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Published: 16.09 - 2007 19:23Printer version    
Colombia: illegal phosphate imports

Colombia is one of the biggest importers of Western Saharan phosphates.

During the first four months of 2010, the Colombian port of Baranquilla has received 2 shipments of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.

- 4 February 2010: the vesseld 'Infinite Wisdom' discharged 12.000 tonnes of phosphate rock. The vessel carries Panama flag, has IMO number 9276949, and is owned and managed by Well Shipmanagement & Maritime Consultant, Taiwan.

- 28 March 2010: 'Baku' unloads 13.500 tonnes. She is managed and owned by the Turkish firm Deval Shipping and Trading. The vessel has IMO number 8811390 and is Turkish flagged.

To our knowledge, Colombia received the following illegal phosphate cargos in 2008:

- 11th of October: the vessel ‘Ansac Spirit’ discharged 16.000 tonnes in Baranquilla harbour

- 23rd of July: the 'DD Vigor' unloaded 14.700 tonnes in Baranquilla harbour

- 25th of June: the 'Danos Z' unloaded 15.000 tonnes

- 11th of April: the vessel ‘Radiance’ discharged 15.000 tonnes

- 12th of February: 'Maria Oldendorff' with 13.100 tonnes

- 10th of January: ‘Dimitris' with 15.000 tonnes

At an international price of about 400 US $ per ton, the total amount of money paid for these shipments is higher than the humanitarian assistance given to the Saharawi refugees in Algeria in the entire year of 2007, via UNHCR, WFP and ECHO.




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