Tanker with $100 million Iraqi oil goes missing off Texas coast
An oil tanker, United Kalavrvta, which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, worth $100 million of disputed crude oil from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has gone missing, reports say.
On Thursday, the US Coast Guard’s AIS ship tracking system could not locate the position of the United Kalavrvta tanker, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude oil, Reuters reported.
The United Kalavrvta tanker was to unload its cargo at sea, off Texas. The tanker left the Turkish port of Ceyhan in June and anchored in an area off the US port of Galveston late July. It is believed the Kalavrvta may have turned off its beacon to prevent the ship being traced. If true, it would be the latest development in an ongoing oil dispute between Kurds and Iraq.