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Run Fu 2 allowed to leave for China with cargo of illegal timber

October 17, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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The Panama registered bulk carrier, Run Fu 2 has been allowed to sail from Wewak with a cargo of illegally felled timber from the Turubu SABL. The ship is currently sailing towards China with its illegal cargo.

The ship was allowed to leave PNG despite Customs, Police, PNG Forest Authority and SGS all being aware the logs it was loading have been declared illegal by both the National and Supreme Courts.

The Supreme Court decision on 31 August, confirmed an earlier 2014, National Court decision, that the SABL lease over Portion 144C is null and void and all logging and oil palm operations are illegal. But despite the court decisions, the logging is still continuing right under the nose of the PNG authorities and yet another ship has now arrived and is loading logs. In total more logs worth more than $50 million have been exported from the illegal Turubu SABL area.

As we revealed last week, the PNG Forest Authority has seemingly decided it will ignore the court rulings – but surely SGS, the police and PNG Customs can’t all be on on the conspiracy? We now wait to see if they will allow the next ship to leave PNG waters with its illegal cargo!

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  1. Bob Phillips
    October 18, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    SHAME!! THIS IS MAKING A MOCKERY OF LAW IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

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