Côte d'Ivoire: Govt. says 6 now dead due to pollution dumped by ship chartered by Trafigura Beheer, 9000 struck ill - firm says it has sent experts to help clean-up
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Author: BBC News
Six people have now died from the toxic waste dumped in the biggest Ivory Coast city, Abidjan, while 9,000 have sought treatment, the government says... The waste came from the ship, the Probo Koala [owned by Prime Marine], and has been found in some 10 open-air sites around Abidjan... The company which [chartered] the ship, Trafigura Beheer BV, says it is extremely concerned and has sent oil and mining experts to Abidjan to help the authorities. It says it informed the authorities and handed over discharges from washing out its oil tanks with caustic soda - known as slops - to a certified local company, Compagnie Tommy.
Author: Alister Doyle, Reuters
Africa is especially vulnerable to a growing and ill-regulated trade in hazardous waste, experts said on Thursday... In Ivory Coast, waste from a Panamanian-registered ship, the Probo Koala, that was dumped around the lagoon-side city of Abidjan last month has killed three and made hundreds ill... Dutch-based Trafigura Beheer BV, one of the world's leading commodity traders, said it had chartered the Probo Koala and that the material was a "mixture of gasoline, water and caustic washings" after the unloading of a cargo of gasoline in Nigeria. It said the slops were handed over to a certified local waste disposal company, Tommy, along with a written request for safe disposal... By contrast with Africa, some nations in Asia are seeking to capitalise on trade in hazardous wastes, for instance by breaking up ageing ships. This also brings huge health risks.
Author: AFP, in Middle East Times
The entire government of Ivory Coast resigned late Wednesday following a toxic waste scandal in which at least three people died, including two children, and 1,500 others were poisoned... Poisonous chemicals were dumped three weeks ago on open-air garbage sites around...Abidjan... They had been unloaded from the Probo Koala, a...ship...chartered by...Trafigura [Beheer]...[which] said...that the discharge was legal and that an Ivorian company [named Tommy] had been entrusted with handling the unloaded waste. [also refers to Prime Marine]
Ivory Coast PM to form new cabinet after toxic scandal [includes comments by ship owner Prime Marine, Trafigura Beheer]
Author: Emmanuel Duparcq, AFP
The...entire cabinet [of Ivory Coast resigned Wednesday] over a pollution scandal that left three people dead and some 1,500 others poisoned... [Toxic] waste...had been unloaded from a...ship...the Probo Koala..., [owned by] Prime Marine Management, [which] confirmed a Russian crew sailing the ship chartered by...Trafigura [Beheer] had discharged toxic waste but...declined responsibility for the poisoning... It said the discharge was lawful and an Ivorian company Tommy had been entrusted with handling the waste... Seeking to clarify earlier reports, Trafigura told AFP Thursday that its wholly owned subsidiary Puma Energy group does not own or have any commercial interest in the company Tommy.