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Oil Tanker 'Vanishes' With $100M Cargo
Kurdish ship carries crude that may legally belong to Iraq
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2014 3:19 PM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2014 3:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The US Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports. Headed for Galveston, the United Kalavyrvta was anchored at least 60 miles off-shore when it vanished from radar screens. The ship's haul fell under legal dispute when Iraq filed a lawsuit in US courts, urging American officials to grab the ship's oil in Galveston because it belongs to Iraq, not the Kurdish National Government. But Kurds say it's theirs, and insist they need oil-export dollars to survive and fund their future independence, the Washington Post reports.

In any case, a US court denied the lawsuit Monday because America has no jurisdiction over ships more than 60 miles off the coast. Meanwhile, the United Kalavyrvta may have moved beyond US antennas or could be suffering technical problems, the US Coast Guard says (or maybe it "voluntarily switched off its transmitter," says the Daily News). It's not unusual for ships to vanish from radar systems when transporting disputed oil, Reuters notes: A few days ago, a Kamari ship with Kurdish oil "went dark" near Egypt's Sinai and turned up near Israel two days later, its oil gone.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 31, 2014 10:15 PM CDT
Probably a conspiracy of the World Hummer Owners Association
CommentsOnArticles
Aug 31, 2014 3:43 PM CDT
The headline, "Oil Tanker 'Vanishes' With $100 Million Cargo", implies that this oil tanker disappeared into thin air. Such an event would require circumventing one or more of the laws of physics, which would be an impossible thing to do. One way to appropriately phrase the headline would be, "Oil Tanker With $100 Million Cargo Vanishes From Radar Screen". Say what you mean, and, mean what you say, Neal Colgrass!!
drew7282
Aug 31, 2014 1:24 PM CDT
Convenience, I wouldn't call it a mystery. It will come out in couple of days but emptied.