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Western edition: The Danish straits may become a new place of confrontation between the West and Russia

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Western edition: The Danish straits may become a new place of confrontation between the West and Russia

Bloomberg notes that the refusal to escort Russian tankers with oil passing through the Danish straits as Danish pilots is fraught with disaster and resembles a game of Russian roulette, since it is not known when it will fire.


The Danish Straits are one of the most important world corridors for the transportation of oil and other goods. The straits connect the North and Baltic Seas and are the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean.

This narrow waterway is heavily congested with dozens of oil tankers passing through it every day. If any force majeure happens here, the already high world fuel prices will soar even higher.

Against the background of tension in the world in the area of ​​the Danish Straits, the number of warships of different countries has significantly increased.
The straits are an important corridor for the supply of Russian oil to world markets, which maintains financial stability in Russia. This, of course, does not please many Western enemies of Moscow, who would be happy to block this artery.

This water corridor is only four kilometers wide in some places. It can become a bargaining chip in the confrontation between the West and Russia, and the straits themselves can become a place for such a confrontation, Bloomberg states.

It should be remembered here that in December one of the anti-Russian measures of the EU should come into force - a ban on the provision of maritime services to all those who export oil from Russia. These restrictions could lead to tension in the Danish Straits. Unlike other places, there are frequent storms, the depth is shallow and rocky shores. Such conditions force large vessels to use the services of Danish pilots. After the introduction of restrictions, these services will not be available for Russian tankers. Of course, one can pass through the straits without the help of Danish pilots, this is fraught with an accident at any time.

Thus, in the West they want to force Russia to sell oil at low prices, and the rest of the world to buy it at these prices. Recall that the GXNUMX countries are developing a plan to limit the price of Russian oil in order to deprive Russia of windfall profits from its sale, which, in turn, helps the country to calmly resist Western sanctions.

In practice, to implement these plans of the West is not so easy. According to international law and the treaty signed in 1857, Denmark is obliged to control and ensure the safe passage of ships through the straits. However, the West has repeatedly shown that, when it is profitable for it, it turns a blind eye to international law and treaties.
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  1. SKVichyakow
    SKVichyakow 17 September 2022 16: 05
    +6
    I think Denmark itself will not want its shores to be flooded with oil.
    1. Shurik70
      Shurik70 17 September 2022 16: 19
      +4
      Yes, and a tanker flooded in shallow water will pay off a hundredfold by a jump in oil prices.
      Denmark itself is to blame for not giving a pilot. Then an American ship passed by, and the tanker's GPS went off.
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 17 September 2022 17: 27
        0
        Quote: Shurik70
        Yes, and a tanker flooded in shallow water will pay off a hundredfold by a jump in oil prices.

        And what are the consequences, after the oil spill, the fauna and flora will disappear for decades. The cities in the spill area will simply die out, all the Belts will come to an end, and all the settlements along their banks.
        1. ramzay21
          ramzay21 17 September 2022 19: 09
          +1
          There is such a device that has been on ships and vessels since the 20th century called a chartplotter; it can guide any ship through any strait, determining the location to within a few centimeters, it shows shallows and fairways and paves the way.
          1. Revolver
            Revolver 17 September 2022 20: 13
            +5
            Quote: ramzay21
            There is such a device that has been on ships and vessels since the 20th century called a chartplotter; it can guide any ship through any strait, determining the location to within a few centimeters, it shows shallows and fairways and paves the way.
            Meanwhile, ships continue to run into shallows and rocks.

            The pebble that ripped apart the side of the Costa Concordia in 2012 was not even marked on the maps. It's another matter, the captain shouldn't have come so close to the shore to get out.
            1. Region-25.rus
              Region-25.rus 18 September 2022 08: 16
              +2
              It's another matter, the captain shouldn't have come so close to the shore to get out.
              Here I am about the same. No chartplotters can level the human factor. Although ..... personally, in the mid-90s, I often went on an old dry cargo ship to the Inland Sea of ​​Japan and back through the Kammon Strait (Between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu). So there, in general, in the narrowest place, a little more than 600 m wide. And this is the width of the strait and not the fairway !!!! And the traffic there is like on Nevsky Prospekt. And they went not only without a carplotter, and even without a GPS, and without a pilot! )))
              From here this place.
          2. Region-25.rus
            Region-25.rus 18 September 2022 08: 21
            0
            which stands on ships and vessels since the 20th century
            the twentieth century began in 1900 (if anything) wassat And if in fact, then AIS was installed on my parahead only in 2005. The radars were ... used Furuno and the old Pechora. I don’t remember anything about chartplotters even at the beginning of the 21st century. I heard of course, but such devices did not melt on all ships.
            1. dSK
              dSK 18 September 2022 10: 04
              0
              Tankers are "flowers", a trial balloon.
              Everything goes to the fact that the States (NATO) will close the Danish Straits for the Russian Navy, like the Bosphorus ...
              1. Ros 56
                Ros 56 18 September 2022 12: 57
                -1
                Well, yes, well, yes, Putin did not say in vain - let them try. Their lid is broken.
          3. tihonmarine
            tihonmarine 19 September 2022 10: 08
            0
            Quote: ramzay21
            any ship through any strait, determining the location with an accuracy of several centimeters, it shows shallows and fairways and paves the way.

