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    Disputed Kurdish Oil Tanker Disappears Off Texas Coast

    HOUSTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) - A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds.

    The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters on Thursday showed no known position for the United Kalavrvta, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude and 95 percent full when it went dark.

    Several other tankers carrying disputed crude from Iran or Iraqi Kurdistan have unloaded cargoes after switching off their transponders, which makes their movements hard to track.

    Days ago, the partially full Kamari tanker carrying Kurdish crude disappeared from satellite tracking north of Egypt's Sinai. It reappeared empty two days later near Israel.

    And in late July, the tanker United Emblem offloaded part of its cargo of Kurdish crude onto another ship in the South China Sea.


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    So this oil tanker has yet again disappeared. It is carrying Kurdish oil and the Iraqi government is not happy because the money will go to Kurdistan who has long dreamed using its oil as a cornerstone for their dream of independence.


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    Re: Disputed Kurdish Oil Tanker Disappears Off Texas Coast

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    So this oil tanker has yet again disappeared. It is carrying Kurdish oil and the Iraqi government is not happy because the money will go to Kurdistan who has long dreamed using its oil as a cornerstone for their dream of independence.
    Which brings up the question. Will it offload in the Ship Channel in Houston or Mexico? Those thousand feet long disappearing tankers should get their own TV magic show, don't you think?

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    Re: Disputed Kurdish Oil Tanker Disappears Off Texas Coast

    I am thinking they are offloaded to another tanker right now.

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