Caught on camera before the act

As this photo was taken, the bulk vessel Doric Victory headed directly to occupied Western Sahara to load phosphate rock.
Published: 22.08 - 2010 19:24Printer version    
doric_victory2_350.jpgOn 17 July 2010, Doric Victory docked at port in Hartlepool, UK. The photo to the right shows the vessel at the UK port. After leaving Hartlepool harbour (above), the vessel headed directly towards El Aaiun, Western Sahara, where she loaded phosphate rock on 25 July 2010.

The shipping of this phosphates was done without taking into consideration the wishes and interests of the Saharawi people. During the three weeks that the vessel was on its journey to Australia, the Sahrawi phosphate workers demonstrated on two occasions against the plunder of the resources of the territory.

On 14 August 2010, the vessel arrived at Kwinana bay, Australia, with the phosphate rock.

The customer of the cargo is the Australian firm Wesfarmers, which several European investors have blacklisted from its portfolios of ethical reasons. Wesfarmers have for a number of years purchased the phosphate rock from the Moroccan state phosphate firm operating in the occupied territory.

The shipment contributes to the violation of the Sahrawi people’s right over their natural resources. The UN Legal Counsel stated in 2002 that no natural resource activity can take place unless the local people of Western Sahara has been consulted.

Doric Victory is Greek flagged, and has IMO number 9425887. She seems to be managed by Bocimar International, Antwerp, Belgium, and owned by CMB, Antwerp Belgium.

She has capacity of carrying approximately 56.000 tonnes of phosphates.




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