October 01, 2023

Dalian-based network linked to North Korean ship reflagging efforts: report

Royal United Services Institute details network’s links to DPRK sanctions evasion

North Korea has long been known to reflag and shuffle ownership and management of its vessels as part of efforts to evade international sanctions, and a new report published Thursday offers new evidence as to how these actions are being facilitated.

The report, published by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) as part of its Project Sandstone series, spotlights three Dalian-based Chinese individuals and their positions as powerful maritime surveyors with connections to North Korea.