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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by dyqik » Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:55 pm

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** Just read that the Safer isn't a VLCC, it's a ULCC. VLCCs are up to 320,000 DWT, the Safer is a 406,000 DWT!
Bit of a VHF/UHF problem there. I work at a hundred to a thousand times the frequency of UHF. Apparently known as THF, for Tremendously High Frequency. Which is the band above Extremely High Frequency.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by noggins » Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:42 am

Its “only” got 150,000 dwt oil onboard though

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Martin_B » Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:55 pm

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Its “only” got 150,000 dwt oil onboard though
Which is important for the environment, but not when trying to tow it to a safe place to scrap.
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by KAJ » Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:50 pm

Relevant article in Grauniad

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Bird on a Fire » Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:42 pm

Seems like an argument for something like the UN Peacekeeping forces intervening.

f.cking up 7m people's water, especially round there *waves arms* doesn't seem like a good idea.
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

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Bird on a Fire wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:42 pm
Seems like an argument for something like the UN Peacekeeping forces intervening.

f.cking up 7m people's water, especially round there *waves arms* doesn't seem like a good idea.
You’d be looking at something more like an invasion of the area around the ship rather than peacekeeping, as the latter needs the consent of the parties in a conflict (or at least the most important ones).

Two problems there. Firstly, a military take over of the ship and surrounding waters would involve a high risk of shooting and explosions. Which really wouldn’t be a good idea.

Secondly, getting the necessary resolution passed by the UN Security Council would be difficult. Leaving aside the risks of military action blowing up the ship lots of states are very reluctant to have UN sanctioned attacks (yes, that happened in Libya in 2011, but that’s widely viewed as something which made the situation worse).

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Martin_B » Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:28 am

Woodchopper wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:45 am
Bird on a Fire wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:42 pm
Seems like an argument for something like the UN Peacekeeping forces intervening.

f.cking up 7m people's water, especially round there *waves arms* doesn't seem like a good idea.
You’d be looking at something more like an invasion of the area around the ship rather than peacekeeping, as the latter needs the consent of the parties in a conflict (or at least the most important ones).

Two problems there. Firstly, a military take over of the ship and surrounding waters would involve a high risk of shooting and explosions. Which really wouldn’t be a good idea.

Secondly, getting the necessary resolution passed by the UN Security Council would be difficult. Leaving aside the risks of military action blowing up the ship lots of states are very reluctant to have UN sanctioned attacks (yes, that happened in Libya in 2011, but that’s widely viewed as something which made the situation worse).
Considering the Houthis want the ship repaired, it seems like they want to continue owning (and presumably producing) through the field. It might be cheaper at current tanker prices to buy them a 2nd hand double-skinned tanker.

There's a 10-year old double-skinned VLCC on sale now for US$41 million. Converting it for use as an FSO like the Safer shouldn't be more than the same price (should be US$10-20 million, but it depends on how much work is required - it sounds like all processing is done onshore and it's just storage, so it should be the lower end - connections for turret swivel only - the current swivel might need some work, though.)

The Safer is supposed to have 1.1 million barrels of oil on board, and the current spot price is about US$80/barrel. The scrap value of the Safer (assuming it can be moved) should be around $20 million, but even assuming you can only give it to a scrap yard for nothing (there's a lot of steel left there and lots of spare capacity in the scrapyards) then it seems like you'd at least break even by taking control of the Safer and giving the Houthis a 'new' FSO.
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Woodchopper » Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:09 am

Martin_B wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:28 am
Woodchopper wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:45 am
Bird on a Fire wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:42 pm
Seems like an argument for something like the UN Peacekeeping forces intervening.

f.cking up 7m people's water, especially round there *waves arms* doesn't seem like a good idea.
You’d be looking at something more like an invasion of the area around the ship rather than peacekeeping, as the latter needs the consent of the parties in a conflict (or at least the most important ones).

Two problems there. Firstly, a military take over of the ship and surrounding waters would involve a high risk of shooting and explosions. Which really wouldn’t be a good idea.

Secondly, getting the necessary resolution passed by the UN Security Council would be difficult. Leaving aside the risks of military action blowing up the ship lots of states are very reluctant to have UN sanctioned attacks (yes, that happened in Libya in 2011, but that’s widely viewed as something which made the situation worse).
Considering the Houthis want the ship repaired, it seems like they want to continue owning (and presumably producing) through the field. It might be cheaper at current tanker prices to buy them a 2nd hand double-skinned tanker.

There's a 10-year old double-skinned VLCC on sale now for US$41 million. Converting it for use as an FSO like the Safer shouldn't be more than the same price (should be US$10-20 million, but it depends on how much work is required - it sounds like all processing is done onshore and it's just storage, so it should be the lower end - connections for turret swivel only - the current swivel might need some work, though.)

