Another Hong Kong vessel involved in plundering
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In May, the Hong Kong based company Jinhui Shipping regretted having carried out phosphate shipments from Western Shara, and said they would never do it again. Here is an other Hong Kong company caught red-handed.
Published: 21.06 - 2008 16:22Printer version    
On 11th of May, Jinhui Shipping, explained to South China Morning Post that they regretted having carried out a shipment from Western Sahara and that they never would do it again.

"Being headquartered in Asia, we confess we knew nothing about Western Sahara. We've only had this one charter ... but now that we understand the issue we will not directly contract any more business out of there," said the vice-president to SCMP.

Now, Western Sahara Resource Watch can reveal that another Hong Kong company, Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd is carrying out similar shipments. New Zealand imports the phosphates in violation of international law.

The bulk vessel, Pacific Victory (IMO number 9216975) is this week discharging phosphetes from Western Sahara in New Zealand.

She stayed in Port of Lyttleton from 19th of June to 21st of June 2008, discharging the illegally exported phosphates.

Later she will arrive in Port of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand on 24th of June 2008.
The vessel was built in 2001.

Here are the ownership details of Pacific Victory:
Group Owner: Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd, in Hong Kong
Shipmananager: Pacific Basin Shipping HK Ltd, in Hong Kong
Operator: Pacific Basin Shipping HK Ltd, in Hong Kong
Registered Owner: Caterina, in British Virgin Islands
The P & I insurance is issued by The London Steam-Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Limited.

    


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