SOUTH KOREA SEIZES HONG KONG VESSEL AND UN DESIGNATES 4 MORE VESSELS

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.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/12/29/93/0401000000AEN20171229006152315F.html

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.

http://www.customstoday.com.pk/un-bars-four-north-korean-ships-from-international-ports/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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