(Français) Nitrate d’ammonium, entre amnistie et amnésie

17 Sep 2021

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55 days on the run

15 Sep 2021

Since arriving off Sri Lanka on August 27, the former Panamanian Odeep One, now the Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged Deep One, has become a straying ship. She is wandering in the Indian Ocean, successively heading east, west, north, south and drifting. Her owner no longer seems to know what to do with her. The Deep One does not leave international waters. Currently, her theoretical destination is Singapore. She has been at sea for 55 days and has sailed almost 10,000 km.

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The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers sentenced

8 Sep 2021

The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers sentenced

Rennes

The Criminal Court of Rennes (France) today imposed exemplary sentences on eight men of Irish, English, Chinese and Vietnamese origin guilty of trafficking in elephant ivory and rhino horn on French territory and, for some of them, of exporting it to Asia. Seven were found guilty of having committed these offences in conspiracy.

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The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers on Trial in Rennes, France

6 Sep 2021

The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers on Trial in Rennes, France

Rennes

The trial of nine defendants charged with importing, possessing, transporting and exporting elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn as part of an organized gang opens this September 6, 2021 in the Rennes Criminal Court. Three defendants are on the run and an arrest warrant has been issued against them. The investigation also led to the discovery of two workshops processing raw ivory and rhino horn on French soil. The 9 defendants are of Irish and English, Vietnamese and Chinese origin. They declare to be second-hand dealers, antique dealers, employees in the construction industry, manager of an import-export company, cook, computer specialist or unemployed.

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On the Trail n°30 – the defaunation bulletin

6 Aug 2021

On the Trail n°30 – the defaunation bulletin

On the Trail n°30 – July, August and September 2020
1040 events with references, along with analyses, iconographic documents, maps and historical archives
201 pages (pdf), 12 Mo

“On the Trail” is going on with its analysis of the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on poaching and animal smuggling through one thousand or so genuine examples from around the world. In the third quarter of 2020, rumours are taking hold about pangolin meat, feline meat and lion organs being considered miracle cures for Covid-19. The pandemic causes a surge in wildlife plundering. As soon as the pandemic emerged, it caused an upsurge in trapping. In India and Africa, people from the cities returned to the villages, there were many mouths to feed, and poaching increased. In rich countries, recreational hunting is in full swing; people kill deer, bears, moose and birds of prey to kill time. Wildlife trafficking is on the rise on social networks. In Myanmar, transit and force-feeding centres for pangolins waiting to be smuggled to Thailand are full because of the border closures and transport paralysis. Destocking of raw ivory and other wildlife products accumulated during the full disruption of supply chains are beginning to appear. The global market for wild birds is expanding. The Covid-19 crisis has opened up new opportunities with a confined humanity in need of nature.

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Shipbreaking n°63 – the summer boat-movie

6 Aug 2021

Shipbreaking n°63 – the summer boat-movie

76 pages, 226 photos, 79 sources (pdf, 12,4 Mo)

Brest and Genoa are setting about it! It is in Brest that the tanker Varzuga will be scrapped. Coming from Murmansk, she was initially to be scrapped in Turkey.

The world economy is picking up. In the Indian subcontinent, demolition yards are buying the tonne of scrap metal at around 550 US$, with peaks of over 800 US$ for end-of-life ships containing stainless steel. The proceeds of the sale are increasingly channelled through the British Virgin Islands.

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(Français) La boîte de Pandore des nitrates d’ammonium

4 Aug 2021

(Français) La boîte de Pandore des nitrates d’ammonium

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(Français) Odeep One – Communiqué n°4

3 Aug 2021

(Français) Odeep One – Communiqué n°4

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Odeep One – Communiqué n°3

30 Jul 2021

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Sète (South France)-Colombo (Sri Lanka): the mad escape of the Odeep One

30 Jul 2021

Sète (South France)-Colombo (Sri Lanka): the mad escape of the Odeep One

July 30, 2021. 12 h

The dilapidated vessel targeted by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control escaped from Sète on Friday, July 23, with the complicity of the port. The Odeep One caused in her flight 2 oil pollutions in the port basins and at the exit of the channel. The Ship Safety Centre (SSC) based in Sète was not informed of this departure. Yesterday, July 29, the Odeep One has refuelled in Maltese territorial waters and is now heading for Colombo (Sri Lanka). Close monitoring of the Odeep One‘s trajectory between Sète and Malta by Robin des Bois and other specialists has shown that she is facing mechanical problems. Her average speed is 5 to 6 knots with phases at one or 2 knots.

