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UN Security Council: 22 shipping firms, 27 vessels blacklisted

Provides details of fuel oil transfer operations, cover-up, between tankers; Singapore oil and bunkering firm involved.

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The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday (30 March) added several entries to its sanctions list due to illegal business relations with North Korea.

The list of the entities and vessels are below:

A. Individual

  1. TSANG YUNG YUAN
    1. Description: Tsang Yung Yuan has coordinated North Korean coal exports with a North Korean broker operating in a third country, and he has a history of other sanctions evasion activities.
    2. AKA: Neil Tsang, Yun Yuan Tsang
    3. Identifiers: DOB: October 20, 1957; Passport No: 302001581

B. Entities

  1. CHANG AN SHIPPING & TECHNOLOGY
    1. Description: Registered owner, ship manager, and commercial manager of Panama-flagged vessel HUA FU, a cargo ship that loaded DPRK coal at Najin, DPRK on September 24, 2017.
    2. AKA: CHANG AN SHIPPING AND TECHNOLOGY
    3. Location: Room 2105, DL1849, Trend Centre, 29-31 Cheung Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China
  2. CHONMYONG SHIPPING CO
    1. Description: Registered owner of CHON MYONG 1, a DPRK-flagged vessel that conducted ship-to-ship transfer of fuel in late December 2017.
    2. AKA: CHON MYONG SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED
    3. Locations: Kalrimgil 2-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK; Saemaul 2-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  3. FIRST OIL JV CO LTD
    1. Description: Owner of the DPRK tanker PAEK MA, which was involved in ship to ship transfer operations for oil in mid-January 2018.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Jongbaek 1-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  4. HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP
    1. Description: Registered owner of the DPRK tanker NAM SAN 8, which is believed to have been involved in ship to ship transfer operations for oil, and owner of vessel HAP JANG GANG 6.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Kumsong 3-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  5. HUAXIN SHIPPING HONGKONG LTD
    1. Description: Ship and commercial manager of the ASIA BRIDGE 1. Hong Kong-owned vessel, the probable “ASIA BRIDGE 1” was instructed on October 19, 2017 by Huaxin Shipping to make preparations for entry into Nampo, DPRK to receive a shipment of coal bound for Vietnam.  The “ASIA BRIDGE 1” was instructed by an unidentified employee of Huaxin Shipping Ltd. to make preparations to receive 8,000 metric tons of coal and then sail to Cam Pha, Vietnam.  The master of the vessel was instructed to cover the ship’s name and other markings using canvas while in port at Nampo. 
    2. AKA: ????(??)????
    3. Location: Room 2105, Trend Centre, 29-31 Chueng Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China
  6. KINGLY WON INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    1. Description: In 2017, Tsang Yung Yuan (aka Neil Tsang) and Kingly Won attempted to engage in an oil deal valued at over $1 million with a petroleum company in a third country to illicitly transfer to the DPRK. Kingly Won acted as a broker for that petroleum company and a Chinese company that reached out to Kingly Won to purchase marine oil on its behalf.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro MH 96960, Marshall Islands
  7.  KOREA ACHIM SHIPPING CO
    1. Description: Registered owner of DPRK tanker CHON MA SAN. DPRK-flagged CHON MA SAN prepared for likely ship to ship transfer operations in late January 2018. The master of the DPRK-flagged motor tanker YU JONG 2 reported on November 18, 2017 to an unidentified DPRK-based controller that the vessel was avoiding a storm in advance of a ship to ship transfer.  The master suggested that the YU JONG 2 load fuel oil before the DPRK-flagged tanker CHON MA SAN since the CHON MA SAN’s larger size was better suited to conduct ship to ship transfers in a storm.  After the CHON MA SAN loaded fuel oil from a vessel, the YU JONG 2 loaded 1,168 kiloliters of fuel oil on November 19, 2017 through a ship to ship transfer operation.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Sochang-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  8. KOREA ANSAN SHIPPING COMPANY
    1. Description: Registered owner of DPRK tanker AN SAN 1 believed to have been involved in ship to ship transfer operations for oil.
    2. AKA: KOREA ANSAN SHPG COMPANY
    3. Location: Pyongchon 1-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  9. KOREA MYONGDOK SHIPPING CO
