The French owned bulk vessel 'Tenor' has in September completed a big shipment to New Zealand of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara. French organisation urges company to halt further transports from the territory.
The trade of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara is in violation of international law.
Yet, the phospahte vessel 'Tenor' has just completed a shipment to New Zealand from occupied Western Sahara.
The vessel made its first stop in Lyttleton on 7 Sept 2010, continuing towards Napier on the 9 Sept, and stopping over from 14 to 15 Sept 2010 in Tauranga.
The vessel's arrival to New Zealand was caught on camera and published in latest issue of the newsletter Maritime Press Clippings (25. Sept 2010).
"A number of shipping firms have decided to stop their transports from Western Sahara after have been made aware od the political and ethical implications of the trade. We urge to your firm to show social responsability and ethics by following this example, and halt all transports of phosphates and other natural resources from occupied Western Sahara", stated French solidarity organisation APSO in a letter to the shipowners in Setaf Saget today.
'Tenor' has IMO number 9490686, and can probably carry up to 54.000 tonnes of cargo.
She has Maltese flag, and is in the fleet of the French shipping company Setaf Saget in Suresnes.
Importer on New Zealand is Ballance Agri-Nutrients.
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