Protesters plan flotilla to meet phosphate-laden cargo ship arriving in Christchurch – PUSL.- Protesters are planning a waterborne flotilla in Lyttelton harbour to protest a ship carrying phosphate from Western Sahara for Ravensdown Fertiliser.

A union representing port workers has concerns about safety, and is disappointed its alternative protest, a letter delivered to the ship’s crew, was rejected by Ravensdown.

Ravensdown said it is trading legally and within United Nations’ expectations.

Cargo ship Federal Crimson is expected to arrive in Lyttelton in early December carrying 51,000 tonnes of phosphate rock, after stopping at Napier Port from November 30 to December 1.

Three such shipments arrive annually. The phosphate is Moroccan phosphate exporter OCP’s cargo until it is unloaded.

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