The photo to the right shows bulk vessel Orient Dream on its way into Risdon, Tasmania, Australia. Once arrived, it lined up to await its turn to offload the cargo (above). At time of writing, she had still not started discharging.
The vessel contains phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. The trade is in violation of international law, and highly unethical as it contributes to maintain the illegal occupation of Western Sahara.
The vessel stopped over in Cape Town, South Africa, first week of December to bunker on its way. Orient Dream is probably owned by Macsteel International Holdings BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and managed by MUR Shipping Holdings, which is the Dubai based shipping division of a joint venture company between Mittal Steel South Africa and Macsteel International Holdings B.V.
The shipment takes place only 3 months after the arrival of the vessel Christine O to the same port (video to the right).
Earlier this year saw also the arrival of the vessel Star Canopus with the same cargo.
The imports is carried out by the Australian fertiliser producer Impact Fertiliser.
Update 2 January 2011. Orient Dream is now discharging the phosphates:
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