The new ship, Stella Maris (IMO 9317157), arrived PCS Nitrogen's port in Louisiana on 21 December 2010 loaded with phosphates from occupied Western Sahara. She has a capacity of carrying around 50.000 tonnes of phosphate rock.
She is probably managed by Philippines shipping company Astro Shipmanagement, and owned by Kambara Kisen from Japan.
WSRW asked PCS already in 2008 to terminate its imports of phosphate rock from the occupied territory. The PCS' imports contribute to prolong the occupation of Western Sahara. The wishes of the Sahrawi people have not been taken into account by the Moroccan government in their exploitation of the valuable resource.
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.