On 20 June 2009, the vessel 'Sagitta' (not the one at the photo above) arrived Colombia with 13.000 tonnes of phosphate rock from El Aaiún, in occupied Western Sahara.
The trade is in violation of international law, according to a 2002 UN legal opinion.
Sagitta (IMO number 9370109) is sailing under Antigua & Bermuda flag and is owned and managed by German shipping company Doehle. It took the vessel 11 days to travel from El Aaiun to Port of Barranquilla, where she discharged the phosphates.
Earlier in June, Western Sahara Resource Watch reported that this is the second time that Sagitta and Doehle had been involved in phosphate transports from Western Sahara, referring to the transcript below. The list shows movements in the Turkish Strait, outlining a Sagitta vessel en route from El Aaiun to Varna, Bulgaria, in March 2008.
However, the information given by WSRW at the time is incorrect. The Sagitta vessel below is not owned by Doehle.
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