    1. Description: Registered owner of the YU PHYONG 5.  In late November 2017, the YU PHYONG 5 conducted a ship-to-ship transfer of 1,721 metric tons of fuel oil.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Chilgol 2-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  10. KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING
    1. Description: Registered owner of DPRK tankers SAM JONG 1 and SAM JONG 2.  Both vessels are believed to have imported refined petroleum to DPRK in violation of UN sanctions in late January 2018. 
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Tonghung-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  11. KOREA SAMMA SHIPPING CO.
    1. Description: A DPRK-flagged tanker, SAM MA 2 owned by Korea Samma Shipping Company, conducted a ship-to-ship transfer of oil and fabricated documents in mid-October 2017, loading almost 1,600 metric tons of fuel oil in one transaction.  The ship master was instructed to erase SAMMA SHIPPING and the Korean words found on the ship’s seal and instead put “Hai Xin You 606” To mask its identity as a DPRK vessel.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Rakrang 3-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  12. KOREA YUJONG SHIPPING CO LTD
    1. Description: Registered owner of the DPRK tanker YU JONG 2, which loaded 1,168 kiloliters of fuel oil on November 19, 2017 through a ship to ship transfer operation.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Puksong 2-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK; Company Number IMO 5434358
  13. KOTI CORP
    1. Description: Ship manager and commercial manager of the Panama-flagged vessel KOTI, which conducted ship-to-ship transfers of likely petroleum product to the DPRK-flagged KUM UN SAN 3 on December 9, 2017.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Panama City, Panama
  14. MYOHYANG SHIPPING CO
    1. Description: Ship manager of DPRK oil products tanker YU SON, which is believed to have been involved in ship to ship transfer operations for oil.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Kumsong 3-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  15. PAEKMA SHIPPING CO
    1. Description: Registered owner of the DPRK tanker PAEK MA, which was involved in ship to ship transfer operations for oil in mid-January 2018.
    2. AKA: Care of First Oil JV Co Ltd
    3. Location: Jongbaek 1-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  16. PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE
    1. Description: Registered owner of DPRK tanker JI SONG 6, which is believed to have been involved in ship to ship transfer operations of oil in late January 2018.  The company also owns vessels JI SONG 8 and WOORY STAR.
    2. AKA: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING AND MARINE
    3. Location: Otan-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, DPRK
  17. PRO-GAIN GROUP CORPORATION
    1. Description: Company owned or controlled by Tsang Yung Yuan and involved in illicit transfers of DPRK coal.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Le Sanalele Complex, Ground Floor, Vaea Street, Saleufi, Apia, Samoa
  18. SHANGHAI DONGFENG SHIPPING CO LTD
    1. Description: Registered owner, ship and commercial manager of the DONG FENG 6, a vessel that loaded coal at Hamhung, DPRK on July 11, 2017 for export in violation of UN sanctions.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: Room 601, 433, Chifeng Lu, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai, 200083, China
  19. SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
    1. Description: Ship and commercial manager of HAO FAN 2 and HAO FAN 6, St Kitts-Nevis-flagged vessels.  The HAO FAN 6 loaded coal at Nampo, DPRK on August 27, 2017.  HAO FAN 2 loaded North Korean coal at Nampo, DPRK on June 3, 2017.
    2. AKA: ??????????
    3. Location: Unit 503, 5th Floor, Silvercord Tower 2, 30, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  20. WEIHAI WORLD-SHIPPING FREIGHT
    1. Description: Ship and commercial manager of the XIN GUANG HAI, a vessel that on loaded coal at Taean, DPRK on October 27, 2017 and had an ETA of November 14, 2017 to Cam Pha, Vietnam, but it did not arrive and instead went to Port Klang, Malaysia on December 18, 2017.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: 419-201, Tongyi Lu, Huancui Qu, Weihai, Shandong 264200, China
  21. YUK TUNG ENERGY PTE LTD
    1. Description: Ship manager and commercial manager of the YUK TUNG, which conducted ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum product.
    2. AKA: n/a
    3. Location: 17-22, UOB Plaza 2, Raffles Place, Singapore 048624, Singapore

C. Vessels

I. Vessels subject to assets freeze pursuant to paragraph 12 of resolution 2321 (2016) and prohibited from port entry pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2371 (2017):