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(Français) Un navire poubelle se fait la malle à Sète

26 Jul 2021

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The Russian tanker will be scrapped in Brest

9 Jul 2021

The Russian tanker will be scrapped in Brest

The Russian tanker Varzuga left Murmansk in tow of the Christos XXIV for a shipbreaking yard in Aliaga, Turkey, on April 17, 2021. She should finally arrive in Brest on the evening of Saturday, July 10, in tow of the VB Gascogne. The operation is being monitored by the Channel and North Sea Prefecture. It recommended the towing to be carried out during a favourable weather window with wave heights of less than one metre.

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Container ships are bombs (bis)

8 Jul 2021

Container ships are bombs (bis)

A fireball and shock waves felt up to 25 km from Jebel Ali Port, near Dubai, United Arab Emirates, woke up and worried residents on the evening of Wednesday July 7, 2021. Firefighters responded to prevent the fire from spreading to other vessels, in particular the GFS Giselle, a 240 m long container ship.

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(Français) Nitrate d’ammonium

22 Jun 2021

(Français) Nitrate d’ammonium

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(Français) La manif contre la vente du vent

21 Jun 2021

(Français) La manif contre la vente du vent

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What future for the Christos XXIV and the Varzuga ?

18 Jun 2021

What future for the Christos XXIV and the Varzuga ?

Update June 18, 2021
The Christos XXIV returned to sea on Tuesday 15 June at 5pm heading to Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain). The 50 year old tug, her 8 Filipino sailors and her 2 Greek officers stayed in Le Havre for 1 month and 8 days.
The Christos XXIV left alone, leaving the Varzuga at Joannès Couvert wharf. Discussions are still ongoing between the owner of the old Russian ship, the maritime authorities and a French demolition yard. The Varzuga will have to be accompanied in the demolition yard by her green passport, which she lacked when she left Murmansk. The green passport is a map with an estimate of the quantities of hazardous materials on the ship at the end of her life.
The Varzuga’s detention should end within 10-15 days.

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(Français) Marées noires en Corse et en Bretagne

16 Jun 2021

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Record turtle seizure in Burkina Faso

11 Jun 2021

Record turtle seizure in Burkina Faso

On Tuesday, June 8, 555 juvenile African spurred tortoises were rescued from international trafficking by customs officers in Koudougou, Boulkiemdé province. They were hidden in the baggage compartment of a bus travelling between Bamako in Mali and Lomé in Togo. They were placed in wooden crates, cardboard boxes and canvas and plastic bags. False CITES permits accompanied the shipment. CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The African spurred tortoises are listed in Appendix II. Their international trade is still allowed. Export permits are required. The seizure is the result of cooperation between Mali Customs and Burkina Faso Customs.

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The International Shipbreaking Show in the Covid-19 gale

10 Jun 2021

The International Shipbreaking Show in the Covid-19 gale

“Shipbreaking” # 62
double issue, October-November-December 2020-January-February-March 2021
122 pages, 112 sources, 381 photos

“Shipbreaking” is an unexpected and privileged observatory to analyze the trends of the global business and to identify its shortcomings.

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Radioactive rhinos

20 May 2021

Radioactive rhinos

Rosatom, the prime contractor and spearhead of the Russian nuclear industry, has found a new way to extend its influence on the African continent in the fight against poaching.

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(Français) Le parvis manqué

18 May 2021

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All at sea

6 May 2021

All at sea

The Christos XXIV was towing the Russian oil tanker Varzuga from Murmansk (Russia) to a Turkish shipbreaking yard. On Monday, May 3, 2021, at around 22:00, the tow rope broke and the Christos XXIV lost control of the Varzuga north-west of Cherbourg.

The Christos XXIV / Varzuga convoy left Murmansk on April 17, 2021. It was expected to arrive in Aliaga on May 26 after a 9,000 km journey through the Arctic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay, off Spain and Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea. In Murmansk, just before departure, 7 deficiencies were reported on board the tug by the marine safety inspectors concerning the safety of navigation, the life saving appliances, the radio communications and the pollution prevention.

