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Armed drone attack on oil tanker sign of challenging times in transport
He resigned coming to you from Houston and overnight us time a drone hit an oil tanker off the coast of Oman, it was several 100 miles out to sea. This is the sort of thing we should better get used to. The Iranians are in the process with a little bit of help from sales to the Russians, of putting some of their long range drones into mass production. Now, from a ship point of view, they’re not hugely dangerous, because they cannot carry a very large warhead. So one hit from one of these things, five hits from one of these things is not going to take a supertanker down. But the Iranians have proven that they’re relatively inexpensive to build less than a small car. And they can send them out in waves. Also, most oil tankers unless they’re trying to avoid sanctions have transponders and so civilians can track them. And it’s very easy for the Iranians or anyone else, for that matter, to send a small fleet in order to strike any shipping. And even if they don’t take the ship down, it’s going to force tankers to go faster, have lighter loads that are higher in the water, and in general, just have a bad time of things. Two problems come from this number one, the range of these drones is in excess of 1000 miles. So that puts everything in the Persian Gulf and a lot of the Gulf of Oman in in radian range. And you can imagine any other constraint waterway on the planet and bad actors, whether they’re governments or otherwise, deciding that they want to interoperate energy flows, that’s just something that’s going to be part of the picture moving forward. Second, the US Navy has largely gone from the region, we only have carriers in the Gulf intermittently and very soon CENTCOM headquarters and gutter are going to be closed down. And aside from a few dozen troops that we have in Syria of special forces, there really isn’t an American military presence any longer, and there isn’t going to be one for the foreseeable future, the Americans are done. And the local countries are just not capable of dealing with this on the road. Which leads us to three, the future of maritime shipping is one where the shipping companies themselves the integral ships and captains themselves are going to have to arm themselves. In some cases. This means having some Marines on board, private Marines of course, in order to prevent boardings in some cases, it means you’re going to have small arms on the surface, or sorry, on the top of the ship in order to shoot down things that are coming in and maybe even some missile systems, which are becoming cheaper and cheaper by the day or their own drone systems in order to interdict attacks coming in. All of this is going to slow down shipping, and it’s going to raise the costs and make it more and more and more difficult to engage in any sort of long term, long range maritime shipping. The part of the world that is going to suffer the most from this by far is Asia where you’ve got lots and lots and lots of giant tankers going all the time and lots and lots of lots of intermediate supply chain steps for manufacturing. That is where the vast majority of the world’s shipping is on any given day and it is all vulnerable.
Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict paused, not over
A 2020 peace agreement aimed to settle major disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia that originated in 1918. But on Sept. 19, 2023, Azerbaijan launched an offensive military operation against Armenian forces in defiance of the 2020 agreement. Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan argues that great powers are at play in this seemingly far-off conflict,
Hydrogen as clean energy source not ready for prime time
Hydrogen fuel is used to propel NASA rockets into space, and certain car manufacturers are placing their bets on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to advance sustainable mobility. Despite these promising applications, hydrogen fuel has yet to achieve widespread adoption. Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan delves into the mechanics of hydrogen fuel, its potential for cleaner
Railroads are more about political power than economic
Railroads were the engines of progress and transformation throughout the Industrial Revolution. Today, many countries continue using rail systems for both shipping and travel. Yet politics is just as much a part of railroads today as it was in the 1800s. Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan says that whoever gains control over vital railway
Why Azerbaijan launched a military operation against Armenia
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Azerbaijan initiated what it termed “anti-terrorist” operations in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Azerbaijanis are insisting on the “full withdrawal” of ethnic Armenian forces as a prerequisite for peace in this disputed area. Nagorno-Karabakh, primarily inhabited by ethnic Armenians and located within Azerbaijan, has been a persistent source of conflict between
China’s collapse years in the making, not an overnight event
China is grappling with a range of challenges, including political, economic, and demographic issues. Youth unemployment rates are rising while fertility rates are declining, and banks are predicting a slowdown in economic growth. China’s economy is also feeling the effects of tech companies relocating and product bans being imposed by other countries. Straight Arrow News
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