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(AP News)   There is an abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. It holds a million barrels of oil. It is decaying and taking on water, threatening a major environmental disaster. Have a nice day   (apnews.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Exxon Valdez oil spill, Petroleum, abandoned oil tanker, U.N. inspectors access, coast of Yemen, Yemeni government official, Houthi rebels, engine compartment of the tanker  
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2020-06-26 1:02:53 PM  
Burn it
 
2020-06-26 1:34:05 PM  
Amateurs. That's only like 20% of a Deepwater Horizon.
 
2020-06-26 2:52:45 PM  
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2020-06-26 2:53:11 PM  
You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.
 
jvl [BareFark]
2020-06-26 2:53:13 PM  
Just go yoink it.
 
2020-06-26 2:55:06 PM  
Send in Dennis Hopper. He knows what to do in that situation.
 
2020-06-26 2:57:43 PM  
Is this one of those "unchecked capitalism" issues where the market has decided that the cost of recovering the ship exceeds the value of the oil it is holding and the fines for ruining the ocean when it fails?
 
2020-06-26 2:58:39 PM  

fragMasterFlash: You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.


This isn't going to do shiat to stop pirate attacks.  This oil tanker going up will foul up the Red Sea, and halt pretty much all marine traffic through the area, farking up international trade on a scale not seen since the damned Six Day War.  Plus, PLUS!  You know what will happen if it hits the Red Sea?  It will kill off all the fish in the area, driving more fishermen to become pirates just so they won't starve.  This thing going up will CAUSE EVEN MORE PIRATE ATTACKS!

Shut the fark up and sit the fark down.  You don't know a damned thing about what you're talking about.  For fark's sake, the pirates come from SOMALIA, not Yemen!
 
2020-06-26 2:59:46 PM  
The US navy should be going there and take it right now. Or the saudi navy or the iranian navy or the chinese navy... anybody really.

Where the fark is the UN?
 
2020-06-26 3:00:13 PM  
They're threatening the UN with an ecological bomb that will go off at some undetermined point in the near future.

Offer the current rebel leaders 70% of the value of the oil to walk away peacefully.
If they refuse, take out the leaders with drone strikes, and offer the new leadership 60% of the value of the oil.
 
2020-06-26 3:01:02 PM  

baorao: Is this one of those "unchecked capitalism" issues where the market has decided that the cost of recovering the ship exceeds the value of the oil it is holding and the fines for ruining the ocean when it fails?


The heavily armed rebels who have potent anti-ship missiles that control the coast where it is are the problem, not some vague "the market has decided" bullcrap.
 
2020-06-26 3:01:10 PM  
Stupid question: how hard would it be to surround the ship with oil spill containment booms?
 
2020-06-26 3:01:40 PM  
This sounds like a job for Super Man!
 
2020-06-26 3:01:51 PM  

NEDM: fragMasterFlash: You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.

This isn't going to do shiat to stop pirate attacks.  This oil tanker going up will foul up the Red Sea, and halt pretty much all marine traffic through the area, farking up international trade on a scale not seen since the damned Six Day War.  Plus, PLUS!  You know what will happen if it hits the Red Sea?  It will kill off all the fish in the area, driving more fishermen to become pirates just so they won't starve.  This thing going up will CAUSE EVEN MORE PIRATE ATTACKS!

Shut the fark up and sit the fark down.  You don't know a damned thing about what you're talking about.  For fark's sake, the pirates come from SOMALIA, not Yemen!


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2020-06-26 3:02:43 PM  
I've seen this documentary the man has gills.
 
2020-06-26 3:03:23 PM  
I had an idea to make floating oil containment barriers out of ducks and various water foul but realized some people might have a problem with that and decided surrounding the oil with a pool of vinegar might work.
 
2020-06-26 3:05:21 PM  
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2020-06-26 3:05:34 PM  

baorao: Is this one of those "unchecked capitalism" issues where the market has decided that the cost of recovering the ship exceeds the value of the oil it is holding and the fines for ruining the ocean when it fails?