The Safer is supposed to have 1.1 million barrels of oil on board, and the current spot price is about US$80/barrel. The scrap value of the Safer (assuming it can be moved) should be around $20 million, but even assuming you can only give it to a scrap yard for nothing (there's a lot of steel left there and lots of spare capacity in the scrapyards) then it seems like you'd at least break even by taking control of the Safer and giving the Houthis a 'new' FSO.
Yes, that would probably be the best solution.

There will still be big problems implementing it even if a party can be found that is willing to buy a new tanker and give it to the Houthi government. They have had to endure UN sanctions since 2015, and a brutal Saudi led war against them (which has been supported by the US, UK, France etc). So there will be very little trust for any of the obvious candidates with enough capacity to be able to buy a new tanker, safely move the Safer and sell the oil it contains.

A deep pocketed mostly neutral state like Japan might be acceptable to the Houthis, but such a government might well decide that the risks of getting involved were too high.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by noggins » Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:26 pm

The Houthis have a war to win, and the ship is a weapon. The Houthis claim for a replacement vessel is a diversion.
There is no resolution to this without peace, at least locally, if not the whole of Yemen.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by dyqik » Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:32 pm

Woodchopper wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:09 am
Martin_B wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:28 am
Considering the Houthis want the ship repaired, it seems like they want to continue owning (and presumably producing) through the field. It might be cheaper at current tanker prices to buy them a 2nd hand double-skinned tanker.

There's a 10-year old double-skinned VLCC on sale now for US$41 million. Converting it for use as an FSO like the Safer shouldn't be more than the same price (should be US$10-20 million, but it depends on how much work is required - it sounds like all processing is done onshore and it's just storage, so it should be the lower end - connections for turret swivel only - the current swivel might need some work, though.)

The Safer is supposed to have 1.1 million barrels of oil on board, and the current spot price is about US$80/barrel. The scrap value of the Safer (assuming it can be moved) should be around $20 million, but even assuming you can only give it to a scrap yard for nothing (there's a lot of steel left there and lots of spare capacity in the scrapyards) then it seems like you'd at least break even by taking control of the Safer and giving the Houthis a 'new' FSO.
Yes, that would probably be the best solution.

There will still be big problems implementing it even if a party can be found that is willing to buy a new tanker and give it to the Houthi government. They have had to endure UN sanctions since 2015, and a brutal Saudi led war against them (which has been supported by the US, UK, France etc). So there will be very little trust for any of the obvious candidates with enough capacity to be able to buy a new tanker, safely move the Safer and sell the oil it contains.

A deep pocketed mostly neutral state like Japan might be acceptable to the Houthis, but such a government might well decide that the risks of getting involved were too high.
You've still got to clear the minefield around the Safer, though.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by plodder » Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:36 pm

noggins wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:26 pm
The Houthis have a war to win, and the ship is a weapon. The Houthis claim for a replacement vessel is a diversion.
There is no resolution to this without peace, at least locally, if not the whole of Yemen.
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Sciolus » Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:21 pm

Yeah, the only way to fix the Safer is to let the Houthis win the war, which means Saudi Arabia losing, which means the West won't support it, which makes it highly unlikely. I really can't see a viable solution.

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Post by Matatouille » Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:34 am

Sciolus wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:21 pm
Yeah, the only way to fix the Safer is to let the Houthis win the war, which means Saudi Arabia losing, which means the West won't support it, which makes it highly unlikely. I really can't see a viable solution.
If the Houthis can be persuaded to give up the ballistic missiles and launchers (given to them by the last Yemeni President in a bid to stay in power), the Saudis might be more persuadeable for a Houthi controlled state on their doorstep. This is substantially what it has all been about: an Iran ally with missiles able to reach the Saudi desalination plants that they'd carefully placed on their one coast that was out of range of Iran itself.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Woodchopper » Sat Nov 19, 2022 7:09 pm

Looks like there is an agreement to unload the oil: https://twitter.com/yemenifatima/status ... 4k-ja2LHyQ

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Post by EACLucifer » Sat Nov 19, 2022 7:11 pm

Sciolus wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:21 pm
Yeah, the only way to fix the Safer is to let the Houthis win the war, which means Saudi Arabia losing, which means the West won't support it, which makes it highly unlikely. I really can't see a viable solution.
It would also come with the pretty substantial downside of the Houthis winning. You should probably check how they behave. Just because one side - the Saudi backed side - is bad does not mean the other side - the Iranian backed side - is not also bad.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Martin_B » Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:48 pm

