29 million to Colombia
A new vessel has just discharged phosphates from occupied Western Sahara in Colombia. The country has so far this year imported illegally mined phosphates for 29 million USD.
Published 10 August 2008

The bulk vessel 'DD Vigor' arrived the harbour city of Baranquilla, Colombia, on 23rd of July 2008, discharging 14.700 tonnes of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. This is the 5th phosphate shipment that the Latin American country has received from Western Sahara this year.

So far in 2008, Colombia has received 72800 tonnes of phosphate. With today's phosphate price at 400 dollars/tonne, Colombia has imported for 29 million dollars.

This amount is approximately the same as all multinational humanitarian assistance given to the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria for the entire year of 2007, via UNHCR, WFP and ECHO.

Venezuela and Colombia cooperates on the imports of phosphates from Western Sahara. WSRW believes Venezuela can have imported a somewhat smaller amount than Colombia, perhaps about 48.000 tonnes (20 million USD). This comes in addition to the Colombian imports. Each vessel that discharge in Baranquilla, normally also discharge in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

These are the vessels that Colombia has received earlier this year:

25th of June: 'Danos Z' with 15.000 tonnes.

11th of April: 'Radiance' with 15.000 tonnes.

12th of February: 'Maria Oldendorff' with 13.100 tonnes.

10th of January: 'Dimitris' with 15.000 tonnes.

'DD Vigor' carries a St. Vicent and The Grenadines flag, and has IMO number 8109034.

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