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Killings in the Arly National Park in Burkina Faso

28 Apr 2021

Killings in the Arly National Park in Burkina Faso

Rory Young, co-founder and CEO of Chengeta Wildlife, David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile, Spanish reporters, were murdered on 26 April 2021 in Arly National Park in Burkina Faso while participating in an anti-poaching patrol with soldiers and rangers. One Burkinabé is still missing. The Arly park is home to elephants, lions and leopards. In 2015, Robin des Bois praised the work of Rory Young in its bulletin “On the Trail” dedicated to poaching and smuggling.
Extract from “On the Trail” n°9 p.75 :
Arrest of 81 suspected poachers. Malawi. May 2015.
Rory Young is a specialist of the anti-poaching battle. He joined the French Foreign Legion when still very young and later becomes a forest ranger in Zimbabwe after 5 years of training. Yet he’s no warmonger. On mission in Malawi, he helps the wildlife agents use to their furthest extent the meager logistical resources at their disposal. 33 poachers have been arrested in 15 days during the month of April around Livonde by 30 rangers who have nothing more than a car and a half and an old boat. A true success compared to the 28 arrests made in all of April in Kruger Park watched over by thousands of guards, drones, helicopters and to some extent by thousands of tourists.

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(Français) Nouvel incendie d’entrepôt à Aubervilliers (93)

16 Apr 2021

(Français) Nouvel incendie d’entrepôt à Aubervilliers (93)

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(Français) Animaux victimes de pratiques magiques et commerce illégal

16 Apr 2021

(Français) Animaux victimes de pratiques magiques et commerce illégal

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(Français) Les Inspecteurs Gadget de l’OMS

31 Mar 2021

(Français) Les Inspecteurs Gadget de l’OMS

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Un Lubrizol agricole évité de justesse

22 Mar 2021

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(Français) Seveso et risques industriels

22 Mar 2021

(Français) Seveso et risques industriels

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(Français) Le tour de la Med en 92 jours et 12.000 km

19 Mar 2021

(Français) Le tour de la Med en 92 jours et 12.000 km

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(Français) Les sans-chênes

18 Mar 2021

(Français) Les sans-chênes

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(Français) Du transport de migrants au transport de cocaïne

26 Feb 2021

(Français) Du transport de migrants au transport de cocaïne

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(Français) Coronavirus

11 Feb 2021

(Français) Coronavirus

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(Français) EcoZonia, c’est la zone

27 Jan 2021

(Français) EcoZonia, c’est la zone

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Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Nada!

22 Jan 2021

Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Nada!

This Friday 22 January 2021 is a great day. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (1) enters into force.

On 7 July 2017, 122 countries adopted this Treaty. In accordance with its Article 15, it enters into force 90 days after the deposit of the 50th instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. Honduras was this 50th categorical opponent to atomic weapons. All the nuclear powers have withdrawn from the adoption Conference and some of them, France, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, are openly hostile to it.

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(Français) 19ème siècle : les bouchons envahissent la Seine

11 Jan 2021

(Français) 19ème siècle : les bouchons envahissent la Seine

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In search of a solution for the contaminated water of Fukushima

5 Nov 2020

In search of a solution for the contaminated water of Fukushima

Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, March 11, 2011 – Press release n°17

It is said that the Japanese government is about to authorize the release of radioactive water from Fukushima Daiichi into coastal waters and the ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean. Tepco, operator of the plant that crashed on March 11, 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the International Atomic Energy Agency are promoting this option. This voluntary pollution would set a precedent that could be brought up again in the Atlantic Ocean in the event of a major accident at a nuclear power plant or at the La Hague atomic complex in Normandy.

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(Français) L’horizon est notre avenir, ne le gaspillons pas !

4 Aug 2020

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(Français) Remèdes anti-ordures

21 Jan 2020

(Français) Remèdes anti-ordures

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(Français) L’Atlas du Business des Espèces Menacées

9 Oct 2019

(Français) L’Atlas du Business des Espèces Menacées

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(Français) Linkysition

7 Sep 2016

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(Français) Atlas de la France Toxique

11 May 2016

(Français) Atlas de la France Toxique

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