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Navy SEALs take tanker, foiling Libya rebel attempt to sell oil

  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize a diverted oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Cyprus, thwarting an attempt by a breakaway Libyan militia to sell its contents on the black market, the Pentagon says.
  • The tanker had sailed last week from the Libyan port of Es Sider with a cargo of crude, and after leaving Libyan waters it appeared to have sailed the Mediterranean in search of a buyer for its oil.
  • The crude from Es Sider was produced by a joint venture between Libya’s National Oil Corp., Hess (HES), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Marathon Oil (MRO).
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  • User 353732
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    Will the US be doing the same thing with cruise ships bound for Crimea this Summer?

     

    What if Russian commandos start seizing vessels in international waters using the same logic as the US.....
    17 Mar 2014, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • sloving
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    I would say that if the cargo was owned by by a Russian company, that action would be warranted under the same or similar circumstances.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:59 AM Reply Like
  • drjorde
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    What does a Cruise ship have to do with Piracy of Oil? I would expect any nation with capabilities like the Seals or Russian Commandos to protect and serve the ship if it was in their best interest.
    17 Mar 2014, 10:32 AM Reply Like
  • JMajoris
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    I know, comparisons just don't make any sense.....

     

    <<What does a Cruise ship have to do with Piracy of Oil? >>
    17 Mar 2014, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    Nice to see us acting in our own interests, for a change.
    17 Mar 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • bdarken
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    Seals as corporate commandoes?

     

    What happens when people default on their bonds?
    17 Mar 2014, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • Agbug
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    My suspicion is the oil was being marketed in Euro's, or another currency other than petro dollars. Kind of like selling non-FDA approved drugs, can't have that.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:04 AM Reply Like
  • PalmDesertRat
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    Will MRO et al re-imburse the US taxpayer?
    17 Mar 2014, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Yeah, there's a great idea, let's find out what this cost!
    17 Mar 2014, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • tealone
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    Would have been nice to have had one of those Seal Teams sent to Benghazi when we needed it. Should have put a couple of barrels of oil in the Embassy, maybe that would have made the decision a little easier for the pres.
    17 Mar 2014, 11:47 AM Reply Like
  • 2839298249
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    Interesting in that it appears there was no buyer for this cargo. If there was it would not have been anchored off Cyprus.

     

    The SEALs should pilot the ship to a breaking yard in Bangladesh and have it cut for scrap, since it appears to be a "ghost ship" with no flag and no owner.
    17 Mar 2014, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    Turkey is closer. There's a nice breaking facility there.
    17 Mar 2014, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • PalmDesertRat
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    Any legitimate refiner would be reluctant to buy the cargo because its ownership would be disputed. The refiner couldn't get clean title.
    17 Mar 2014, 04:30 PM Reply Like
  • sethmcs
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    North Korean flag was reported. I am too lazy to provide the link.
    18 Mar 2014, 01:03 AM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    Now, if the SEALS could get this done, it strains credulity for the govt. to tell us that there was no action they could have taken during the Benghazi tragedy.
    17 Mar 2014, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • JMajoris
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    Certainly didn't need this to prove that ;-)

     

    <<Now, if the SEALS could get this done, it strains credulity for the govt. to tell us that there was no action they could have taken during the Benghazi tragedy. >>
    17 Mar 2014, 04:14 PM Reply Like
  • findrichard
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    Hey! GO NAVY!!!!
    17 Mar 2014, 08:12 PM Reply Like
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