Trafigura: Not the Whole Truth 2 – Small

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The second post – first here - in the series of, hopefully, short posts in which I highlight areas where Trafigura, or those whose writing is supportive of them, does not tell the whole truth. There will be truth, possibly a lot of truth, in the statements I look at but all is not as it seems. [UPDATE: added 21.30 on 3 Dec 2011: I don’t allege that the ‘Not the Whole Truth’s are deliberate.] In the first post I looked at the second sent ence in Trafigura’s 38 page document, “Trafigura and the Probo Koala” – on page 4 after the index – and I stay with that sentence here. That sentence states:

“The vessel carried out a procedure for caustic washing on several cargoes of one such product, coker naphtha, and needed to discharge a relatively small [Calum’s emphasis] amount of residual waste (often referred to as ‘slops’).”

‘Small’ is a word with magical properties; is wonderfully non- specific; has no units; its meaning in the eye of the beholder. Each of us will form a view as to what is ‘a relatively small [Calum’s emphasis] amount of residual waste’ . What might ‘s mall’ mean?

litre, gallon, bucketful, barrel, tonne, few tonnes?

In Amsterdam, Trafigura asked to discharge up to 350 cubic meters (cbm) - approx. 350 tonnes, 350,000kg. [Updat ed at 09.30 on Dec 2 2011 t o show volume discharged was 350cbm and not 250 as init ially st at ed. Traf igura’s request f or a quot e shows 250cbm as t he maximum but on t heir websit e t hey st at e t hat 350cbm was act ually discharged] 350cbm? ‘Small’? Seems a lot to me. Eye of the beholder, you see! The Probo Koala’s waste tanks could hold 948cbm of waste and so 350cbm is 37% of its waste capacity. Not really small. Certainly, in terms of the volume of gasoline the Probo Koala could transport – approx 50,000cbm – the volume of waste discharged is small but 350 tonnes is not what I would term ‘s mall’.

But let us not forget that the volume of waste discharged in Abidjan was 508cbm.

‘Small’ ? Not t he whole t rut h !

and remember from the 1st post the key missing information was ‘smell ’ [t hese 12 words added at 09.35 Dec 2 2011]

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