Ship demolition
Safety at Sea


Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
Space Waste

Probo Koala
Other subjects ...


Shipbreaking # 42,
bulletin on ship demolition from October 1 to December 31, 2015 - 63 p, 11 Mo

Radioactive waste - Wanted : BBC Shanghai, December 8, 2015
Radioactive waste - das Bato, October 15, 2:00 pm
Radioactive waste - BBC Shanghai at Cherbourg,
October 14, 2015
Radioactive waste – Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) is calling for an intervention by the Australian and French governments
, October 10, 2015. 7:45 pm

Tianjin: business as usual,
September 18, 2015

Premiere in the Arctic: whale meat goes through the North East passage, August 3, 2015

Europe mixed up in the traffic of whale meat, June 19, 2015

Well spotted ! (Seizure of ivory at Roissy airport), June 11, 2015


Information and analysis bulletin on animal poaching and smuggling.

"On the Trail" n°11
The wildlife crime scene of October, November and December 2015
100 pages PDF, 6.6 MB

"On the Trail" n°10
The wildlife crime scene of July, August and September 2015
80 pages PDF, 5.7MB

"On the Trail" n°9
The wildlife crime scene of April, May and June 2015
106 pages PDF, 5.5MB

"On the Trail" n°8
The wildlife crime scene of January, February and March 2015 through 500 events across the 5 continents. 108 pages PDF, 5MB

An immersion in the war of rhino horn and ivory, a focus on the latest tricks of traffickers who hide ivory in medical plaster or milk powder, stuff reptiles and frogs in books for children and cigarette packet, paint leopard skins in tiger skins to maximize profits. An encounter with torn families of poachers, with teachers, scholars and vicars who teach and preach during the day and traffic at night…

Benchmarks in January, February, March 2015: Seizures. According to Interpol seizures represent 10% of the illegal traffic. Seizures involve 384 elephants and 13,494 pangolins, 7,296 live or dead birds, 101 felines, tigers, leopards, ocelots... naturalized, frozen, dismembered or alive, plus 284.2 kilograms of bones, 12,789 sea and freshwater turtles.

Teachings of this issue 8 of “On the trail" for the first 3 months of the year: There are more and more corruption, collusion between poachers and services responsible for the protection of wildlife in Africa and Asia. There is more and more violence. “Shoot on sight” is allowed in some States on poachers who take more risk and carry war weapons. Bail for poachers and traffickers tend to decrease. Sanctions are strengthened, enforcement remains to be checked. Voluntary destructions of seized ivory increase. Mammoth ivories contributes to the development of traffic. Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) with “On the trail" n°8 wish mammoths could be exceptionally listed in CITES Appendix I or II.

“On the Trail” n°7, 132 pages (pdf 7.1 Mo)
1st October - 31st December 2014

In the nuclear industry, the cliff edge effect corresponds to the critical and hopeless phase where operators and authorities realize that all is going wrong and full loss of control is imminent, despite that indicators to that point had been overall reassuring and led them to believe that a crisis situation was on the verge to be managed.

The cliff edge effect is applicable to the worldwide crisis that faces land and sea biodiversity. For far too long, it was believed that international treaties of which the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are at the forefront would be able to protect non-human animal species. Yet, all the dials are red.
Sea cucumbers, pangolins, African and Asian monkeys, elephants, vultures – they are all sacrificed
at the altar for the unquenchable space and comfort want of mankind.

South Africa is a victim of the cliff edge effect. Rhinos are spiraling down in a panic stage for the profit of speculators and fools around the world. 194 countries and governments, 7.3 billion men and women are unable of joining hands to stop 20,000 rhinos from meeting their doom.

At the end of their rope, South Africa is fidgeting and once again it’s the rhinos that get the short end of the stick. They are anesthetized, tossed around from Natural Park to private reserve, auctioned off, preventively mutilated and harassed. The fewer there are, the more they are mistreated and poached.

“On the Trail” n°6, 134 pages of beauty and cruelty
1st July- 31st September 2014. 134 pages (pdf 5.8 Mo)

Wildlife is bubbling
Open parcels and find poisonous scorpions, search a shop in Malaysia and stumble on a vial of elephant sperm, find out about the latest trafficker’s tricks, meet the rhino mafia, hunt the MGM lion and discover the Tibetan Wild Ass, or Kiang.

