Victory! Estonia launches toxic tanker investigation

Feature story - 27 September, 2006
After three days of blockading the toxic tanker Probo Koala, we were pleased to hear that the Government of Estonia is investigating the ship, which is responsible for the deaths of at least 8 people in the Ivory Coast -- and the illnesses of thousands more, due to irresponsible dumping of toxic waste.

The "toxic tanker" Probo Koala, blockaded for three days by the Arctic Sunrise.

Our Toxics Campaigner Helen Perivier explains, "The Probo Koala is aninternational toxic crime scene and needs to be fully investigated toestablish the full chain of culpability which led to the tragic deadlyevents in the Ivory Coast," she said. "Only through such aninvestigation can the guilty be brought to justice and the lessonslearned in order to prevent this from happening again."  We weredelighted to hear that the Estonian Authorities are now taking suchaction.

UPDATE 15 Feb 2007:  Trafigura-Cote d’Ivoire compensation deal is travesty of justice.

Dumping the West's waste ... in Africa

Thescandal of the toxic waste dumped in the Ivory Coast first came tolight on September 6 when the first casualties were reported andprotests broke out on the streets of Abidjan against the government,which was blamed for allowing the dumping.  Despite this, theKorean-built, Greek-managed, Panamanian-flagged and Dutch-charteredtanker was allowed to sail freely …until we blocked it from leavingEstonia.

Ship's blog: Toxic Death ShipAction

Onthe basis of preliminary results it would appear that contaminationfound on the Probo Koala by the Estonian Environment Ministry issimilar to that which poisoned the Ivory Coast. Hopefully, Estonia willagree with the request of the Ivory Coast to continue to detain theProbo Koala as part of the ongoing Ivorian criminal investigation.

From one crime scene to another

TheArctic Sunrise, which took up position in Paldiski on Monday to preventthe imminent departure of the Probo Koala and branded it an "EU TOXICCRIME SCENE" will now return to the Baltic to continue its work againstpirate fishing, overfishing and for the establishment of marinereserves.

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