June 02, 2020

Panama details North Korea sanctions enforcement in maritime sector
Panama says it deregistered nine vessels from its maritime registry over sanctions concerns

The Panamanian Government deregistered nine vessels from its merchant registry in order to comply with UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions, according to the country's most recent national implementation report uploaded online this week.

The report, dated November 30, specifically pertains to UNSC Resolution 2397, which was passed unanimously by the council on December 22, 2017. Paragraph 12 of the resolution decides that member states "shall de-register any vessel it has reasonable grounds to believe was involved in activities, or the transport of items," prohibited by existing resolutions.