The construction of the rig ship 'Atwood Achiever' is finished at the shipyard in South Korea. The vessel has during the last 24 hours been testing off the coast of Korea.
In few weeks, the vessel is planned to travel from South Korea towards occupied Western Sahara, where the first drilling in the territory is about to commence later this year, despite the UN stating it would be in violation of international law.
During the test voyage, the vessel did up to 12.6 knots speed. The rig ship is owned by the company Atwood Oceanics.
The photo below is taken in Boujdour, close to where the drilling on the Boujdour offshore block will take place. The people of Western Sahara object to the planned plunder.
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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.