The Panama flagged bulk vessel 'Sunny Pescadores' arrived on 3 November 2009 the Colombian port of Baranquilla, with 12000 tonnes of phosphate rock from Western Sahara.
By continuing its imports of phosphate rock from Western Sahara, the Colombian firm is supporting the Moroccan occupation of the territory. The trade is furthermore in violation of international law, as summarised by the UN in 2002.
As the vessel has DWT of 12.536, it is unlikely that she stopped over in Venezuela, as several of the Colombia destined vessels do.
Sunny Pescadores' IMO number is 9305946, and the local agent was, as always, Bulk Maritime Agencies Ltda. The vessel is managed and owned by Shih Wei Navigation, Taiwan.
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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