2006 Trafigura Dumps Toxic Waste on Ivory Coast
In 2006, the Dutch oil and shipping company Trafigura, chartered a ship called the Probo Koala, to offload toxic waste at numerous sites around the city of Abijan, Ivory Coast. Trafigura was seeking to avoid paying a £1,000 per cubic meter disposal charge in Amsterdam.
Gases released by these chemicals claimed the lives of 17 and injured more than 30,000. Injuries ranged from mild headaches to severe lung and skin burns.