South Korea To Send Navy Unit To Guard Oil Shipping In Strait Of Hormuz

South Korea To Send Navy Unit To Guard Oil Shipping In Strait Of Hormuz
By Tsvetana Paraskova - Jul 29, 2019, 11:00 AM CDT

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One of Asia’s key oil importers, South Korea, is preparing to send a naval unit, including a destroyer, to the Strait of Hormuz to help protect free tanker movement through the crucial oil transit point in the Middle East, South Korea’s Maekyung business newspaper reported on Monday.

South Korea has decided to deploy its anti-piracy unit Cheonghae, currently in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, to the Strait of Hormuz, where the naval unit could be joined by helicopters, according to a senior South Korean government official who spoke to the Maekyung newspaper.

The Strait of Hormuz is the most important oil chokepoint in the world with daily oil flows averaging 21 million bpd, or the equivalent of 21 percent of global petroleum liquids consumption. According to EIA estimates, 76 percent of the crude oil and condensate that moved through the Strait of Hormuz last year went to Asian markets, with China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore the top destinations.

Several high-profile incidents in recent weeks and months have raised the tensions between Iran and the West in the Middle East, the latest being Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker earlier this month, in what appears to be in retaliation for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker by Gibraltar, with the help of the UK Royal Marines, in the beginning of July.

South Korea is exploring various way to protect its ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters quoted deputy ministry spokesman Ro Jae-cheon as saying at a press conference on Monday.

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Khalid al-Falih, the energy minister of the world’s largest crude oil exporter and OPEC’s biggest producer, Saudi Arabia, urged last week countries buying crude oil to secure the free navigation of tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.  

Also last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with FOX News, referring to international efforts to secure free tanker navigation in the Strait of Hormuz:

“We’ve asked the Brits, the French, the Germans, the Norwegians, the Japanese, the South Koreans, the Australians – I’m sure I missed a few.  Every country that has an interest in ensuring that those waterways are open and crude oil and other products can flow through the Straits of Hormuz needs to participate to protect not only their own interests, but the fundamental understanding of free and open waterways.”  

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

韩国派遣海军部队在霍尔木兹海峡保卫石油运输
作者:Tsvetana Paraskova  -  2019年7月29日,上午11:00 CDT

据韩国Maekyung商业报在星期一报道,韩国的一个主要石油进口国韩国准备向霍尔木兹海峡派遣一个包括驱逐舰在内的海军部队,以帮助保护通过中东关键的石油运输点的自由油轮运输。

韩国政府高级官员表示,韩国决定将目前在索马里关闭的亚丁湾的反海盗部队清海部署到霍尔木兹海峡,该海军部队可以通过直升机加入海军部队。

霍尔木兹海峡是世界上最重要的石油交汇点,日均石油流量平均为2100万桶/天,相当于全球石油液体消耗量的21%。据EIA估计,去年通过霍尔木兹海峡的原油和凝析油中有76%流向亚洲市场,中国,印度,日本,韩国和新加坡是最受欢迎的目的地。

最近几周和几个月发生的一些引人注目的事件引发了伊朗与西方之间在中东地区的紧张关系,最近一次是伊朗在本月早些时候缉获了一艘英国国旗的油轮,似乎是为了报复缉获事件。 7月初,在英国皇家海军陆战队的帮助下,在直布罗陀扣押一艘伊朗油轮。

路透社援引副部长发言人Ro Jae-cheon周一在新闻发布会上说,韩国正在探索各种方式来保护霍尔木兹海峡的船只。

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世界最大原油出口国能源部长哈立德·法利赫(Khalid al-Falih)和欧佩克最大的石油生产国沙特阿拉伯上周敦促各国购买原油以确保霍尔木兹海峡油轮的自由航行。
同样在上周,美国国务卿迈克庞培在接受福克斯新闻采访时说,他提到国际上为在霍尔木兹海峡确保免费油轮航行的努力:
“我们问过英国人,法国人,德国人,挪威人,日本人,韩国人,澳大利亚人 - 我确信我错过了一些。每个有兴趣确保这些水道畅通,原油和其他产品可以流经霍尔木兹海峡的国家都需要参与,不仅要保护自己的利益,还要保护对自由开放水道的基本认识。“