July 23, 2010

Trafigura found guilty of exporting toxic waste

Filed under: seaports — inece @ 8:55 pm

BBC reports that:

A Dutch court has found multinational Trafigura guilty of illegally exporting toxic waste from Amsterdam and concealing the nature of the cargo.

In 2006, Trafigura transported waste alleged to have been involved in the injury of thousands of people in Ivory Coast. Trafigura denied any wrongdoing.

It expressed disappointment in the ruling and is considering an appeal.

The firm was fined 1m euros (£836,894) for its ship, the Probo Koala, transiting Amsterdam with its cargo.

The ship then went on to unload its cargo in Ivory Coast.

For more details about the ruling, along with a timeline of the Trafigura incident, visit the BBC News page.

INECE’s Seaport Environmental Security Network was established to raise awareness of the issue of illegal hazardous waste trafficking through seaports and to build capacity among competent authorities at ports to detect and deter illegal shipments. See http://inece.org/seaport/ for more information

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