COURT ORDER: US Marshals detain Maltese tanker in Philadelphia

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The United States (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, according to Reuters, quoting the Federal  agency.

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

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

A Royal Dutch Shell spokesman reportedly confirmed that the tanker was a  company-chartered vessel but said that 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.

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

PSARA Energy and Shell, according to Reuters, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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