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South Korea government releases DPRK sanctioned bunker tankers

03 Jul 2019

Two vessels, namely Lighthouse Winmore and P-Pioneer, earlier involved in sanction ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer activities with North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), have been released, says a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea spokesman.

The ministry made an application for the release of both vessels in May to the U.N. North Korea sanctions committee; they were following released under a U.N. Security Council Resolution that prevents the vessels from repeating sanctioned activities.

The Hong Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore, a tanker chartered by Billions Bunker Group, was found allegedly delivering either fuel oil or marine gas oil to a North Korean vessel has been detained in late 2017.

The South Korean-flagged bunker tanker P-Pioneer has been detained at the Port of Busan since October 2018.

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Photo credit: MarineTraffic / iwan afwan
Published: 3 July, 2019


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