The vessel BBC Magellan (IMO 9569528), has undertaken salt transports from Western Sahara to Europe before. The photo above was taken at El Aaiun port on 4 February 2017, as it loaded a cargo of salt for France.
On 23 April 2017, the BBC Magellan - a cargo vessel sporting the Antigua Barbuda flag - arrived at the port of Dordrecht, the Netherlands, carrying a consignment of salt loaded in the port of El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara. The vessel departed El Aaiun on 15 April, and has sailed straight to Dordrecht.
A source at the port of Dordrecht confirmed to WSRW that the salt is purchased by De Nederlandse Zoutbank (DNZB), a privately owned company specializing in storage of de-icing salt. DNZB is in turn supplying Dutch municipalities with the conflict salt. One of them is the municipality of De Ronde Venen, which holds a supply contract with DNBZ from 2016 to 2019.
Another cargo vessel is at present on its way to the port of Dordrecht, the Albiz, and in all likelihood carries another consignment of salt, for the same client. The vessel is currently off the coast of northwestern Spain, near Santiago de Compostela. It is expected to arrive in Dordrecht on 30 April.
Salt importers from Norway and Denmark have halted all further purchases from Western Sahara due to the highly problematic nature of such imports. The Danish importer halted after the affair had caused an outcry among Danish municipalities who purchased the salt.
BBC Magellan is operated by the German shipping company BBC Chartering.
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