April 14, 2024

Port safety inspections of North Korean ships fall in 2017: data

Decrease possibly linked to strengthening sanctions dissuading vessels from international sailing

The number of North Korean ships inspected for safety risks at overseas ports in 2017 fell by almost a third compared to the previous year, according to Tokyo MOU data.

2017 saw 245 North Korean ships in total inspected at overseas ports for safety, according to the data, compared to 322 the previous year and 294 in 2015, in a sign that a strengthening sanctions regime may be dissuading DPRK ships from going overseas.

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