No, it is one of those "unchecked imperialism" issues where nations have been destabilized to the point warlord and militias take over large territories, and do not work nicely with outsiders.
 
2020-06-26 3:05:56 PM  

NEDM: fragMasterFlash: You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.

This isn't going to do shiat to stop pirate attacks.  This oil tanker going up will foul up the Red Sea, and halt pretty much all marine traffic through the area, farking up international trade on a scale not seen since the damned Six Day War.  Plus, PLUS!  You know what will happen if it hits the Red Sea?  It will kill off all the fish in the area, driving more fishermen to become pirates just so they won't starve.  This thing going up will CAUSE EVEN MORE PIRATE ATTACKS!

Shut the fark up and sit the fark down.  You don't know a damned thing about what you're talking about.  For fark's sake, the pirates come from SOMALIA, not Yemen!


Is it crass of me to suggest that since we know where they're coming from, we capitalize on it and start hosting Pirate Hunting cruises/safaris? I'm thinking $2500/head, and you have to supply your own ammo. In turn, you get a 4 day fun-filled cruise off the coast of Somalia, killing pirates by day, partying by night.
 
2020-06-26 3:05:58 PM  
Yumpin' Yemini!
 
2020-06-26 3:07:17 PM  
Foul, fowl. You know what I ment.
 
2020-06-26 3:11:30 PM  

Isitoveryet: I had an idea to make floating oil containment barriers out of ducks and various water foul but realized some people might have a problem with that and decided surrounding the oil with a pool of vinegar might work.


Don't worry- the global warming deniers are right onto that solution already!

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2020-06-26 3:11:41 PM  
We and the Saudis have been killing the rebels since Obama.   They are sick and tired of this genocide.   Now they are getting a little international attention again ... albeit negative attention.   Just do not forget who the bad guys are here.

Didn't anyone watch Star Trek?   Terrorist and freedom fighters, depending on who you ask.
 
2020-06-26 3:11:43 PM  
Give the government of Yemen 48 hours to solve the problem.  If they don't, nuke the entire country, and set a nuke off right on top of the oil tanker.  I bet if the entire thing gets turned in to white hot plasma in less than a second, oil won't get into the ocean.  Problem solved.
 
2020-06-26 3:14:36 PM  

Kit Fister: NEDM: fragMasterFlash: You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.

This isn't going to do shiat to stop pirate attacks.  This oil tanker going up will foul up the Red Sea, and halt pretty much all marine traffic through the area, farking up international trade on a scale not seen since the damned Six Day War.  Plus, PLUS!  You know what will happen if it hits the Red Sea?  It will kill off all the fish in the area, driving more fishermen to become pirates just so they won't starve.  This thing going up will CAUSE EVEN MORE PIRATE ATTACKS!

Shut the fark up and sit the fark down.  You don't know a damned thing about what you're talking about.  For fark's sake, the pirates come from SOMALIA, not Yemen!

Is it crass of me to suggest that since we know where they're coming from, we capitalize on it and start hosting Pirate Hunting cruises/safaris? I'm thinking $2500/head, and you have to supply your own ammo. In turn, you get a 4 day fun-filled cruise off the coast of Somalia, killing pirates by day, partying by night.


Uhhh...You'd have a ship full of armed psychopaths who think shooting people is fun.  I'd be rooting for the anti-ship missiles.
 
2020-06-26 3:14:53 PM  

Stud Gerbil: We and the Saudis have been killing the rebels since Obama.   They are sick and tired of this genocide.   Now they are getting a little international attention again ... albeit negative attention.   Just do not forget who the bad guys are here.

Didn't anyone watch Star Trek?   Terrorist and freedom fighters, depending on who you ask.


They're also holding a gun to their own heads.  If they let this tanker go, it will fark over Yemen as hard as everyone else.  Yemeni fishermen will get it the worst.
 
2020-06-26 3:14:57 PM  
For some reason when I read subbys headline, it was to the tune of Helpless by Neil Young.
 
