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Icelandic Whale Meat Left at German Harbor

Six containers of fin whale meat were left at the Hamburg harbor area when a vessel that was supposed to transport it to Asia departed. The German customs authorities made comments on the labeling of the meat but have now approved the sending of the meat onwards to Asia.


The meat was transported from Iceland to Rotterdam onboard the container vessel Cosco Pride, en route to Hong Kong. The vessel made a stopover in Hamburg to pick up more cargo, where members of Greenpeace organized a demonstration, raising awareness of the fact that the ship was carrying whale meat, reports.

The local customs requested information about the cargo and reviewed the shipping documents and meanwhile the whale meat containers had to be taken off the ship.

Eventually the customs concluded that everything was in order and that the meat could be transported through German harbors, even though trading of whale meat is prohibited in the country.

However, by that time, Cosco Pride had moved on and Hvalur, the fin whaling company in Iceland, must find another container vessel to transport the cargo to Asia.


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