Introduction: Several recent studies suggest that violence on animals and abuse of animal’s weakness show predisposition to violence against humans and that witnessing domestic violence or being submitted to parental harassment leads to a predisposition to violence against animals. Violence is a viral and vicious circle … (read more here)

N°5/ 1st April - 30th June 2014. (pdf 132 p. 7.2 Mo)

N°4/ 1st January - 31th March 2014 (pdf 112 p. 6.4 Mo)

N°3/ 1st October - 31th December 2013 (pdf 80 p. 4.5 Mo)

N°2/ 1st July - 30th September 2013 (pdf 80 p. 4 Mo)

N°1/ 1st April - 30th June 2013.

* Corrida in Antarctica, December 17, 2015

* Elephants killed and smugglers released, December 11th, 2015

* 51 Wildlife Groups Urge Hong Kong to Stop Ivory Imports that Fuel Poaching, April 14, 2015

* Elephants: advances in Brittany and Europe, March 27, 2015

* Brittany: the land of asylum for poached ivory, March 26, 2015

* 41 spokespeople of the elephants of Africa and Asia, (common letter) March 23, 2015

* Panic at Cannes Enchères, March 7, 2015

* Cannes: the sale of ivory under police protection, March 6, 2015 - 3.30 pm

* Ivory to China: the Belgian network, March 4, 2015

* Ivory: the Cannes scandal. February 23, 2015

* France is listening to the elephants’ call. January 28, 2015

* In a joint letter, 37 Non-Governmental Organizations from Europe, Africa, America and Asia are asking the Minister of Ecology to stop the sale and exports in and from France of raw and cut ivory. January 20, 2015.

Elephants and ivory trafic. January 20, 2015. 23h00

French Riviera Pensioners Endangering Elephants, Paris, May13th 2014

Europe - An Open Market For The Ivory Trade ? Monday 2nd June


When ships leave the ocean


=> Below are Robin des Bois' press releases. All Ship-breaking information and analysis bulletins on end-of-life ships are available HERE.

Shipbreaking 2015 record, the year of Bangladesh. January 4, 2016

A Belgian LNG carrier stranded in Marseille, September 17, 2015

Is the Corse about to migrate to Asia ? September 14, 2015

Hassan 1 mystery: solved October 29, 2014

No to Discordia (Towage of the Concordia), 24 juillet 2014

2013 : 1119 ships for scrapping, January 9th, 2014

Pacific Princess : ship-breaking kills in Turkey. August 12, 2013

The Atlantic Star Scam, April 4th, 2013.
Atlantic Star : The whole Clemenceau affair for this...?, March 26, 2013 - 10:15 am
Atlantic Star : Illegal export of hazardous waste to Turkey,
March 20, 2013 - 9.15

The end of the Probo Koala, February 7th, 2013 - 4 pm

SNCF exporting waste to India, November 10th, 2011

A nuclear waste to be broken up in Belgium, June 7th 2011

An ex nuclear cargo carrier to be demolished in Alang, January 29th 2010

The End of the last French three-masted ship, January 27th 2010.

Global statement 2009 of vessels sent to demolition : The threshold of 1,000 vessels is reached

Global Statement 2008 of Shipping Vessels Sent to Demolition, February 3rd , 2009

Around the Ship dismantling world in 18 pages, September 29th 2008.

An Alang scheme, September 10th 2008.

Round Robin # 1. A typical French scandal: breaking up in Bangladesh.July 22 nd, 2008

Press release- Asbestos aboard. June 19 th, 2008

Press release - Europe is exporting wastes to Bangladesh, May 9th, 2008

Press release - Oil slick Queen demolished in Bangladesh ?, April 21st, 2008

Press release -Global Statement 2007 of Shipping Vessels Sent to Demolition, January 24th, 2008

Paranoia and Ghost Fleet , October 25 th, 2007

Avoid at all costs the scuttling of the MSC Napoli, July 11th 2007 and the right to reply, July 13th 2007

To-be scrapped vessel stolen in Liberia, May 21st 2007

Shipwreck of an aircraft carrier in the United States, May 3rd 2006

The Love Boat, 13th of January 2006 (Subject: Norway / Clémenceau)

Another way of looking at the Clemenceau, 30th of December 2005

In the port of Amsterdam, 12th April 2005

Safety at sea

Alarm in Cherbourg n°2, March 23, 2015 – 9:45 a.m.

Ezadeen, the livestock and migrant carrier, January 2, 2015 - 11:10 a.m.

Cherbourg Alerts. December 9, 2013

Christos XXII,
the tug which brings bad luck.
January, 14th, 2014

Hansa Brandenburg: another container ship riddled with Problems.September 30th, 2013

Mol Comfort disaster page, June 2013

"Mol Comfort disaster : letter to the concerning parties", June 20th, 2013 - 3:15
"Mol Comfort : the Achilles Heel of Global Commerce", June 19th, 2013

"Lyubov Orlova, the Ghost Ship", January-February 2013

Risks of Oil Spill in the North Sea, December 6th, 2012

The Seafarers Alcatraz Award 2012
October 1st 2012.

