British company ends activities in illegal trade of Western Sahara’s phosphate

London, June 23, 2017 (SPS) - LT Ugland shipping group of the Isle of Man announced that it will end its involvement in the trade of the phosphate rock of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco, according to the Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW).

The company LT Ugland, dependent on the United Kingdom, decided to end all its commercial activities relating to the phosphate of the occupied territories of Western Sahara. It was part of a list of “carriers of conflict,” recently published by WSRW on the companies involved in the illegal trade of Sahrawi resources.

On June 20, Lars T. Ugland, head of LT Ugland told the Norwegian economic newspaper Finansavisen that he will submit to the decision of the Court of the European Union, and “exclude Western Sahara from the zones of its activities, until the Sahrawi conflict is settled,”  according to WSRW.

Last year WSRW underlined that the ship of the society Molly Manx carried about 54,000 tons of phosphate on behalf of New Zealand’s innovative fertilizer company Ravensdown. (SPS)