Suspicion of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods by AN SAN 1, North Korean-flagged tanker, and vessel of unknown nationality
24 January 2019
Japan Ministry of Defense
The original text is in Japanese.
- In the afternoon on January 18 2019, a AOE 'OUMI'(Replenishment at Sea Squadron 1: Sasebo) of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force found that AN SAN 1 (IMO number: 7303803), North Korean-flagged tanker, was lying alongside a vessel of unknown nationality on the high sea (around 410km south offshore of Shanghai) in the East China Sea.
- Judging from the fact that the two vessels lay alongside each other and connected hoses, both vessels could have been engaged in some type of activity. Following a comprehensive assessment, the Government of Japan strongly suspects that they conducted ship-to-ship transfers banned by UNSCR(*).
In March 2018, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to Resolution 1718 designated AN SAN 1 as a vessel subject to assets freeze and prohibited from port entry.
(*) [Reference] Ship-to-ship transfers banned by UNSCR: transfers of goods or items to or from DPRK-flagged vessels at sea