2020-06-26 3:16:13 PM  

Do you know the way to Mordor: Isitoveryet: I had an idea to make floating oil containment barriers out of ducks and various water foul but realized some people might have a problem with that and decided surrounding the oil with a pool of vinegar might work.

Don't worry- the global warming deniers are right onto that solution already!

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So, what you're saying is that we need a TUMS the size of the Moon to slam into the oceans? ON IT!
 
2020-06-26 3:16:54 PM  
If it's not ruining the view from Mar-A-Lago when I visit there next weekend, who cars?
 
2020-06-26 3:16:58 PM  
I'm at 1000 feet above sea level and thousands of miles away. Not a damn thing I can do about it either way. Guess it sucks so pile it in the "well that sucks" pile. Try not to let it tip over.
 
2020-06-26 3:17:19 PM  

Explodo: Kit Fister: NEDM: fragMasterFlash: You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.

This isn't going to do shiat to stop pirate attacks.  This oil tanker going up will foul up the Red Sea, and halt pretty much all marine traffic through the area, farking up international trade on a scale not seen since the damned Six Day War.  Plus, PLUS!  You know what will happen if it hits the Red Sea?  It will kill off all the fish in the area, driving more fishermen to become pirates just so they won't starve.  This thing going up will CAUSE EVEN MORE PIRATE ATTACKS!

Shut the fark up and sit the fark down.  You don't know a damned thing about what you're talking about.  For fark's sake, the pirates come from SOMALIA, not Yemen!

Is it crass of me to suggest that since we know where they're coming from, we capitalize on it and start hosting Pirate Hunting cruises/safaris? I'm thinking $2500/head, and you have to supply your own ammo. In turn, you get a 4 day fun-filled cruise off the coast of Somalia, killing pirates by day, partying by night.

Uhhh...You'd have a ship full of armed psychopaths who think shooting people is fun.  I'd be rooting for the anti-ship missiles.


you'll note I said nothing about providing any sort of body armor or protection for the ship.
 
2020-06-26 3:18:17 PM  
So would blowing it up prevent an oil spill, or would the effect be similar to that time Oregon tried to blow up a whale?
 
2020-06-26 3:20:16 PM  

fragMasterFlash: You mean it might foul up ports in Yemen where pirate attacks launch from, greatly impacting their ability to launch further attacks? Pity that, mmhmm.


It'll make its way practically around the world. Why wasn't it taken care of before now?!
 
2020-06-26 3:20:34 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Stupid question: how hard would it be to surround the ship with oil spill containment booms?


When a heavily-armed group is trying to prevent your doing so? Pretty hard.
 
2020-06-26 3:22:22 PM  

lolmao500: The US navy should be going there and take it right now. Or the saudi navy or the iranian navy or the chinese navy... anybody really.

Where the fark is the UN?


Given that the Houthis see the hulk as their "nuclear deterrent," it's not a stretch of the imagination to suspect that it's rigged with quite a few explosives.
 
2020-06-26 3:23:10 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Give the government of Yemen 48 hours to solve the problem.  If they don't, nuke the entire country, and set a nuke off right on top of the oil tanker.  I bet if the entire thing gets turned in to white hot plasma in less than a second, oil won't get into the ocean.  Problem solved.


you obviously don't science
 
2020-06-26 3:24:15 PM  
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2020-06-26 3:26:31 PM  

baorao: Is this one of those "unchecked capitalism" issues where the market has decided that the cost of recovering the ship exceeds the value of the oil it is holding and the fines for ruining the ocean when it fails?


apparently fark ate my comment, let me repost it then


I'll be specific, since 6+ are smarting this:  No.  That is utterly incorrect.The company who owns the ship WANTS to recover it.  However, they're the state-owned Yemeni oil company, from the Yemeni government that the Houthis are rebelling against.  And the Houthis have made it explicitly clear that they like having a doomsday weapon at their disposal.  They have the weapons to stave off any attempt to recover the ship, and they are willing to attack anyone who tries.

Unless you want to stage an invasion to take control of the area so you can make the ship seaworthy and then pull it out of range of the antiship missiles the Houthis have proven they have?
 