The OSM Arena, is a prison for seafarers. January 2012 © Bijoy Ghosh

Container ship MSC Flaminia Special Page
MSC Flaminia : to remove the doubts about radioactivity, August 23rd,2012 -12 a.m. MSC Flaminia n°4
The MSC Flaminia en route to Germany, August 20th 2012, 6.30 p.m., MSC Flaminia n°3
Lead Medal for the European Union,
August 10th 2012, MSC Flaminia n°2
A Shelter for the MSC Flaminia,
July 30th 2012.

Arctic Alarm, 25 juillet 2012

The Titanic - From the painting by Willy Stöwer. April 1912.
Editing by Robin des Bois.
The Costa Concordia © Photo Robin des Bois - april 2012

Stop the Gigantics !, Press release Giglio, 13th April 2012

Report "From the Titanic to the Concordia
" html or pdf (20 pages - 466 ko)
Table of contents
I- The passenger ship has become a cruise destination
II - Cruise ships with more than 2,500 passengers
III - Disasters first, then regulation
Rules and exceptions
Muster points
The evacuation
IV – What to expect
Fire, fire, fire
The target
Crash, crash, crash
The see-saw effect
Running aground
Cruise ship or floating hospital
V – How will you pollute?
VI - Joseph Conrad

Two ships under early retirement at Marseille, September 19 th 2012

Somewhere between 'Are you ready?" and "shhh!...The child’s asleep", Press release, 19 January 2012
Costa Concordia : the worst has been avoided, Press release, 16 January 2012

The beaching of the TK Bremen, December 2011
Go to the special page

New Zealand : Forewarning of the Big One, October 13 th 2011

Note of information : substandard ship Ocean Pearl, August 12 th 2010

Hunting down the Onyx (6) - END, May 19 th 2010
Hunting down the Onyx (4),
March, 12 th 2010

The eventful life of a family, March, 10 th 2010

Hunting down the Onyx (1, 2, 3) & the Margaret Hill, February 2010
No to traffic from North to South of rotting car ferries, January 13th 2010


Arctic: Keep it In My Backyard (KIMBY), May 13th 2013.

Arctic Alarm, July 25th 2012

Radioactive Polluted Sites in the Arctic, november 2012 (pdf - 1,58 Mo)
See also :

Polar Star n#2. Information bulletin on the Arctic,
december 2009

Special issue: 2750 contaminated sites in Arctic

Inventory of radioactive polluted sites in the Arctic will be published by Robin des Bois at the beginning of year 2013

Life jacket for the French Ambassador in the Arctic, 2nd Septembre, 2011

There is movement in the Arctic,
July 22nd 2011

Oil Spill in the North Sea, August 17th 2011

Robin des Bois and the Arctic at Consoil, Salzburg. September 2010.

A new contaminated site in Arctic ?, September 2nd, 2010

Cleaning up the Arctic all together,
March 26th 2010

Polar Star n#1. Information bulletin on the Arctic.

Treaty for the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic needs a treaty and a precautionary international approach. Robin des Bois presented at Grenelle de l’environment an environmental round table a proposition concerning the Arctic.



Ivory Trade Ban Essential to Save Elephants (pdf). February 11, 2014.
Tour Eiffel. Destruction of illegal ivory and Robin des Bois’s elephants. February 6, 2014
Here’s to China for the Elephants! January 6, 2014
French Ivory to be Scrapped. December 5, 2013
Destruction of Ivory : Secret Tusks. November 14th, 2013
Obama, Hollande and Elephants, October 1, 2013
India Burns Smuggled Ivory. And France?, July 30th, 2013

Whales at the International Court of Justice
Science too lethal.
Press release -
31st March 2014 - 12.45 pm
Not on the Same Whale Wave. Information note N°8 - 16th July 2013
Australia: Fights Back.
Information note N°7 - July 12th 2013
New Zealand: A Collective Vision for Whales.
Information note N°6 - July 9th 2013
Poincaré v. Montaigne.
Information note N°5 - July 9, 2013
Japan Strikes Back. Information note N°4 - July 5, 2013
Japanese “Scientific Whaling” by its Right Name is “Commercial Whaling”. Information note N°3 - July 2nd 2013
The End of the Japanese Fairy Tale, Information note N°2 - June 28, 2013
Australia v. Japan,
Information note N°1 - June 26, 2013

CITES 2013 : special page

"Polar Bears Betrayed by the European Union", March 5, 2013
"CITES: Over 40 years old and long in the tooth", March 4, 2013
Is Coca Cola in favor of polar bears trade ? Open letter. Paris, February 21, 2013.
A Dark Future for Polar Bears.
February 18, 2013. - French Coalition for Polar Bears.
Polar Bears: Left Out in the Cold,
February 5, 2013.

