Asked FMC's Venezuelan subsidiary about Sahara imports
Western Sahara Resource Watch today asked FMC Corp’s subsidiary in Venezuela for the fourth time questions regarding its controversial imports from occupied Western Sahara. WSRW can reveal that the company might have imported twice during the last year, in spite of the mother company’s promises to investors that the imports have ended. LATEST: Tripoliven clarifies it does not import from Western Sahara.
11 January 2013, the bulk vessel 'Silverstar' arrived the port of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, with a cargo of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. The vessel has a carry capacity of 30.000 tonnes of phosphates. The graphic above shows the vessel’s route. This was the second arrival to Puerto Cabellos in 6 months. Approximately 30 July 2012, another vessel, the Panama flagged 'Super Adventure', of approximately the same size, made the same journey.
In this light, the two recent cargos to Puerto Cabello means, logically, one of the following: 1) Tripoliven has stopped importing, and another company in Puerto Cabellos has taken over the Venezuelan company’s decades long imports from Western Sahara. 2) FMC Corp does not consider Tripoliven to be one of its subsidiaries, either because the shares have been sold, or of semantic considerations. 3) There was an error in FMC Corp’s letter to the Norwegian government pension fund.
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