MMS tries again

A Greek tanker owner has loaded the second shipment of Kurdish-controlled crude from Iraq in a move that could lead to legal action.

Reuters cited state sources as saying the 162,000-dwt United Emblem (built 2010) sailed from the Turkish port of Ceyhan with 1m barrels of oil on Monday.

AIS data shows it heading west from Turkey on Tuesday afternoon while awaiting orders.

It is operated by Marine Management Services (MMS), which also controls the 159,000-dwt United Leadership (built 2005), the first tanker to load crude from the semi-autonomous region last month. No buyer has yet been found.

"What happened in my view was the biggest mistake that has been made by the Kurds and the Turks...and the Iraqi government will take severe measures," Iraqi oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi told a news briefing in Vienna.

The government intends to sue the Turkish state and Turkish state-owned pipeline operator Botas.

United Leadership was turned away from Morocco last week and remains off the African coast.