            That's just, from time to time ships and ships run aground, but sometimes they sink. And these accidents and incidents are no less than when there were no GPS and electronic maps.
            The sailor relaxed.
  2. yuriy55
    yuriy55 17 September 2022 16: 10
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    Western edition: The Danish straits may become a new place of confrontation between the West and Russia

    And the drops of the Danish king cannot become the reason for the confrontation between the West and Russia? belay
    There, in the West, they began to lead a way of life in which they do not shake hands with such people.
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 17 September 2022 20: 19
      0
      Quote: yuriy55
      danish king drops

      What does the outdated recipe for cough mixture have to do with it?
      1. yuriy55
        yuriy55 18 September 2022 03: 46
        0
        Quote: Nagan
        What does the outdated recipe for cough mixture have to do with it?

        No reason is required - here is a pure European pathology.
        Hence: Danish straits... drops of the Danish king...
        Do you understand? Or give ammo?
        A bit of humor:
  3. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 17 September 2022 16: 12
    +16
    Using the services of Danish pilots is advisory in nature. Yes, and many of our captains have permission to navigate the Danish Straits on their own. Captains, correct if not. We always sailed without pilots. bully
    1. isv000
      isv000 17 September 2022 18: 14
      +8
      Quote: tralflot1832
      Using the services of Danish pilots is advisory in nature. Yes, and many of our captains have permission to navigate the Danish Straits on their own. Captains, correct if not. We always sailed without pilots. bully

      yes Exactly. Our cap always passed the Skagerrak himself, and so did I, at the helm, if my watch... feel
    2. GNM
      GNM 17 September 2022 18: 53
      +2
      Using the services of Danish pilots is a recommendation

      I didn’t go to Denmark, the Finnish pilots, when they led our tanker, liked to indulge in vodka, which the barmaid brought on a tray. And the captains usually already know the fairway along which they walk.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik 17 September 2022 16: 13
    +5
    Tension will increase until it all comes to a standstill. The knot is tied.
  5. iouris
    iouris 17 September 2022 16: 14
    +5
    Translation into Russian: and the Baltic will be blocked (and the Bosphorus). War is not for you to eat lobio.
  6. Plate
    Plate 17 September 2022 16: 30
    +6
    Not quite in the subject of the article. I recalled Engels' article, although it was already outdated for 90-100 years. Something about the foreign policy of Russian tsarism. Russophobic, but a funny thought was expressed: if Russia takes the Danish and Turkish straits, it will become invincible by any means. Just sharing what came to mind.
  7. Arkady007
    Arkady007 17 September 2022 17: 15
    +1
    There is an option to run aground a couple of tankers and close this passage to everyone. Denmark will be the first to howl, followed by all the others without gas from the USA.
    1. lelik613
      lelik613 17 September 2022 17: 21
      0
      Tankers will simply not be allowed into the straits, having set the fool Greta and those who have green pisyun.
    2. Revolver
      Revolver 18 September 2022 08: 43
      0
      Quote: Arkady007
      There is an option to run aground a couple of tankers and close this passage to everyone. Denmark will be the first to howl, followed by all the others without gas from the USA.

      There is also the Kiel Canal, I don’t know about tankers and gas carriers, and the Hochseeflotte dreadnoughts used this canal in the First World War. I don’t know if there are gas terminals in Germany to the west of the straits, but if anything, they don’t delay construction for decades.
      1. Arkady007
        Arkady007 18 September 2022 09: 26
        0
        So there, in addition to the Germans, there are also Poles and other husks. Which will be forced to buy shortages from the Germans. And this is a topic for conflict within NATO. And we need it.
      2. ZAV69
        ZAV69 18 September 2022 09: 45
        0
        Dreadnought of the First World War is 20-25 thousand displacement. And the tanker is 140 thousand displacement.
  8. U-58
    U-58 17 September 2022 17: 18
    +1
    Of course, there are maritime laws and regulations.
    But the ships of the Navy somehow pass through these and all sorts of other straits.
    There are sailing directions, there is, finally, experience.
    So it doesn't seem like a big problem.
    Moreover, you can save a lot on wiring costs.
  9. man
    man 17 September 2022 17: 37
    0
    This is from the series: I'll tear out my eye, let my mother-in-law have a crooked son-in-law
  10. Vladimir Postnikov
    Vladimir Postnikov 17 September 2022 17: 42
    0
    And if a tanker with Russian oil still sits on the rocks and catches fire, then it will also be impossible to extinguish it. No Russian oil services! Otherwise, beautiful Marquise, ...
  11. Emergency
    Emergency 17 September 2022 17: 42
    0
    Better would be the Hudson or the Gulf of Mexico.
  12. maxim1987
    maxim1987 17 September 2022 18: 02
    -1
    Quote: Plate
    takes the Danish and Turkish straits, it will become invincible by any means. Just sharing what came to mind.

    what will we call if so? I propose the name of Comrade A.A. Zhdanov
  13. nordscout
    nordscout 17 September 2022 18: 41
    +1
    In response to the obviously provocative activities of Denmark, is it possible to apply adequate, in terms of impact, sanctions against it? If our "arsenal" does not have countermeasures "commensurate" with Danish ones, there remains the option of more serious and painstaking training of long-distance navigation navigators, their regular training on simulators, to overcome the Danish Strait, more serious navigation support (increase in space navigation constellation), systematic (and accelerated) hydrographic (cartographic) support (more detailed and frequent updating of marine and synoptic maps) ... It is unlikely that the situation with the EU, in all matters of mutual relations, will improve in the next 10 - 15 years ....