 A. CRUDE OIL ONLOADED AT THE OFFSHORE MINA AL-BAKR OIL 
 TERMINAL, PURCHASED UNDER VALID SOMO CONTRACT. 
 B. REFINED OIL ONLOADED AT KHOR AZ ZUBAYR TERMINAL IN 
 KHOR AZ ZUBAYR PORT, PURCHASED UNDER VALID SOMO CONTRACT. 
3. ANY OIL THAT DOES NOT FALL WITHIN THE ABOVE TWO CATEGORIES 

 IS STOLEN GOVERNMENT PROPERTY AND THEREFORE NOT AUTHORIZED 
 FOR SALE OR TRANSPORT. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: 

 A. ALL IRAQI OIL, INCLUDING BOTH FUEL OIL AND GASOIL (DIESEL), 

 SOLD AS FUEL FOR SHIP BUNKERS. SOMO HAS NOT AUTHORIZED 
 THE SALE OF ANY SHIP BUNKERS, ANYWHERE IN IRAQ. 
 B. ANY IRAQI OIL CURRENTLY BEING SOLD IN ABU FLUS PORT OR 
 AT ANY OTHER LOCATION ALONG THE SHATT AL-ARAB WATERWAY. 
4. THE COALITION LEADERSHIP IS COMMITTED TO RESTORING ECONOMIC 

 STABILITY IN IRAQ, WHICH INCLUDES CONTROLLING THE THEFT 
 AND SMUGGLING OF OIL THAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGS TO THE 
 IRAQI PEOPLE. ANY SHIP TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL IRAQI OIL 
 IS SUBJECT TO SEIZURE AND DETENTION BY COALITION 
 NAVAL FORCES. FURTHER, THE VESSEL MAY BE SUBJECT 
 TO FORFEITURE IN ACCORDANCE WITH IRAQI LAW. 
5. SHIP OWNERS AND OPERATORS PARTICIPATING IN THE ILLEGAL 
 ACTIVITY ARE ADVISED OF COORDINATED COALITION EFFORTS 
 AND WARNED OF THE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. 


Consider yourself warned.