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US Marshals Service detains oil vessel in Philadelphia port

[NEW YORK] The US Marshals Service has blocked a Royal Dutch Shell-chartered vessel carrying up to 600,000 barrels of crude oil headed to the Monroe Energy refinery outside of Philadelphia from leaving the port in connection with a civil court order, the federal agency said.

The vessel, a Malta-flagged Aframax named Advantage Avenue, will be allowed to discharge its cargo, but not allowed to leave the port until a civil dispute originating in federal court involving a payment disagreement is resolved, according to the federal agency.

The order was brought by PSARA Energy in federal court in Pennsylvania, according to a PSARA local attorney.

A Royal Dutch Shell spokesman confirmed that it was a company-chartered vessel but said it was not involved in the payment dispute.

The ship is carrying crude oil that was loaded in Wilhemshaven, Germany, according to a source familiar with the plant's operations along with Reuters Eikon shipping data.

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The case involves "multiple defendants", according to the local attorney, who referred all other questions to the company.

PSARA Energy and Shell could not be immediately reached for comment.


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