UN releases two ships detained for illegal trade with North Korea

South Korea’s foreign ministry has announced that the UN sanctions committee on North Korea has approved the release of two ships detained for illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products to North Korea.

The committee approved to release the Hong Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore and South Korean ship P-Pioneer after the South Korean government submitted the request in May under the condition that the operators of the ships promised not to engage in such dealings and submit its shipping course log at the government’s request in future.

Lighthouse Winmore and P-Pioneer have been detained since November 2017 and September 2018.

Currently, another two ships involved in illegal dealings with North Korea, Koti and Talent Ace, are under review by the government.

Last month, South Korea decided to scrap oil tanker Katrin, which was suspected of breaching UN sanctions against North Korea, at the request of the ship’s owner.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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