Dutch firm admits ship carried toxic waste

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19 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The directors of the Dutch company Trafigura have denied legal responsibility for the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast and the resulting ten deaths.

19 October 2006

AMSTERDAM — The directors of the Dutch company Trafigura have denied legal responsibility for the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast and the resulting ten deaths.

But the Amstelveen-based company, which owns the chemical tanker Probo Koala, admitted there was highly toxic waste on board on the ship.

Trafigura said the cargo was purchased by a waste-processing firm in Ivory Coast which later dumped the waste across the commercial capital Abidjan.

The firm had earlier refused to pay a higher price in Amsterdam and instead contracted in the Ivorian company Tommy to receive the 'slop'.

Tommy then dispatched its waste trucks across the city of Abidjan and flushed the toxic liquid into drains and reservoirs, engulfing the city in noxious fumes.

Trafigura claims it did not break any Ivorian laws and will co-operate with all judicial inquiries.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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