CHON MYONG 1         (IMO number: 8712362)
AN SAN 1             (IMO number: 7303803)
YU PHYONG 5          (IMO number: 8605026)
SAM JONG 1           (IMO number: 8405311)
SAM JONG 2           (IMO number: 7408873)
SAM MA 2             (IMO number: 8106496)
YU JONG 2            (IMO number: 8604917)
PAEK MA              (IMO number: 9066978)
JI SONG 6            (IMO number: 8898740)
CHON MA SAN          (IMO number: 8660313)
NAM SAN 8            (IMO number: 8122347)
YU SON               (IMO number: 8691702)
WOORY STAR           (IMO number: 8408595)

II. Vessels subject to assets freeze pursuant to paragraphs 8(d) of resolution 1718 (2006) and 12 of resolution 2270 (2016) as economic resources owned by Phyongchon Shipping & Marine and Hapjanggang Shipping Corp, entities designated for assets freeze:

JI SONG 8             (IMO number: 8503228)
HAP JANG GANG 6       (IMO number: 9066540)

III. Vessels subject to de-flagging pursuant to paragraph 12 of resolution 2321 (2016) and prohibited from port entry pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2371 (2017):

ASIA BRIDGE 1         (IMO number: 8916580)
XIN GUANG HAI         (IMO number: 9004700)
HUA FU                (IMO number: 9020003)
YUK TUNG              (IMO number: 9030591)
KOTI                  (IMO number: 9417115)
DONG FENG 6           (IMO number: 9008201)
HAO FAN 2             (IMO number: 8747604)
HAO FAN 6             (IMO number: 8628597)
JIN HYE               (IMO number: 8518572)
FAN KE                (IMO number: 8914934)
WAN HENG 11           (IMO number: 8791667)
MIN NING DE YOU 078   (IMO number: does not exist)

Related: Singapore oil trading, bunkering firm added to US sanctions list

Photo credit: United Nations
Published: 2 April, 2018

 

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard said vessels were transporting various quantities of oil cargo: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Tuesday (20 February) said it seized a total of about 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil in an operation. 

Patrol boats belonging to Coast Guard Region 4 Command detected two fishing boats – KG-91487- DR and KG-91602-TS – displaying several suspicious signs.

Initial investigations found all vessels without invoices and documents proving legal origin of the oil material.

The vessels were transporting various quantities of oil material: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

The authorities made records of administrative violations,and escorted the vessels to Fleet Port 422 in Phú Quốc city, Kiên Giang province for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Xihe Holdings liquidators issue intended dividend notice to creditors

Creditors will need to produce proofs of debt to liquidators of the company by 8 March 2024 at 5pm, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A notice to declare intended dividend of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd to its creditors has been posted on Singapore’s Government Gazette on Friday (16 February). 

Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

Details of the notice of intended dividend are as follows:

Name of Company : Xihe Holdings (Pte) Ltd (In Liquidation)

Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 199002021M

Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore 018960

Court : High Court of Singapore

Number of Matter : HC/CWU 40/2022

Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 8 March 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected] 

Name of Liquidators : Seshadri Rajagopalan, Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee

Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1

Singapore 018960

 

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Published: 21 February, 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

Three men, aged 32 to 40, were suspected to be involved in smuggling the subsidised oil estimated to be 6,000 litres, worth almost MYR 13,000 (USD 2,712).

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Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (19 February) said it detained a fishing vessel and three local men who were onboard after they allegedly tried to smuggle 6,000 litres of diesel worth MYR 13,000 (USD 2,712) on 18 February. 

In the 11pm incident, the men, aged 32 to 40, onboard the ship were found with the diesel at 0.6 nautical miles north of Pulau Langgun, Langkawi. 

“During the inspection of the boat in question, officers found there was an additional space on the deck and covered with plywood in the intention of hiding it from authorities,” said MMEA. 

Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

“Officers then proceeded to dismantle the plywood and found two storage containers that were converted into extra oil barrels.”

“As a result of that discovery, the suspects are suspected to be involved in smuggling subsidised oil estimated to be 6,000 litres, worth almost MYR 13,000.”

MMEA detained the fishing vessel and men before they were brought to Bukit Malut Maritime Jetty for further investigations.

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 20 February, 2024

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