Turkish boat transports phosphates to New Zealand

A Turkey owned vessel is now transporting phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
Published: 28.04 - 2008 12:58Printer version    
Name of vessel: Cake
Type of ship: Bulk Carrier
Built: 2007
IMO registration number: 9353216
Call sign: 9HXS8
Flag: Malta

She was observed in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, on 24th of April 2008, from where she continued to Las Palmas for bunkering.

The vessel continues with its illegal shipment from Western Sahara to New Zealand, where she is to arrive the port of Lyttleton, end of May 2008.

Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco, and the Moroccan plundering of phosphates in violation of the local population's interests and wishes is in violation of international law.

The group owner, shipmanager and operator of the vessel are Geden Lines from Turkey. Registered owner: Cake Shipping Ltd on Malta.


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