The United Nations imposed a global port ban on four vessels yesterday which were found violating sanctions against North Korea.
According to Hugh Griffiths, head of a UN Security Council panel on North Korea sanctions, the four vessels Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun were involved in transporting prohibited goods to North Korea.
Griffiths described the ban as an unprecedented move in UN history, the Security Council committee prohibited the ships from entering all ports in the world.
“We are doing our very best to monitor the situation and to follow up with member states who maybe have been taken advantage of by the tactics deployed by DPRK coal export entities,” Griffiths said.
According to information on VesselsValue, 9,800 dwt bulker Petrel 8 is operated by China’s Dalian Longgang Shipping and 13,500 dwt bulker Hao Fan 6 is operated by Zhejiang Haoheng Shipping. According to Equasis, Tong San 2 is owned by North Korea’s Nampho Fishery and Jie Shun is owned by another Chinese company, K Brothers Marine in Dalian.
At the end of June, Dalian-based shipping line Dalian Global Unity Shipping was blacklisted by the US for its links to North Korea.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution in August to ban North Korea from exporting a wide range of products including coal, iron, gas and cap its crude oil imports following the country’s repeated nuclear test this year.