July 06, 2022

State of limbo: the uncertain fate of the Lighthouse Winmore

The ship, accused of engaging in illicit oil transfers with North Korea, serves as a cautionary tale

The future of the Lighthouse Winmore, an oil tanker registered in Hong Kong, remains unclear after a Hong Kong court declined a request by the vessel’s owner to compel the Marine Department to intervene in its future.

The Lighthouse Winmore was initially detained in the South Korean port city of Yeosu in November 2017 and was officially seized in December 2017 by South Korean authorities for suspected violations of United Nations sanctions.