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Singapore oil trading, bunkering firm added to US sanctions list

28 Feb 2018

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added a total of 56 shipping and trading firms to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list for conducting business with North Korea.

The action targets one individual, 27 entities, and 28 vessels located, registered, or flagged in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama, and Comoros. 

Among entities added was Singapore-based Yuk Tung Energy; the company is involved in oil trading, bunkering, and marine engineering consultancy work, according to information on its official website.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on 20 January spotted North Korean-flagged tanker Rye Song Gang 1 lying alongside Dominican-flagged 36,457 deadweight tonne (dwt) oil tanker Yuk Tung on the high sea in the East China Sea.

The vessels were “strongly” suspected of conducting ship-to-ship transfers banned by United Nations Security Council Resolution.

“Treasury is aggressively targeting all illicit avenues used by North Korea to evade sanctions, including taking decisive action to block the vessels, shipping companies, and entities across the globe that work on North Korea’s behalf,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. 

“This will significantly hinder the Kim regime’s capacity to conduct evasive maritime activities that facilitate illicit coal and fuel transports, and erode its abilities to ship goods through international waters.

“The President has made it clear to companies worldwide that if they choose to help fund North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, they will not do business with the United States.”

The following 27 entities have been added to OFAC's SDN List:

  • CHANG AN SHIPPING & TECHNOLOGY (a.k.a. CHANG AN SHIPPING AND TECHNOLOGY), Room 2105, DL1849, Trend Centre, 29-31 Cheung Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5938411 [DPRK4].
  • CHON MYONG SHIPPING CO (a.k.a. CHON MYONG SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED), Kalrimgil 2-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Saemaul 2-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5571322 [DPRK4].
  • FIRST OIL JV CO LTD, Jongbaek 1-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5963351 [DPRK4].
  • HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP, Kumsong 3-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5787684 [DPRK4].
  • HONGXIANG MARINE HONG KONG LTD, Room 1502, 15th Floor, Keen Hung Commercial Building, 80, Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5857588 [DPRK4].
  • HUAXIN SHIPPING HONGKONG LTD, Room 2105, Trend Centre, 29-31 Chueng Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5758476 [DPRK4].
  • KINGLY WON INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD., Marshall Islands; Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro MH 96960, Marshall Islands; Taiwan; 8th Floor, Number 466, Section 2, Neihu Road, Taipei, Taiwan; Commercial Registry Number 90132 (Marshall Islands) [DPRK3] (Linked To: TSANG, Yung Yuan).
  • KOREA ACHIM SHIPPING CO, Sochang-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5936312 [DPRK4].
  • KOREA ANSAN SHIPPING COMPANY (a.k.a. KOREA ANSAN SHPG CO), Pyongchon 1-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5676084 [DPRK4].
  • KOREA MYONGDOK SHIPPING CO, Chilgol 2-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5985863 [DPRK4].
  • KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING CO, Tonghung-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5954061 [DPRK4].
  • KOREA SAMMA SHPG CO (a.k.a. KOREA SAMMA SHIPPING CO), Rakrang 3-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5145892 [DPRK4].
  • KOREA UNPHA SHIPPING & TRADING (a.k.a. KOREA UNPHA SHIPPING AND TRADING), Puksong-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 6005935 [DPRK4].
  • KOREA YUJONG SHIPPING CO LTD, Puksong 2-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5434358 [DPRK4].
  • KOTI CORP, Panama City, Panama; Company Number IMO 5982254 [DPRK4].
  • LIBERTY SHIPPING CO LTD, Room D, 3rd Floor, Thomson Commercial Building, 8-10 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5513586 [DPRK4].
  • MYOHYANG SHIPPING CO, Kumsong 3-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5988369 [DPRK4].
  • PAEKMA SHIPPING CO, Care of First Oil JV Co Ltd, Jongbaek 1-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5999479 [DPRK4].
  • PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE (a.k.a. PHYONGCHON SHIPPING AND MARINE), Otan-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5878561 [DPRK4].
  • POCHON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT (a.k.a. POCHON SHIPPING AND MANAGEMENT), Sonnae-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5990271 [DPRK4].
  • PRO-GAIN GROUP CORPORATION, 8th Floor, Number 466, Section 2, Neihu Road, Taipei, Taiwan; Le Sanalele Complex, Ground Floor, Vaea Street, Saleufi, Apia, Samoa; Taiwan; Samoa [DPRK3] (Linked To: TSANG, Yung Yuan).
  • SHANGHAI DONGFENG SHPG CO LTD, Room 601, 433, Chifeng Lu, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai 200083, China; Company Number IMO 5721069 [DPRK4].
  • SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHPG, Unit 503, 5th Floor, Silvercord Tower 2, 30, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5604962 [DPRK4].
  • SONGWON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT (a.k.a. SONGWON SHIPPING AND MANAGEMENT), Somun-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5990268 [DPRK4].
  • TONGHUNG SHIPPING & TRADING CO (a.k.a. TONGHUNG SHIPPING AND TRADING CO), Kinmaul-dong, Moranbong-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 1991835 [DPRK4].
  • WEIHAI WORLD-SHIPPING FREIGHT, 419-201, Tongyi Lu, Huancui Qu, Weihai, Shandong 264200, China; Company Number IMO 5905801 [DPRK4].
  • YUK TUNG ENERGY PTE LTD, 17-22, UOB Plaza 2, Raffles Place 048624, Singapore; Company Number IMO 5987860 [DPRK4].

