NK News on 18th December carried an article that says that the Panamanian Government deregistered 9 vessels from its merchant registry in order to comply with UN Security Council sanctions, according to the country’s most recent national implementation report. Paragraph 12 of the UN SCR 2397 (2017) says that member states “shall de-register any vessel it has reasonable grounds to believe was involved in activities, or the transport of items,” prohibited by existing Resolutions. The ships listed in the report were the Koti, Koya, Orient Shenyu, An Quan Zhou 66, Surplus Ocean 1, Glory Hope 6, Hai Shun 158, Billions 88 and Great Spring. Apart from the Koti, none of the other vessels named currently appear on the UN or US Treasury sanctions lists. However, the article notes apparent discrepancies between the list of ships named in the report and those named in earlier Banned Vessels Lists published by the Panamanian Maritime Authority. It also notes information that that the Hai Shun 158 has since been renamed twice in 2018 to become Pedan and then the Putina, and that, in 2018 Billions No. 88 and Great Spring were renamed to become Twins Bull and Great Roc. The report is also said to mention other efforts made by Panama to implement and enforce the sanctions, including seeking assistance to be “able to track the vessels involved using the long-range identification and tracking system carried by the vessels that are part of the merchant registry”, and requesting financial assistance in order to achieve this by contracting an unnamed private company to provide the tracking services.
On 27th November, NK Pro reported that Panama had deregistered an oil tanker called New Regent, previously listed by the UN for its role in smuggling oil on behalf of North Korea.
The current Restricted Vessel List issued by the Panama Maritime Authority in March, which includes those affected by North Korean sanctions, is at –