Philippines holds another North Korean vessel

Kim Jong-un might be minded to tell masters of North Korean vessels to give the Philippines a wide berth following the seizure of another ship in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

The Tuvalu-flagged Theresa Begornia is being held by authorities in the south of the country after it called at Mindanao Container Terminal late last week. The ship is crewed by 22 North Koreans. No illegal cargoes have been found on an initial inspection of the vessel.

This is the second ship to be scrutinised by Philippine authorities since new stricter sanctions were voted in by the UN Security Council at the start of the month.

The first ship, Jin Teng, was stopped at Subic and has not been allowed to proceed for around a week, despite the fact a Chinese company has since claimed ownership of the ship.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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