The Nisshin Maru: not to Catch but to Scrap, 26th September, 2012 - 11:20 am

A Taser for Soles, June 14th 2012

ICCAT 2011 -- 11th - 19th November, Istanbul.
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and its adjacent seas

IWC 2011 - International Whaling Commission. 11th -14th July, Channel Island Jersey.
=> July 8th 2011, Impacts on whales from radioactive inputs and debris following the tsunami
=> July 13th 2011, Fish Eat Whales
=> July 14th 2011 - 8:45 p.m., Japan Harpoons the International Whaling Commission

Libya still Manages their Embassy in Sète, April 12th 2011

Massive falls of the Robin in the North Sea, March 8th 2011

ICCAT International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and its adjacent seas
-- 17th - 27th November, Paris --
=> Press release. November 16th 2010
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #1,
November 19th 2010.
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #2 : Robin des Bois Opening Statement,
November 24th 2010.
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #3 : Where Are They Now ?,
November 26th 2010.
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #4 : ICCAT in its lifeboat,
November 26th 2010.

=> Not the same Old Tuna #5: Bigeye Tuna is in the Red, November 27th 2010.

Whales, Nagoya Blabla, 29th October 2010

IWC 2010 - International Whaling Commission.
Go to the special page.

CITES 2010 - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Go to the special page.

Of Whales and their Usefulness, Jun 2009, update April 2010 (pdf)

Endangered Bluefin Tuna in the Spotlight
, 14 th January 2010

Beijing 2008 : rings made of ivory, 31 st July 2008

The Heat is on the Elephants, 6 th June 2007, The Hague, Netherlands (14 th meeting of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

Baleineafric, 23th Jun 2005, Ulsan, Korea (57th session of the International Whaling Commission)

Harpoon II, June, 20 th Jun 2005, Ulsan, Korea (57th session of the International Whaling Commission)

Sinking trees, November 26, 2004 (Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia)

Whales in the mud, 19th November 2004, (Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia).

The Samaratin whale, Sorrento, Italy, 20thjuly 2004 (56thsession of the International Whaling Commission).

Condemn or condone ?, Sorrento, Italy, 19th July 2004 (56thsession of the International Whaling Commission).

Caribbean and African states say no to conservation, Sorrento, Italy, 15th July, 2004 (56th session of the International Whaling Commission)

The Whale Advantage, Berlin, Germany, 15th June 2003 (55th session of the International Whaling Commission)

Toothfish below the law, Santiago, Chili, 9th November 2002 (12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora)

Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

- Scuttling Tsunami Debris, Press release April 10th 2012

- The waste from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami,
Progress report - September 2011, with map of provisional storages of contaminated ash and sludge in the prefectures.

- Press Release n°16,
Millions of Stowaway Passengers Circling Around the Pacific Ocean (Marine Litter, with map), May 31st 2011
- Press Release n°15,
The After Shock, April 15th 2011
- Press Release n°14,
A stream of Information, April 7th 2011, 16.15pm
- Press Release n°13,
France is to Blame, March 31st 2011, 16.00pm
- Press Release n°12,
The Disaster Domain Expands. March 30th 2011, 9.00am
- Press Release n°11, A disaster for dolphins and whales too. 29 March 2011. 12.00pm
- Press Release n°10, Stress test and crash test. 28 March 2011. 2.45pm
- Press Release n°9, The radioactive contamination of fish.25 March 2011. 11.30am
- Press Release n°8, Rich in nukes, poor in radiation detectors. 24 March 2011. 12.30pm
- Press release n°7, Franco-Japanese nuclear entente, March 22nd 2011
- Press release n°6, Radioactive cows, March 19 th 2011
- Press release n°5, Irreparable Cooling Systems,
March 18th 2011
- Press release n°4, The death of the nuclear energy, March 16th 2011
- Press release n°3, Mox. March 14th 2011
- Press release n°2, Contamination of sea resources. March 13th 2011
- Press release n°1, Nuclear reactors and outside threats. March 12th 2011


Towards a new Chernobyl,
April 25, 2014

Delivery of nuclear fuel to Japan. Paris, April 10th, 2013

Marie Curie’s radioactive waste, May 12, 2012

Radium Water fountains: The hunt is open in the Lyon-Villeurbanne region,
2nd May 2012

Freezing. Will they hold out?, February 12, 2012

Return of nuclear waste in Germany,
November 23rd 2011.

