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This photo, taken in Port of Lyttleton, New Zealand on June 20th, shows the vessel Pacific Victory offloading phosphates from occupied Western Sahara. 
Read also: Another Hong Kong vessel involved in plundering.

Published 01 July 2008

Read also: Another Hong Kong vessel involved in plundering.
Photo: Wayne A'Court/


The bulk vessel Pacific Victory (IMO number 9216975) last week discharged phosphates from occupied Western Sahara in New Zealand.

She stayed in Port of Lyttleton from 19th of June to 21st of June 2008, discharging the illegally exported minerals. The photo was taken on June 20th. Click on photo for full version. 

Later she arrived in Port of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand on 24th of June 2008, where from she departed on 26th of June. 

The Hong Kong vessel -owned by Pacific Basin- is discovered only a few weeks after another Hong Kong shipping company, Jinhui Shipping, declared it will not again be involved in this kinds of shipments.

WSRW first wrote about the vessel on June 21st. 

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