The hunt for the "dark tankers": the US is preparing for the oil blockade of Venezuela


Having failed a vague attempt at a coup d'état in Venezuela, the Americans are now taking seriously to Caracas, trying to drive out the remains economic base. Apparently, President Donald Trump sent a navy to the Caribbean not so much to fight drug trafficking as to catch "dark tankers" smuggling Venezuelan oil.


The other day, the Foreign Ministry of this Latin American country issued a statement that the United States began to "pursue" its tankers.

The affairs of Venezuela, which has the richest oil reserves in the world, are, to put it mildly, not in the best way. A country whose 90% export consists of hydrocarbon sales was hit by US sanctions that closed the US market to it. Then it was hit by the oil war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, as well as a general drop in global demand due to the pandemic and global quarantine. The storages are full to get rid of oil, Caracas is forced to sell it at a price lower than $ 5 per barrel to the few that they are ready to take it, despite the risk of secondary sanctions by the United States.

If you call a spade a spade, this is a real economic disaster. Somehow, keeping the regime of President Nicolas Maduro afloat is helped by deliveries abroad according to “gray schemes”. The United States names China, India, and even Russia as buyers of Venezuelan oil. However, Rosneft chose to “take its feet” out of Venezuela, dumping its assets in this country to a company owned by the Russian government.

These schemes involve the so-called "dark tankers" (dark tankers). These are vessels owned by small companies, sailing under a convenient flag, for example, Liberian, with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) disabled. Approaching the Caribbean, such a tanker turns off the AIS and "disappears", lost among others. When he reached Venezuela and was filled with oil, he left and only after that turned on the system again.

A logical question arises: are such precautions capable of tricking the United States? technological Opportunities allow them and their allies to track even such “dark tankers” that they have shown when hunting for ships smuggling Iraqi oil around the turn of the century. Apparently, now in Washington they decided to stop turning a blind eye to this "dark business", covering the last loophole for Caracas.

At the first stage, a blacklist of ships violating US sanctions will be compiled. The next step will be an exemplary capture: a warship will require the tanker captain to stop moving, and then a special forces group will be lowered from his helicopter to the deck. Washington has already sent its fleet to the shores of Venezuela, it seems, precisely for the implementation of such a sea blockade.
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  1. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 19 May 2020 11: 54
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    At the first stage, a blacklist of ships violating US sanctions will be compiled. The next step will be an exemplary capture: a warship will require the tanker captain to stop moving, and then a special forces group will be lowered from his helicopter to the deck.

    We will be watching with interest the development of events, some islanders have already tried to engage in such pirate fishing. Enthusiasm quickly passed. But some people don’t understand the first time, they think their untouchables are tankers or missiles flying to their military bases are not stored in memory?

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      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 May 2020 17: 27
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      Typical pirate capture, pure Somalia, only with a helicopter. It’s a pity, not even a single corvette was nearby, a couple of minutes would be enough to splash these freaks and send them to the bottom together with their motorboats.
  2. Dear sofa expert. 19 May 2020 13: 06
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    ... The next step will be a model capture ..

    And what will they do with the captured cargo? Noble return back to Venezuela? Or, like bandits, will share all these looted "democratic values" between members of the gang?
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    Rostislav (Rostislav) 19 May 2020 15: 39
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    And on what basis will a military ship stop and search vehicles in neutral waters? Penguins began to trade in privateer certificates?
    Absolutely “exclusive” shores are lost.
  4. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 19 May 2020 16: 58
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    ... a warship will require the captain of the tanker to stop moving, and then a special forces group will be lowered from the helicopter to his deck.

    Only here other scenarios may appear:
    1) A group of special forces can be fired from machine guns by specially taken guards.
    2) A submarine accompanying the tanker may be located under the tanker.
    3) In the event of a capture, the captain or team may undermine or set fire to the tanker and blame the Americans who landed on the tanker for this. I think that this special forces did not sign the fire on a tanker.
    4) Maybe, in general, everything is completely uncontrollable.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 May 2020 17: 31
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      Cool, of course, especially with the boat. Whose tank will she be interested in and each tanker will be escorted to her destination in a similar way? The epic will be out of stupidity, fantasticness and the cost of the epic.
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        Bulanov (Vladimir) 19 May 2020 17: 43
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        For Arkharov: Have you ever fished for fishing? If yes, then you know that it does not always bite, even when you lavishly lay the bait generously. In addition, these are good submarine exercises. And whose she is - it does not matter if she goes unnoticed. And what will the commandos do if she emerges?
        And for the shooting of special forces from machine guns and the tanker undermining the captain, in case of capture, you have no objections, as I understand it?
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          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 May 2020 19: 19
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          Great ideas, I liked everything, even about the submarine, World War 3, etc. I would have thrown you with 10 similar ones. Just a little crazy.
          1. Bulanov Offline
            Bulanov (Vladimir) 19 May 2020 21: 55
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            With the mad not for me ...
            1. Arkharov Offline
              Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 May 2020 16: 46
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              And who is the author of that wonderful “set” of the most base Hollywood scripts?
  5. It is necessary to drown amers, definitely!