domingo, 19 de abril de 2009
Phosphate plunder continues
23 of March 2009, the vessel Apisara Naree discharged 12.600 tonnes of phosphates in the port of Baranquilla, Colombia.
It had taken the vessel ten days to cross the Atlantic from the port of origin, El Aaiun in Western Sahara.
A Thai owned, Danish operated vessel has recently arrived Colombia with phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco, and trading phosphates from the territory, in the disregard of the Sahrawi people's interest and wishes is both considered highly unethical as well as in violation of international law.
The shipment took place without the consent of representatives of the Sahrawi people.
The Danish government encourages Danish companies to not get involved in trade from Western Sahara, but still the vessel Apisara Naree is operated by a Danish shipping company, Clipper Bulk, part of the Clipper Group.
Apisara Naree has IMO number 9127045, and sails under Thai flag. Owner is Precious Shipping from Thailand.
Previously the vessels discharging in Colombia have also discharged in Venezuela. It is not known whether this was the case with Apisara Naree.