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The Lady Myrtle is registered under an Indian Flag, its date of birth given as 1940, it is designated an Oil Products Tanker.
According to this source (last up date 2004) the Lady myrtle belongs jointly to Shell and Burmah Oil. And is based in Mumbai, India.
Burmah Oil Co. Ltd. (Tankers). They later adopted a white flag bearing what was, I understand, the petrol-pump sign of a triband panel of red-white-blue, the top and bottom edges being pointed and the white band bearing the black legend "Burmah". These days their only shipping involvement appears to be a joint venture with Shell in the 104T tanker "Lady Myrtle" based Mumbai, India.
Hakluyt & Company is a British corporate investigation firm. It was founded in 1995 by Christopher James and Mike Reynolds, both former MI6 officers. James retired in mid-2006, stepping up to the firm's advisory board, and was replaced as managing director by another MI6 “old boy”, Keith Craig who has since recruited so many former MI6 officers that it is now believed to be the biggest collection of MI6-trained intelligence officers outside of MI6 itself. Hakluyt even operates in a similar fashion, maintaining a large number of "associates" around the world who form an international network of what are effectively its agents, although it insists that it is an entirely independent business organisation.
In 2001 the Sunday Times reported that documentary film-maker Manfred Schlickenrieder was paid by Hakluyt to investigate Greenpeace on behalf of BP, and other environmental groups on behalf of Shell. Shell believed that ultra-left German activists had infiltrated Greenpeace and were responsible for threats of violence to its staff. Schlickenrieder had previously worked for the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, the German domestic security and intelligence agency.
In 2008 the russian pro-Kremlin news magazine, Profile, reported that Hakluyt & Company was involved in a political plot against former french Prime minister, Dominique de Villepin.
The Sunday Times has seen documents which show that the spy, German-born Manfred Schlickenrieder, was hired by Hakluyt, an agency that operates from offices in London’s West End.Â
Schlickenrieder was known by the code name Camus and had worked for the German foreign intelligence service gathering information about terrorist groups, including the Red Army Faction.
He fronted a film production company called Gruppe 2, based in Munich, but he also worked in London and Zurich. His company was a one-man band with a video camera making rarely seen documentaries. He had been making an unfinished film about Italy’s Red Brigade since 1985. Another of his alleged guises was as a civil servant of the Bavarian conservation agency in charge of listed buildings and monuments.Â
One of his assignments from Hakluyt was to gather information about the movements of the motor vessel Greenpeace in the north Atlantic. Greenpeace claims the scandal has echoes of the Rainbow Warrior affair, when its ship protesting against nuclear testing in the South Pacific was blown up by the French secret service in 1985. A Dutch photographer died in the explosion.Â
‘The company has close links to the oil industry through Sir Peter Cazalet, the former deputy chairman of BP, who helped to establish Hakluyt before he retired, last year, and Sir Peter Holmes, former chairman of Shell, who is president of its foundation.Â
MPs believe the affair poses serious questions about the blurring of the divisions between the secret service, a private intelligence company and the interests of big companies. Hakluyt refutes claims by some in the intelligence community that it was started by MI6 officers to carry out “deniable” operations
After retiring from government service in 1997, Wisner joined the board at a subsidiary of Enron, the former energy company. He is also on the board of Hakluyt & Company, a British corporate investigation firm.
Wisner is an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Security Network.