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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
AN SAN 1 and a vessel of unknown nationality lying alongside each other and connecting hoses (January 18, 16:35(JST))
AN SAN 1 and a vessel of unknown nationality lying alongside each other and connecting hoses (January 18, 17:45 (JST))
AN SAN 1 (January 18, 15:20 (JST))