Yet another shipment of US gas is about to arrive to occupied Western Sahara.
The vessel Joseph Wisdom (IMO: 9806732) is scheduled to arrive in the evening of 14 July 2021 at the harbour of El Aaiún, the capital city of Western Sahara.
The ship carries LPG gas that was loaded in Philadelphia. It is the third known shipment from the USA city this year.
Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) reported on 4 June that two gas shipments from the US had arrived in the occupied territory on 5 May and on 5 June of this year.
From what WSRW has been able to identify, the trend of southern Europe exporting gas to Western Sahara in past years, has been shifted to northern Europe in 2020, with the UK as the biggest exporter.
WSRW has however not recorded any incidents of gas exports from the USA to Western Sahara before May 2021.
The vessel Joseph Wisdom is in the fleet of Wisdom Marine Group. The Taiwanese group has previously been involved in shipments of products out of Western Sahara. In 2017, Western Sahara Resource Watch sent the company a letter regarding a phosphate transport it had made to Canada, but no answer was received.
Interestingly, another vessel of the same Wisdom Group has called into the occupied territory this week. The bulk carrier Amis Ace (IMO: 9552989) has spent a few days at anchor offshore the phosphate terminal in El Aaiun. It is expected that the ship will load phosphate rock that is illegally mined by the Moroccan government in the territory, for transport to India.
Monitoring of transports of gas shipments into occupied Western Sahara, shows that the Netherlands was the most important supplier of gas for the year 2021.
In order to increase the influx of Moroccan settlers and to ‘develop’ the territory, Morocco has rolled out large infrastructure works which the Saharawi people have never asked for.
The Spanish oil companies Cepsa and Repsol continue exporting petroleum products into occupied Western Sahara.
The global match-maker of private accommodation has delisted providers in Israeli settlements and Crimea, but seem to apply different standards to similar situations of occupation. Saharawis object.