Tanker attacks Gulf of Oman

Flight

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Seems the released tanker did indeed bugger off to Syria and unload there..

Ambassador summoned... No doubt they'll throw paperclips at him to really make him realise just how upset they are about all this...
 

Flight

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A handful of drones, that look as though they've been made of lego and bodge tape, cost the Saudis $300 million per day whilst the Abqaiq plant is offline...

That's pretty damned asymmetric.
 

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A handful of drones, that look as though they've been made of lego and bodge tape, cost the Saudis $300 million per day whilst the Abqaiq plant is offline...

That's pretty damned asymmetric.
pushes the oil price up though, doesn't it, just when they were announcing that they were cutting production.
 

Flight

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Yip, and the US of A is the only source that can significantly increase production...

Something that will not be lost on the hawks who might eye Iran's oil exports with some.... disfavour.

Meanwhile it might sharpen a few minds as to the usefulness of good old fashioned flak.
 
Ten days previously Russia and Saudi Arabia agree to cut oil production to keep prices high. They’re part of what’s called ‘OPEC plus’. Saudi and US sources have said they will make reserves available to keep the current levels going.

The Saudi’s have already said they will cover the loss with their stocks of an estimated 188 Bn barrels, with exports normally at 7Bn a day.

Obviously, Iran denies any involvement mentioning US assets are with the 2K range of their missiles.

Elsewhere, Iraq denies their territory where Iranian sponsored militias are prominent was used to launch the attacks. The UAE are awaiting the results of any investigation.
 
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Clearly the paperclip throwing hasn't deterred them.

Odd that.
 

Nemesis44UK

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As General Riper USMC knew and demonstrated.


Much to the annoyance of the USN.
Interesting read, thanks for the link.
 

Flight

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Ten days previously Russia and Saudi Arabia agree to cut oil production to keep prices high. They’re part of what’s called ‘OPEC plus’. Saudi and US sources have said they will make reserves available to keep the current levels going.

The Saudi’s have already said they will cover the loss with their stocks of an estimated 188 Bn barrels, with exports normally at 7Bn a day.

Obviously, Iran denies any involvement mentioning US assets are with the 2K range of their missiles.

Elsewhere, Iraq denies their territory where Iranian sponsored militias are prominent was used to launch the attacks. The UAE are awaiting the results of any investigation.
Despite the weekend papers reporting that someone may or may not have farted at 3am Brent spiked 13% today alone. And was up 20% in the morning as all the shorts were forced to close.

Which benefits some greatly, and will also impact upon others hugely. Reportedly the Saudis think they can get 1/3 of that plant back online shortish, though that still leaves quite a shortfall.

Meanwhile the increase in the barrel price wil exacerbate the reported shortish of eurodollars, which many point to as either a clear symptom of the strain before the financial crash or even the cause.

Now I doubt that $67 a barrel in itself is a big problem, though if further action or instability results in this being a trend then it is very bad news for European industry, though strangely good news for the ECB which is fighting a deflation trap.

Course one of the main beneficiaries of higher oil prices will be Iran, provided it can sell. Which might well factor in any decisions about how to respond.
 
Plenty of oil around.

The Sauds will not want a direct fight with Iran.
Despite the equipment imbalance, the Iranians are vastly better led, trained and motivated than the Magic Kingdoms ‘meet General Achmed, the Princes cousin’ hobby army/air farce/Navy
 
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So hmm,I’d i am correct the media reckons 4p extra per gallon (?) as a result of the attack in the Saudi oil field. Wonder how long it will take for peeps to notice around here when filling up..


Anyone seen the POTUS statement about being ‘locked and loaded’. So let’s examine options for retribution

1) shout (diplomatically)

2) fire a couple of warning shots across the bow ....in true Dale Brown fashion of launching the Tomahawk at Iranian strategic targets, preferably of those with anti ship and ballistic missiles aimed at Gulf.

3) shout even more ..

4) increase protection around any sea or land oil installations

5) bring back the Nightstalkers for a 30 year olds birthday bash embarked in an LHA or any other helicopter carrying vessel.

Cheers
 
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Plenty of oil around.

The Sauds will not want a direct fight with Iran.
Despite the equipment imbalance, the Iranians are vastly better led, trained and motivated than the Magic Kingdoms ‘meet General Achmed, the Princes cousin’ hobby army/air farce/Navy
Lets be honest my nieces rainbow troop is better motivated trained and led than most Middle East organisations (civil or military)
 
Stena Imperio reportedly on its way to Dubai. Crew likely to be be exchanged asap to get to their families:
Stena Bulk, the shipping company that operates the Stena Impero vessel, confirmed that the tanker was on the move and the company would comment further when it reaches international waters.

Iranian maritime officials said earlier that the tanker had been released from the port city of Bandar Abbas.

Stena Bulk's chief executive Erik Hanell said in a statement: "Families of crew members have been informed and the company is making arrangements for the repatriation of its valued seafarers."
 

Yokel

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MV Stena Impero has now arrived in Dubai:


The Royal Navy (and others) will continue to provide reassurance, protection, and deterrence. Perhaps this whole episode shows the politicians that we do indeed need a Navy, and that with very little warning, warships can find themselves responding to crises.
 

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