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DarkHunter

Iranian Oil Seized

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DarkHunter

Over the past day or so it seems America has managed to seize approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil/gasoline heading to Venezuela from Iran.  The four tankers were all seized while at sea and the American government isnt saying how they were seized beyond that the military wasnt involved.

Iran has already boarded one oil tanker temporarily and seems to have harassed two other oil tankers since America has seized the four tankers.  No one knows why Iran temporarily boarded the oil tanker, the Iranian government hasnt officially recognized it occuring and all America has done is release footage of Iranian forces using a helicopter to board the tanker but the speculation online is that its tied to the American seized tankers somehow.  Since it was a small Liberian tanker some are thinking Iran was trying to steal back its lost 1.1 million barrels of gas/oil but that is just some speculation going around.

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DarkHunter

Some new information that clarifies a few actions that have occurred. 

Apparently the four oil tankers seized and the one boarded by the IRGC temporarily were all managed by the same company.  Seems the IRGC tried to board and take over the tanker to use it as leverage against the company from complying with the American seizure order but released the ship after they learned the cargo of the four seized tankers have already been offloaded onto other ships under control of America.  

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seanjo

I thought Venezuela had plenty of its own oil...

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DarkHunter
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20 minutes ago, seanjo said:

I thought Venezuela had plenty of its own oil...

They do but due to poor management, extreme corruption, and general incompetence Venezuela has effectively destroyed its ability to process crude oil into anything useful and even their ability to extract crude oil has been dropping if I remember correctly.

Iranian technicians had to be brought in to just attempt to restart a Venezuelan oil refinery.

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seanjo
15 minutes ago, DarkHunter said:

They do but due to poor management, extreme corruption, and general incompetence Venezuela has effectively destroyed its ability to process crude oil into anything useful and even their ability to extract crude oil has been dropping if I remember correctly.

 

It's called socialism. It b*****ed British industry in the 60's and 70's.

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2 hours ago, DarkHunter said:

Some new information that clarifies a few actions that have occurred. 

Apparently the four oil tankers seized and the one boarded by the IRGC temporarily were all managed by the same company.  Seems the IRGC tried to board and take over the tanker to use it as leverage against the company from complying with the American seizure order but released the ship after they learned the cargo of the four seized tankers have already been offloaded onto other ships under control of America.  

Yeah... they didn't use military force, they just threatened the shipping company with sanctions and the crews got in line.

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RoofGardener

Wow - diplomacy in action ! I'm impressed. 

I'm also impressed with the logistics: to get the four ships to rendevoiz with American-controlled oil tankers, and to offload the oil in mid-ocean: that's clever. 

It must also have happened quite close to Iranian waters, if the IRGC where able to send a helicopter after one of the ships !!

Well done America ! 

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DarkHunter
23 minutes ago, RoofGardener said:

Wow - diplomacy in action ! I'm impressed. 

I'm also impressed with the logistics: to get the four ships to rendevoiz with American-controlled oil tankers, and to offload the oil in mid-ocean: that's clever. 

It must also have happened quite close to Iranian waters, if the IRGC where able to send a helicopter after one of the ships !!

Well done America ! 

Wasnt exactly off loaded in mid-ocean for atleast two of the tankers.  Two of the tankers, Bella and Bering, were in the waters of Cape Verde, small island nation off the coast of North Africa.  The other two tankers, Luna and Pandi, it's not clear where they stopped to offload the oil as Luna turned off its transponder May 25 and Pandi on July 1 but the last known location for both was in the gulf of Oman. 

Seems by the start of May the ship owners were already starting to get cold feet at the threat of American sanctions and seems they only agreed to go along with the plan on the condition the IRGC would buy the tankers after the delivery if they were sanctioned.

Interestingly Alex Saab, the main broker for international deals for the Venezuelan government, is currently imprisoned in Cape Verde awaiting extradition to America.

As for the ship that Iran boarded it was the Wila and the IRGC boarded it while it was in the Persian gulf, if I remember correctly it was relatively close to the straits of Hormuz still.  Before the Wila was boarded two other tankers in the Persian gulf made odd maneuvers towards the Iranian coast before correcting course to be back in the main shipping lanes.  Its speculated that Iran attempted and failed to detain those tankers.

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RoofGardener

VERY strange, @DarkHunter. Well, no doubt the truth will come out soon ? 

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