Tanker reappears

A Greek-owned tanker carrying a disputed cargo of Kurdish oil from Iraq has reappeared on satellite tracking systems near Texas.
United Kalavrvta

United Kalavrvta

According to AIS ship tracking data, the 159,000-dwt United Kalavryta (built 2005) remains 95% full.

The $100m cargo on the Marine Management Services’ (MMS) tanker has been at the centre of a legal dispute between Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

Iraq accuses KRG of illegally exporting the oil and loading it on to the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker.

Last week, a US court threw out the Iraqi application to seize the cargo.

The dispute has kept the suezmax in limbo off the Texas coast for more than a month.

Its position had not been updated since last Tuesday.

Due to the ongoing legal battle, the buyer of the cargo has balked at taking delivery, while Malaysian tanker owner AET has repeatedly denied conducting lightering operations.

TradeWinds' efforts to contact MMS for a comment were unsuccessful by the time of writing.