A bulk carrier with the name 'Ipanema' on 15th of April 2009 arrived Fremantle Ports in Australia She carried phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
The cargo is probably destined for the Australian fertilizer firm Wesfarmers. Their subsidiary CSBP has been importing phosphates from Western Sahara for many years, something which has lead to Wesfarmers being black-listed by ethically concerned banks and insurance companies in Europe.
The phosphate trade is in violation of international law, and consitutes an inappropriate sign of support to the illegal and brutal Moroccan occupation of its neighbouring country to the south, Western Sahara.
Ipanema has IMO number 9445057 and is sailing under Hong Kong flag. She has the capacity of carrying a cargo of approximately 28000 tonnes of phophate rock.
The vessel is probably managed by the Japanese firm Far East Shipping & Trading, and owned by Hawk Marine, Panama.
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.
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