Skip to comments.German Shipbuilder Lurssen could deliver more than 100 Patrol Boats to Saudi Arabia
Posted on 02/03/2014 11:40:19 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
According to German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, the German government is negotiating with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the delivery of more than 100 patrol boats for the Ministry of Interior. The conctract is estimated at 1.4 billion euros.
German shipbuilding company Lürssen will be in charge of assembling and delivering the patrol boats. It is reported that two types of vessels will be order should the contract be signed. No much information is available on the ship: The two types of vessels would be custom built to answer Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior specific needs and requirements.
The first rumors about the possibility of a mega-deal for the supply of patrol boats to Saudi Arabia was published by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag in February 2013.
Lürssen FPB 41 Patrol Boat. The two types of vessels would be custom built to answer Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior specific needs and requirements. Picture: Lürssen
I’m guessing these will have wooden hulls as Iran has between 30,000 and 70,000 mines. (The only safe thing to do is hit them in their warehouses. But Obama won’t be doing that. This, BTW, is whey the Saudi’s are backing the Syrian jihadis. Assad would not let them run a pipeline through Syria. That’s the whole reason for the insurrection. Once Iran goes nuclear they will mine the opening of Red Sea and the Persian Gulf and cut Kuwait and Saudi Arabia off entirely.)
The Saudis already bypassed Hormuz with a pipeline.
“The Saudis already bypassed Hormuz with a pipeline.”
It is the first stealth pipeline it is almost invisible to grounfg penetrating radar
The Yanbu’ Crude Oil Terminal was built in 1982 by Petromin and integrated into Saudi Aramco in 1984. The Saudi Aramco projects played an early and crucial role in the development of Yanbu’. In fact, the selection of Yanbu’ as a center for industrial development was closely linked to the national desire to create a strategic alternative to the Kingdom’s Arabian Gulf ports for crude oil shipment.
In 1982, two major pipelines were completed, linking the oil production facilities in the Eastern Province with Yanbu’.
One pipeline transports natural gas liquids (NGL) from gas processing facilities at Shedgum, 1,170 kilometers away. The other pipeline, 1,200 kilometers long, delivers crude oil from Abqaiq. The two pipelines, known as the East-West Pipelines, share a right-of-way and are the most advanced computer-monitored hydrocarbon pipelines ever built.
The crude oil pipeline, which is 122 centimeters in diameter, was initially able to deliver 1.85 million barrels per day (MMBPD) of raw petroleum to Yanbu’ for refining or export. Saudi Aramco subsequently expanded this capacity to 3.2 MMBPD by laying a parallel string of 142-centimeter (56-inch) pipe connected to the existing pump stations. A further pumping system expansion in late 1992 increased capacity to 4.5 MMBPD.
The crude oil terminal in Yanbu’ has 11 floating roof storage tanks each able to hold 1 million barrels plus a new 1.5 MMB tank, the largest-diameter tank in Saudi Arabia which was added in the 1992 capacity upgrade. The total storage capacity of the Crude Oil Tank Farm is 12.5 MMB.
I’m looking at the twin stacks..seems easy to special order a few boats..with only one functional stack..drop Tomahawk launch tubes inside the other one..
It looks like that’s on the Red Sea. If Iran mines the Persian Gulf they’ll also mine the Red Sea. If they do, what exactly will Saudi Arabia do to a nuclear power? (Hint, what did we do when North Korea sank the Chonan? I believe we sent a sharply worded but polite diplomatic note.)
The Red Sea is Egypt
Iran lacks the balls or the means to mine the Red Sea
“Iran lacks the balls or the means to mine the Red Sea”
When they have nukes they have the balls it takes to torpedo and sink warships because nobody will do sh*t about it. They have 30,000-70,000 mines (US Navy estimate.) What do you think they built them for?
About a year and a half ago.
Likely it has separated engine rooms.
My question is who is going to maintain these boats? The Saudi’s have a miserable record as I recall in doing any sort of ‘manual’ work. They all fancy themselves as the Captain and never the engineer.