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Kurdish Oil Tanker Reappears Off Texas Still Full of Oil

A tanker carrying disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil reappeared on satellite tracking on Monday near Texas, days after having gone silent with a $100 million cargo, but the latest vessel data showed it had not offloaded at sea. 

Kurdish Oil Tanker Reappears Off Texas Still Full of Oil

A tanker carrying disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil reappeared on satellite tracking on Monday near Texas, days after having gone silent with a $100 million cargo, but the latest vessel data showed it had not offloaded at sea. 

Kurdish Oil Tanker Reappears Off Texas Still Full of Oil
02 September 2014 - 08:51

Kurdish Oil Tanker Reappears Off Texas Still Full of Oil
A tanker carrying disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil reappeared on satellite tracking on Monday near Texas, days after having gone silent with a $100 million cargo, but the latest vessel data showed it had not offloaded at sea. 
According to AIS ship tracking data used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters, the United Kalavrvta, which has been in limbo for weeks, was still 95 percent full. Its would-be U.S. buyer has balked at taking delivery of the cargo, and Baghdad has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court saying exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are illegal. 
The KRG argues they are allowed under the Iraqi constitution. 
The vessel was anchored on Monday in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area, essentially unmoved from its previously known position. 
Vessels such as the United Kalavrvta, which are too big to enter ports near Houston, use the lightering area to transfer their cargoes to smaller ships before delivery. Baghdad has made clear it could file more legal challenges to regain control of the cargo if it comes ashore.

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