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Tanker carrying disputed Kurd crude turns back

Published Tue, Jun 3, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[DUBAI] An oil tanker shipping crude from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region turned back after getting almost 200 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, amid a challenge over the shipment's legality.

The United Leadership, able to haul one million barrels, signalled that it was about five miles off Mohammedia in Morocco at about 6 pm local time on Tuesday, according to information entered by the ship's crew and captured by Coulsdon, England-based IHS Maritime.

It turned back on May 30 after getting about 190 miles west of Gibraltar, at which point it was sailing to the US Gulf. The shipment is illegal, SOMO, Iraq's oil marketing company, said on Tuesday.

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