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Looks like there is an agreement to unload the oil: https://twitter.com/yemenifatima/status ... 4k-ja2LHyQ
So the operation to remove the oil from the Safer will cost ~$100 million, and will unload 1.1 million barrels of oil. Considering the current oil price of $80-90/bbl, I'd be tempted to unload the oil and then sail off (you may need a warship or two around to prevent any Houthis from trying to stop you, as they seem to want to be paid for the oil at market rate!)
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Post by Al Capone Junior » Sun Nov 20, 2022 10:33 pm

plodder wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:23 am
Martin_B wrote:
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:36 pm
And you lot don't realise that this is the kind of sh.t I deal with every day (OK, usually on a smaller scale). ;)
so with this one, what’s the plan, stan?

something like

a) bribe the rebels
b) clear the mines
c) set up a bund
d) ????
e) safely siphon the oil
f) tow it away to get broken up
Is this what you had in mind for d?

d) and then a miracle occurs

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Post by plodder » Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:04 am

Be good to know how the ??? bit works, I’m sure it’s clever

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Martin_B » Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:53 am

plodder wrote:
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Be good to know how the ??? bit works, I’m sure it’s clever
Aren't you the one that wrote the "???" ?

From what I've read, it sounds like a tanker will be brought alongside and the oil either siphoned or pumped off (would probably need pumps from the 2nd tanker as the Safer's pumps aren't working and might take quite a while to get into an operating state, but the oil is probably also stabilised enough for siphoning, it's just a longer procedure).

But the Houthis either want to be paid to allow this to happen, or to be paid for the oil, despite the operation costing pretty much the value of the oil; although I wonder if it *really* costs that much, or that is what the owner of the 2nd tanker is demanding for putting their boat and personnel into such a dangerous location and activity.

Either way, I'd suggest having a frigate or something alongside, too, in case the Houthis decide that two tankers make a better bargaining ploy than one, and once the offload has happened and the Safer has been made safe (or as safe as an ageing single-skinned ULCC with zero maintenance for ~10 years can be) I'd then sail off with the oil and the frigate between the tanker and land.
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Post by plodder » Mon Nov 21, 2022 9:55 am

Yeah the ??? was more about how they siphon it off without it all going bang

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Martin_B » Mon Nov 21, 2022 1:05 pm

plodder wrote:
Mon Nov 21, 2022 9:55 am
Yeah the ??? was more about how they siphon it off without it all going bang
That's just engineering. It's doable, unless you impose too many constraints on the system. I could explain it, but you may need a 3-year degree to understand it. As I said last year:
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And you lot don't realise that this is the kind of sh.t I deal with every day (OK, usually on a smaller scale). ;)
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by noggins » Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:04 pm

Pumo Cargo out, pump inert gas in, and some ballast if needed.

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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Grumble » Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:14 pm

Presumably tankers are designed to allow offload of the oil with standardised kits available at many docks around the world.
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Martin_B » Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:33 pm

Grumble wrote:
Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:14 pm
Presumably tankers are designed to allow offload of the oil with standardised kits available at many docks around the world.
The standardisation is with the connection equipment, and it's not as 'standard' as you might think - there are a few different international standards, and they don't all work with each other. Fortunately, there are adapter kits, or tankers have multiple connection types to work with most dock equipment.

Tankers have their own pumps to offload at docks. The dock doesn't usually vacuum siphon oil out of a tanker as vacuums are something you try and avoid (both the risk of vaporisation of the oil and potential for oxygen to enter). You always try and move flammable hydrocarbons at above atmospheric pressure if you can.

FSO (Floating Storage and Offtake) vessels, like the Safer also have their own pumps to offload to a tanker for the same reason. But the Safer has not been maintained and I doubt that the Safer's pumps will be operational after this time. They may be capable of being repaired, but if I were the owner of the offtake tanker in this case, I'd probably want to use my own equipment rather than rely on repairing pumps which may not have been used for several years.
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Re: huge bomb ship in the Yemen

Post by Grumble » Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:19 am

Martin_B wrote:
Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:33 pm
Grumble wrote:
Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:14 pm
Presumably tankers are designed to allow offload of the oil with standardised kits available at many docks around the world.
The standardisation is with the connection equipment, and it's not as 'standard' as you might think - there are a few different international standards, and they don't all work with each other. Fortunately, there are adapter kits, or tankers have multiple connection types to work with most dock equipment.

Tankers have their own pumps to offload at docks. The dock doesn't usually vacuum siphon oil out of a tanker as vacuums are something you try and avoid (both the risk of vaporisation of the oil and potential for oxygen to enter). You always try and move flammable hydrocarbons at above atmospheric pressure if you can.

FSO (Floating Storage and Offtake) vessels, like the Safer also have their own pumps to offload to a tanker for the same reason. But the Safer has not been maintained and I doubt that the Safer's pumps will be operational after this time. They may be capable of being repaired, but if I were the owner of the offtake tanker in this case, I'd probably want to use my own equipment rather than rely on repairing pumps which may not have been used for several years.
I suspect the engineering is exactly as standardised as I think! Can’t even get a screw right without specifying which standard and size and thread count
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