A Turkey owned vessel is now transporting phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
Name of vessel: Cake
Type of ship: Bulk Carrier
IMO registration number: 9353216
Call sign: 9HXS8
She was observed in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, on 24th of April 2008, from where she continued to Las Palmas for bunkering.
The vessel continues with its illegal shipment from Western Sahara to New Zealand, where she is to arrive the port of Lyttleton, end of May 2008.
Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco, and the Moroccan plundering of phosphates in violation of the local population's interests and wishes is in violation of international law.
The group owner, shipmanager and operator of the vessel are Geden Lines from Turkey. Registered owner: Cake Shipping Ltd on Malta.
The pressure is mounting on the New Zealand importers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. Today protesters in Christchurch erected roadblocks to stop trucks from transporting the conflict minerals into the local Ravensdown fertiliser factory.
While other companies internationally have managed to find alternative sources of phosphate - and in spite of a request of the New Zealand government that they do the same - the Kiwi fertilizer industry seems unwilling to drop its imports from occupied Western Sahara.
A Japanese-Canadian vessel that transported conflict phosphate from occupied Western Sahara was yesterday received by a floating protest in New Zealand.
This morning, the New Zealand Rail and Maritime Transport Union issued a statement saying that they will "consider our options around refusing to berth the ship" if phosphate importer Ravensdown does not allow port workers to register their protest with the captain of the ship.