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Oil tanker ‘vanishes’ with $100M cargo off Texas

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The U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. antennas or could be suffering technical problems, the U.S. 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.


9 Comments on "Oil tanker ‘vanishes’ with $100M cargo off Texas"

  1. Plantagenet on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 11:34 am 

    I’m not surprised that the Obama administration has “lost” the tanker full of Kurdish crude. No doubt it will turn up again after it offloads the oil at a refinery. wink wink nudge nudge.

  2. ghung on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 11:37 am 

    “It’s not unusual for ships to vanish from radar systems when transporting disputed oil

    Cloaking device? The only way a ship that size ‘vanishes from radar’ for long is it sinks, or someone turned the radar off.

  3. Norm on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 12:29 pm 

    Obama stole the oil. He used it to grease the wheels on the presidential helicopter. It’s all his fault, cause he was born in Kenya, and he’s opposed to 9 year olds with machine guns.

  4. baptised on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 1:19 pm 

    Who is watching who? Turned off radar, the ships or USAs?

  5. surf on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 4:51 pm 

    There are two types of radar. One type a radio pulse is sent out and a receiver looks for a reflection (The military uses this type). The radar used by aircraft and the shipping industry relies on transceivers.

    Transceiver radars send out a radio pulse but don’t look for a reflection. Instead the pulse is detected by the transceiver on the ship and then the transponder sends out a radio signal with its ID and GPS location. Transceiver radars are a lot cheeper, has significantly longer detection range, uses a lot less power, and the location, and velocity information is more accurate. if the ship doesn’t want to be seen all they have to do is turn off the transponder.

    Ships are not required to keep the transponder on all the time when in international water. In fact they frequently turn them off to make it harder for pirates to find the ship.

    In all likely hood the owner of the ship found a new customer for the oil rather than waiting for the court case to be resolved. Then told the captain to leave the area. When they did they shut off the transponder then failed to inform the coast guard. There might not have been a requirement for the captain to inform the coast guard when they are leaving.

  6. Makati1 on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 7:37 pm 

    It is the same place the Malaysian airliner went. Into CIA oblivion. Ditto for the info on the latest airliner downing in Ukraine.

    They (CIA) know where that oil went. With well over 1,000 US satellites in orbit, nothing is out of sight or ‘lost’. Certainly nothing as large as an oil tanker.

  7. baptised on Sun, 31st Aug 2014 9:51 pm 

    The CIA and all the other *** know exactly where that ship went.

  8. rockman on Mon, 1st Sep 2014 9:35 am 

    Great news…I found the tanker!!! It was hidden in the same place so many folks store their common sense. Always the last place you look, eh? LOL.

  9. Keith_McClary on Mon, 1st Sep 2014 10:44 pm 

    How hard would it be to do a little book-keeping magic to convert Kurdish oil to some other nationality? This sort of thing must have happened before.

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