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US sanctions Russian companies, vessels for trading with N. Korea

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned two Russian shipping companies and six vessels that were involved in ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels, something that is prohibited by the UN Security Council.

US accuses N. Korea of illegal ship-to-ship oil transfers

The US accused North Korea of breaching the UN sanctions on refined petroleum, as illegal transfers between ships at sea took place. As a result, the US demanded an immediate stop to all sales of the fuel. The US said that these transfers, are breaching the UN sanctions. 

North Korea, South Korea reestablish maritime communication

North and South Korea have reinstated a maritime communication channel on Sunday July 1, as vessels from the two countries made radio contact for the first time since ten years, South Korea’s Defence Ministry informed. A North Korean patrol boat responded when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an international radio channel,

Ship restrictions in Singapore during US-North Korea summit

MPA Singapore issued an advisory, informing of temporary restrictions for mariners operating in the vicinity of Sisters Fairway, Western Anchorage, Buran Channel, Selat Sengkir, Keppel Harbour and Cruise Bay, during the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on 10-13 June 2018.

Japan suspects illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods in East China Sea

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs suspected a North Korean-flagged tanker that was lying alongside a small vessel of unknown nationality, in the East China Sea, to have been conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods, on May 19. Japan notified the Security Council Committee of this incident.

UN Security Council 1718 sanctions list adds 22 entries

In late March, the UN Security Council Committee updated its 1718 Sanctions List, adding 22 entries, comprising 21 entities and one individual. UNSC Resolution 1718, adopted in October 2006, imposes a series of economic and commercial sanctions on North Korea, on the aftermath of the country’s nuclear test.

UN blacklists 27 ships over North Korea relations

The United Nations Security Council added 27 ships and 21 shipping companies to its blacklist over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea. The UN Security Council proceeded to blacklist these entities upon a request by the US. Namely, the United Nations Security Council added 21 shipping companies, 15 North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man, on its blacklist.

Overview of Sanctions related to maritime industry

Insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, financial institutions, and others involved in shipping-related transactions may be subject to one or more sanctions prohibitions related to North Korea. The information herebelow is based on a recent advisory on N. Korea Sanctions, issued by the US Department of Treasure.

US warns about North Korean tactics to avoid sanctions

US provides examples of the types of tactics used by North Korea to obfuscate the identity of the vessels, the goods being shipped, and the origin or destination of cargo and also suggests measures to mitigate the risk of engaging in prohibited activity or processing prohibited transactions.

US strengthens sanctions on North Korean shipping

The US announced the largest set of sanctions ever imposed in connection with North Korea, targeting shipping companies, vessels, and individuals across the world accused of illicit trading with the country. Specifically, the US is sanctioning 27 entities, 28 vessels, and one individual, all involved in sanctions evasions schemes. 

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