Iraq Blacklists Tankers Transporting Kurdish Crude Oil

By Dmitry Zhdannikov (Reuters) Iraqi state oil firm SOMO has blacklisted three tankers involved in shipping crude from Kurdistan, stepping up pressure on the semi-autonomous region amid tense talks on sharing oil revenue. Kurdistan has been exporting crude independently via Turkey since mid-2015 after saying Baghdad had failed to respect an oil revenue-sharing deal and … [Read more...]

Tanker Carrying Kurdish Oil Leaves U.S. After 6-Month Legal Dispute

HOUSTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - After being stuck in legal limbo for six months, a tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude headed east on Tuesday to leave U.S. waters after Baghdad and the Kurds reached a deal to share oil revenue. The United Kalavrvta tanker, which had been anchored in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico since July, was headed across the Atlantic to … [Read more...]

Tanker Carrying Disputed Oil On the Move Off Texas

HOUSTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - An oil tanker off the coast of Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has pulled its anchor from the water and set sail for the first time since entering the Gulf of Mexico in July, satellite tracking showed on Wednesday. As a tussle over the cargo between Baghdad and the Kurds enters its third month, the United Kalavrvta … [Read more...]

Kurdish Oil Tanker Reappears Off Texas Still Full of Oil

HOUSTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - 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 … [Read more...]

Tanker Carrying Disputed Kurdish Oil Still Off Texas – Operator

By Harry R. Weber and Laurel Calkins Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil remains off Texas, according to the vessel’s operator. The United Kalavryta, which left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23 and arrived off the coast of Galveston July 26, couldn’t be detected earlier this week, with no updates from the tanker’s Automated … [Read more...]