Vessel Full Spring (IMO number 9064451) arrived 9 October 2009 New Orleans with phosphate from occupied Western Sahara, arriving at PCS Nitrogen dock. On 12 October 2009, she was still in Baton Rouge, discharging the cargo. Full City is Hong Kong flagged, and owned by the shipping company Cosco HK. Cosco has previously also done a number of similar shipments from Western Sahara.
Full Spring is a large dry-bulk carrier, with a cargo capacity of over 60.000 tonnes of phosphates. PCS is the largest single phosphate importer from Western Sahara.
Last month, a somewhat smaller shipment was done to the Colombian importer Monomeros.
The Thai flagged carrier Dusita Naree (IMO number 9127071) arrived 7 september 2009 Baranquilla, Colombia, with 15225 tonnes of phosphates from El Aaiun. Dusita Naree is managed/owned by Precious Shipping, Thailand.
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.