Dura Bulk is owned and managed by Arabella Enterprises Corporation, based in Las Palmas. The Panama-flagged vessel has been making the voyage from occupied Western Sahara to the Canary Islands for years, each time carrying a consignment of sand taken from the territory.
Sand from occupied Western Sahara is mainly used for the cement industry on the Islands, or to prop up tourist beaches. Read more about the business behind the sand imports here.
Arabella Enterprises owns at least three other vessels that have been spotted frequenting the sea-route between El Aaiun – Las Palmas, sometimes adding a stop at Setubal to the trip; the 'West Sky' (IMO: 6810201), 'Trio Vega' (IMO: 7116133) and the 'Anja Funk' (IMO: 7120720).
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.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.
Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.