At the Spanish government owned harbour of Las Palmas today, Geo Service 1 is bunkering supplies for the illegal Moroccan oil studies offshore occupied Western Sahara. The studies take place not too far away from Spanish waters.
Today the vessel Geo Service 1 went into Las Palmas habour to bunker food supplies for the oil exploration that is going on outside occupied Western Sahara. On 19 June, the vessel will return to the Saharawi waters, where the last seismic studies are taking place before oil drilling will commence around October. The studies could take only a few weeks more.
WSRW wrote on 30 May that Kosmos Energy is undertaking the final stages of controversial seismic offshore the territory that Morocco is occupying. The UN has stated that any further oil exploration in Western Sahara would be in violation of international law, as long as its people object.
The vessel is docked at the Puertos de Las Palmas, belonging to La Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas, which in turn is one of the 28 harbour administrations part of the entity Puertos del Estado, owned by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Transport (Spanish: Ministerio de Fomento). There is an increasing concern in Spain over Morocco's oil plans in its own, Morooccan waters, adjacent to Spanish EEZ. Yet, Morocco is also exploring the waters of occupied Western Sahara, and for those activities, the Spanish government harbour in Las Palmas is used as a base for the exploration activities.
Onboard the Geo Service 1 is seen a tiny shuttle boat carrying the name of BGP Prospector - the name of the seismic vessel.
Saharawis in Western Sahara are increasingly protesting Kosmos - to great personal risk. On 13 June one man was cut with a razor blade by a Moroccan policeman for carrying a banner against Kosmos. On 15 April, 18 year old Elfayda was beaten up by police for trying to film her friends carrying a similar banner. Morocco prohibits all Saharawi organisations or political parties that raise the right to self-determination over their land or resources, as the UN is clear that they have.
Kosmos Energy's supply vessel Geo Service 1 was observed yesterday in occupied Western Sahara.
Kosmos and Cairn Energy are exploring for oil offshore Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco. This photo taken yesterday shows one of their supply vessels.
17 years of US private company engagement in exploring the oil potential of Western Sahara has come to an end.
Over the past 24 hours, WSRW has observed a resumed seabed exploration north of Dakhla, in the block operated by American oil company Kosmos Energy in collaboration with Scotland's Cairn Energy.