Nuclear Power Plants Floating Around the World,
September 10th 2010

Forest Fires : Beware the Radioactive Fallout, August 3rd 2010

French Russian Joint Venture at all Costs, August 10th 2010

Following "Forest Fires ; Beware the Radioactive Fallout", August 13th 2010

Disarray in Cherbourg, October 29th 2009
Depleted and enriched, October 28th 2009

The Bouguenais, without belt or strap, March 15, 2001

Space Waste

Soviet satellite crashes in Canada
Cosmos 954 Downfalls, January 23, 2015
, 11:53 a.m. UTC

Robin des Bois published a 62 page report on “Space Waste” including illustrations and maps (pdf). This report is the first inventory to be published by an environmental NGO on space waste, the associated risks for space activities, for Earth and the interplanetary environment.
=> Press Release, Plutonium for Martians, November 25th 2011


Robin des Bois’ viewpoint on the importation of HCB from Australia to France.
Information note. June 16, 2014

Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons
The Cape Ray arrives in Northern Europe Information Note n°7, August 20, 2014
Out of sight, Out of Mind Information Note n°6, June 26, 2014
Information Note n°5, June 26, 2014
Information Note n°4
, June 12, 2014
Information Note n°3
, January 29, 2014
Information Note n°2
, January 16, 2014
Information Note n° 1 - December 26, 2013. 10:40

How Does France Manage Old Chemical Weapons? Information note - 19th September 2013

After 44 years of occupation, the Torrey Canyon liberates l’île d’Er
, September 30, 2011

Red Mud in Hungary: A Predictable, International and Major Disaster
, October 6th 2010.
Red Mud. Press release n°2. October 20th 2010.

Marine Litter: recommendations for a coordinated plan to reduce litter in inland waters, ports, on coastlines and in the ocean (pdf), May 2009

Round Robin # 4. Petrol traps on the Isle of Er. October 3rd 2008

Round Robin # 2. After the "old ploughs" from Carhaix, don’t miss the old railway line sleepers from Carnac. July 23rd 2008

Carbon dioxide (CO2): Open letter to Mel Gibson, September 2007.

Probo Koala

See also #25 and #24

Latest news : ex-Probo Koala. Press Release
3rd, June2011

Probo Koala To Bangladesh: Refused. Press release 28th May 2011
- 11:40 pm

Probo Koala : The Death Boat heading to the Cemetery.
May 17th 2011 -13:45 pm.
+ Non exhaustive list of hazardous substances onboard or likely to be onboard. 18 May 2011. (pdf)

Trafigura captured by Mercaptan and Hydrogen Sulphide.
July 23, 2010.

Trafigura lies - Probo Koala and Trafigura's trial in Amsterdam.
June 28, 2010

Probo Koala, the book. May 2010

Wastes returning to Europe, Nov 7, 2006

Ivory Coast Waste: Return to Sender, September 29, 2006.

Notice #4: Toxic wastes in the Ivory Coast and fires of repetition in France, September 19, 2006

Notice #3: French businessmen stuck in Abidjan’s toxic mixture, September 14, 2006.

Call for a waste charter, September 12, 2006.

Notice #2: Ivory Coast Pollution, September 12, 2006

Notice #1: Pollution in the Ivory Coast, September 10, 2006

For the whole story (only available in French):


The PCB Cookbook, December 5, 2011

Crabs Pinched by PCB, July 20, 2011

Atlas of PCB-polluted areas, land and marine, july 2011

Aprochim: The Countryside Factory, April 4, 2011

Pernicious PCB, February 12, 2010


Children victims of Industrial Wasteland, May 31, 2012

Nightmare in the North Sea - Elgin
, Information Bulletin April 2nd 2012

Cover Your Eyes!, September 8, 2011

Oil spill in the North Sea,
Information Bulletin August 17th 2011

The Nintendo 3DSyndrome, March 24, 2011

Optic 2000 (New harbour Port 2000 in Le Havre), 29th March 2006

A 700 millions euros botch-up (new harbour Port 2000 in Le Havre), October 29, 2003 (abstract in english)

Other subjects

Wood Energy massacres trees and biodiversity, April 28, 2011

Robin des Bois summary of the OSPAR Convention -
London 20-24th June 2011

OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic.
Bergen. 20-24 September 2010. Robin des Bois’ contribution to OSPAR ministerial meeting 2010 (pdf)

More breathing space for the Burrup needed, July 5th 2007

Industry Rocking the Burrup, Feb 21, 2007

Teak, a colonial tic, April 28, 2006

Beaujolais: a torrent of pollutions, Novembre 19, 2003 (abstract in English)



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