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.
"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.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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