2020-06-26 3:28:25 PM  

sinko swimo: AmbassadorBooze: Give the government of Yemen 48 hours to solve the problem.  If they don't, nuke the entire country, and set a nuke off right on top of the oil tanker.  I bet if the entire thing gets turned in to white hot plasma in less than a second, oil won't get into the ocean.  Problem solved.

you obviously don't science


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2020-06-26 3:30:49 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Give the government of Yemen 48 hours to solve the problem.  If they don't, nuke the entire country, and set a nuke off right on top of the oil tanker.  I bet if the entire thing gets turned in to white hot plasma in less than a second, oil won't get into the ocean.  Problem solved.


You are thinking too small. The "government" of Yemen already lost their civil war, this is a product of Saudi and American refusal to acknowledge this.

The answer, then, is clearly to put to death every Saudi and US government official of every level, and then execute anyone who favors oil extraction.

I'm saddened by your lack of ambition and vision im this matter. You call for an inappropriately small culling.
 
2020-06-26 3:33:47 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Stupid question: how hard would it be to surround the ship with oil spill containment booms?


There are large ocean going booms, but they are still susceptible to winds and waves, and sunlight degradation, and by no means a magic solution.  It would be fairly straightforward to surround the vessel in semi sheltered waters, but much more difficult in the open ocean.  Boom also requires monitoring to ensure it is properly placed and anchored, and really does not do a great deal without some type of oil recovery system (skimmers, pumps, etc) to recover the spilled oil.
 
2020-06-26 3:34:06 PM  
Just tow it beyond the environment before the front falls off.
 
2020-06-26 3:38:05 PM  
Just kill the damn rebels already.
 
Oak [BareFark]
2020-06-26 3:39:04 PM  

lolmao500: The US navy should be going there and take it right now. Or the saudi navy or the iranian navy or the chinese navy... anybody really.

Where the fark is the UN?


They're drafting their letter, even as we speak.
 
2020-06-26 3:41:58 PM  
Quick, someone call the Blue Marlin!

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But seriously this thing can MOVE some stuff.

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Like. A lot of stuff.

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Seriously. Someone get ahold of this thing and get it moving toward Yemen. It can just pick the freaking oil tanker up and take it somewhere to dry dock.
 
2020-06-26 3:43:23 PM  
If the USA hasn't already sent one of its carrier fleets to tow this thing and empty out the oil, then what the farking fark is the USA's gigantic carrier fleet farking for?

For that matter, why hasn't Russia, or England, or France sent one of their fleets out there to secure the oil and tow the ship to harbour?

But since the USA has been bombing the shiat out of Yemen for years, why isn't the USA just capturing the thing? Are they such pussies that they won't take responsibility for the mess they made in Yemen?
 
2020-06-26 3:44:55 PM  

Some Farking Lurker: They're threatening the UN with an ecological bomb that will go off at some undetermined point in the near future.

Offer the current rebel leaders 70% of the value of the oil to walk away peacefully.
If they refuse, take out the leaders with drone strikes, and offer the new leadership 60% of the value of the oil.


And the people who'll suffer for it are... them and their families, along with everyone else in their communities.  Yemen is already experiencing severe food shortages.  Making fishing impossible is sure to help the situation.  And I'm sure the other countries on the Red Sea will be thrilled.

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2020-06-26 3:45:05 PM  
I've seen this movie.. It did not end well..
 
2020-06-26 3:45:45 PM  
Is it not possible to pump most of the oil into a ship that isn't sinking?  Would the be too dangerous?  I bet some local guys would do it for the right price.
 
2020-06-26 3:48:19 PM  

NEDM: baorao: Is this one of those "unchecked capitalism" issues where the market has decided that the cost of recovering the ship exceeds the value of the oil it is holding and the fines for ruining the ocean when it fails?

The heavily armed rebels who have potent anti-ship missiles that control the coast where it is are the problem, not some vague "the market has decided" bullcrap.


fair enough. I guess I am now conditioned to assume the "worst possible decision for the dumbest possible reasons" in these types of matters.
 
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