Then came the naval blockade of Iraqi ports.
This support would protect ships headed to Iraqi ports, effectively guaranteeing Iraq's revenue stream for the duration of the war.
Other tactics were also being considered, from blocking Iraqi ports to boarding or even attacking merchant vessels attempting to break the embargo.
It is using force against Iraq every day - to protect the no-flight zones and to stop and search ships heading for Iraqi ports.
That could delay naval challenges to ships bound to and from Iraqi ports.
No longer calling on Kuwaiti or Iraqi ports, tankers are frantically trying to secure Iranian oil instead.
Rates for ships calling at Iraqi and Kuwaiti ports are being determined by negotiation, Lloyd's executives said.
Upon the outbreak of war, the RAN's focus shifted to supporting the coalition land forces and clearing the approaches to Iraqi ports.
Customs officers have the broad authority to search persons or vehicles at Iraqi ports of entry.
The money was ostensibly for moving the wheat inland from the Iraqi port.