The following 28 vessels have been added to OFAC's SDN List:

  • AN SAN 1 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7303803 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA ANSAN SHIPPING COMPANY).
  • ASIA BRIDGE 1 8,015DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8916580 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HUAXIN SHIPPING HONGKONG LTD).
  • CHON MA SAN Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8660313 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA ACHIM SHIPPING CO).
  • CHON MYONG 1 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8712362 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: CHONMYONG SHIPPING CO).
  • DONG FENG 6 5,515DWT Tanzania flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9008201 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SHANGHAI DONGFENG SHPG CO LTD).
  • HAO FAN 2 11,658DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8747604 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHPG).
  • HAO FAN 6 13,500DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8628597 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHPG).
  • HAP JANG GANG 6 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9066540 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP).
  • HUA FU 10,030DWT Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9020003 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: CHANG AN SHIPPING & TECHNOLOGY).
  • JI SONG 6 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8898740 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE).
  • JI SONG 8 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8503228 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE).
  • KOTI Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9417115 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOTI CORP).
  • KUM GANG 3 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8966535 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA UNPHA SHIPPING & TRADING).
  • NAM SAN 8 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8122347 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP).
  • ORIENTAL TREASURE 9,038DWT Comoros flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9115028 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HONGXIANG MARINE HONG KONG LTD).
  • PAEK MA Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9066978 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PAEKMA SHIPPING CO; Linked To: FIRST OIL JV CO LTD).
  • PO CHON Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8848276 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: POCHON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT).
  • SAM JONG 1 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8405311 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING CO).
  • SAM JONG 2 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7408873 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING CO).
  • SAM MA 2 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8106496 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA SAMMA SHPG CO).
  • SONG WON Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8613360 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SONGWON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT).
  • TONG HUNG 5 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8151415 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: TONGHUNG SHIPPING & TRADING CO).
  • WOORY STAR Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8408595 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE).
  • XIN GUANG HAI 7,067DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9004700 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: WEIHAI WORLD-SHIPPING FREIGHT).
  • YU JONG 2 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8604917 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA YUJONG SHIPPING CO LTD).
  • YU PHYONG 5 Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8605026 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA MYONGDOK SHIPPING CO).
  • YU SON Democratic People's Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8691702 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: MYOHYANG SHIPPING CO).
  • YUK TUNG; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9030591 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: YUK TUNG ENERGY PTE LTD).

Photo credit: Ministry of Defense (Japan)
Published: 28 February, 2018

 

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