Florida imports Western Sahara phosphate

The Florida based fertilizer producer, Mosaic, received a shipment from occupied Western Sahara on January 11th 2008.
Published: 19.01 - 2008 12:27Printer version    
A vessel called Silverstar (with IMO number 9194880 and call sign 3FBL9) docked in Tampa, Florida, at the Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Tampaplex Terminal Wharves on January 11th 2008.

The Panama flagged vessel contained phosphate from occupied Western Sahara.

The agent was Nova International Shipping Services. The owner of the boat is Oceanbond Shipping Company Ltd, while the operator is Seastar Chartering Ltd Liberia.

Seastar Chartering is a Greek based company, address:  6, Rizariou Str, Seastar Hse, Halandri, Athens 152 33 Greece, Tel:  2106850800-1,2106844424,2106834056,2106823929, according to this page.

39% of the shares in Seastar Chartering was in April 2007 owned by the Israeli company Kamor Ltd.

The photo of the vessel above was taken by Rogéiro Cordeiro in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 8 of August 2007.




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