The Russia-flagged 1,192 dwt oil tanker Tantal, owned by Vladivostok-based company PrimPortBunker, has allegedly delivered fuel to Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) vessels on at least four occasions between October 2017 and May 2018, its crew members told Reuters.
The two unidentified crew claimed the vessel stated its destination to be Ningbo port, China and conducted the ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of fuel to DPRK vessels without its transponder working; the device is operational whenever the Tantal returns near a Russian port.
A crew member recalled the Tantal delivering fuel to the North Korean tanker Chon Moyng-1 on an occasion.
PrimPortBunker is currently undergoing through bankruptcy proceedings initiated by the Russian tax service at a Vladivostok court.
The Chon Moyng-1 is among vessels blacklisted by the United Nations (UN) Security Council due to illegal business relations with North Korea.
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Photo credit: MarineTraffic / T.K.S
Published: 27 February, 2019
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