New vessel to PCS
The leading importer of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara, US/Canadian firm PCS, has received yet another vessel.
Published: 01.01 - 2011 15:50Printer version    
The new ship, Stella Maris (IMO 9317157), arrived PCS Nitrogen's port in Louisiana on 21 December 2010 loaded with phosphates from occupied Western Sahara. She has a capacity of carrying around 50.000 tonnes of phosphate rock.

She is probably managed by Philippines shipping company Astro Shipmanagement, and owned by Kambara Kisen from Japan.

Astro was also behind a shipment to Ravensdown, New Zealand in 2010, and to a shipment to Ballance Agri-Nutrients, also in New Zealand, in 2008.

WSRW asked PCS already in 2008 to terminate its imports of phosphate rock from the occupied territory. The PCS' imports contribute to prolong the occupation of Western Sahara. The wishes of the Sahrawi people have not been taken into account by the Moroccan government in their exploitation of the valuable resource.



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