Yonhap News reports on 29th December that a Hong Kong-flagged vessel has been seized and inspected by South Korean authorities after secretly transferring oil to a North Korean vessel in international waters in a ship-to-ship transfer prohibited by UN sanctions. “Lighthouse Winmore” entered Yeosu Port on November 24th after allegedly transferring 600 tons of refined petroleum to a North Korean vessel on October 19th. UN SCR 2375 bans ship-to-ship transfer of any goods for North Korea, and UN SCR 2397 allows the capture and search of a vessel suspected of engaging in prohibited activities with North Korea. The ship is said to be one of 10 that the US had wanted the UN to designate.
UN ADDS 4 NORTH KOREAN SHIPS TO ITS SANCTIONS LISTS
On 28th December the UN Security Council denied international port access to 4 North Korean ships suspected of carrying or having transported goods banned by international sanctions targeting Pyongyang. The ban of the 4 vessels – the Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Sam Jong 2 and Rye Song Gang 1 – brings total number of blocked ships to 8. The UShad requested the most recent ban along with measures targeting ships registered in other countries, diplomats said on condition of anonymity.