On 21st March, the USCG issued an updated Advisory with new information about North Korea’s deceptive shipping practices, additional guidance on how to mitigate the risk of involvement in these practices, a new graphic depicting certain ports of call, and 3 new annexes:
- guidance for member states and industry to avoid illicit North Korean maritime trade;
- dozens of vessels that are believed to have engaged in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers; and
- dozens of vessels that may have exported North Korean coal since August 5th
It says that North Korea employs deceptive shipping practices such as disabling or manipulating automated identification systems, physically altering vessels, conducting ship-to-ship (STS) transfers, and falsifying cargo documentation. Since initial publication of the Advisory in February 2018, North Korea has altered the geographic location of STS transfers and has resumed exports of coal in the Gulf of Tonkin.