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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Oil, Sand & Water

Damaged Oil Tanker Andrea Victory in the Gulf of Oman
Someone has attacked four oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman recently. The United States accuses Iran and Iran denies it. The Public's Radio has the story. It seems the Houthis from Yemen claimed the earlier attacks (about a month ago). There is some kind of civil war going on Yemen, which looks like a proxy for war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and that conflict is kind of a proxy for competition between Russia and the US. So if we (the US) want to accuse anybody, we should be accusing Russia of supporting Iran, but then Russia might turn around and accuse us of supporting Saudi Arabia's attacks on the rebels in Yemen.

I'm surprised to see a ship registered in Norway operating here. I suppose if you are in the oil business you go where the money sends you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fascinating report on "flags of convenience:
https://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol19/tnm_19_319-340.pdf

Your pal,
James