It was confirmed on the 4th that the nationality of a ship from a third country that had left Busan was changed to a ship of North Korean nationality five months after entering North Korea, Voice of America (VOA) reported on the 4th.
According to information from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and ‘Marine Traffic’, the ship location information site cited by VOA, the North Korean cargo ship ‘Gyeongseong 3’, which was captured in Nampo, North Korea last month, was flagged by third country in Nampo, North Korea in August It was confirmed that the ‘Anniho’ entered the port with the .
After being built in 2009, the Gyeongseong 3 was operated as a Chinese ship, the ‘Ryonggang 1’, and in April, it was changed to the ‘Anni’, a ship in the Pacific island nation of Niue. The owner also changed to ‘Wuzhou Shipping’ registered in the Marshall Islands. VOA estimated that Wuzhou Shipping is a Chinese company.
In particular, it is worth noting that Busan is the last point of departure of the Anni. According to data from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the ship Anni entered the Port of Busan at around 2 pm on June 25 and departed at 7:30 pm. At that time, the Anni’s destination was ‘Ardal y Cefnfor’ (OC), which means the great seas, and no traces of stopping by other places since then have been revealed.
As for the process by which the Anni became a North Korean ship, VOA raised the possibility that North Korea bought the Anni or that Wuzhou Shipping was a North Korean covert company from the start. Or, Wuzhou Shipping may have acted as a broker in the middle.
Selling ships to North Korea is in violation of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea. The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2231 on North Korea in 2016 to prevent UN member states from selling or buying ships to North Korea. However, it is understood that North Korea continues to buy second-hand ships by instigating secret companies.
(Seoul = News 1)