Association de citoyens qui défendent l'environnement maritime

 

Landerneau 27th January 2017

Since mid-December 2016, 25,500 tonnes of maize have been stuck in Brest port. This cargo was loaded in Romania 25th November 2016. 16th January 2017, severa were rightly mobilised as this cargo treated with phosphine, was leaking fumes apparently, and what is not so well known is that phosphine could also cause explosions. One thing is certain, phosphine kills, and contaminates all those who come near. Are Worldwide port authorities prepared to accept a health scandal equivalent to or greater than that of asbestos

It is time to put an end to this prevailing amorality and lobby of all types, let us be more caring for mankind's future, to the quality of the product which he consumes, and for the Environment.

The Omerta which surrounds pesticides must be continually and publicly denounced, some attitudes towards seagoers, grain port workers, are irresponsible and scandalous. Who is lobbying, who leaves employees to work these cargos which are contaminated and which kill. What are the port authorities powers?

MOR GLAZ association cannot accept what was reported to us, that it would adversely affect the competiveness of Breton or French ports. One only needs to look up the website www.morglaz.org to understand that the association defends ports and all maritime activities, but will never advocate this complicity linked to "these" activities whenever they are in conflict with Seafarers, Human and Environmental wellbeing!

In 2013, during municipal election debates, the MOR GLAZ association put the development of Brest port at the centre!

The MOR GLAZ association has met with victims infected by phosphine, we have therefore decided to issue this announcement, and not leave a free hand for such practical aberrations, and to forcibly denounce the use of such harmful products which affect Human and Environmental health.

Posphine is used in Bulk carrier holds to prevent the proliferation of larvae, rodents and other grubs which eat the grains of maize during transport. The fumes are so dangerous that the International Maritime Fumigation Organisation IMFO was created and specific insurances are proposed to shipowners to cover the possibility of a crew death. In 2008 a Romanian Seafarer died after a leak occurred from a ventilation trunk on board a ship. We cannot, "must not" any longer accept that the import of American maize or Brazilian soya continue to endanger seafarers, dockers and in the end consumers' health, while we have perfect knowledge of the dangers involved in handling phosphine.

The MOR GLAZ association considers and demands that ports must be classified according to overall quality criteria and not by other criteria of total freedom and questionable practice, which are "no longer" acceptable. The Omerta within port communities must end : This helps nobody, except perhaps some unethical people who think only of the present moment and of profit, no matter what the consequences on human health!

For the MOR GLAZ association

President Jean-Paul HELLEQUIN

Translation :- T.J. & M-L. Davies