By Patrick M Schmidt.
Despite a ruling yesterday that allowed United States Marshals to seize Kurdish oil onboard the United Kalavrvta, a federal judge overturned their own decision. Given the distance of the tanker from American shores, the United States Marshals could not have legally seized the cargo.
The judge instead suggested that the dispute regarding the tanker’s cargo be solved in a court in Iraq.
The United Kalavrvta contents would only be at risk of seizure if the ship came within 13 miles of the American shores. In May, one load of oil was delivered to a buyer in the United States from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Four other tankers have successfully offloaded oil shipments to Israel.