The vessel Sibulk Prosperity (IMO 9426792), arrived New Orleans, USA, on 30 November 2010, containing phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.
The vessel was previously part of the Norwegian firm Eitzen Bulk Shipping A/S, part of the Norwegian-Danish shipping group Camillo-Eitzen. On 17 June 2010, however, the company Eitzen Bulk Shipping A/S was acquired by the Chilean firm Navieras Ultragas Ltda. Read statement form Camillo-Eitzen group regarding the sales.
On 23 August 2010, Eitzen Bulk Shipping announced it would change its name to U-SEA Bulk Shipping A/S.
As of mid December 2010, the vessel still appeared on the fleet list of the Danish-Norwegian shipping firm Camillo-Eitzen.
The shipment was done to the US importer PotashCorp.
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 five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.