September 30, 2023

Tanker tied to North Korean oil smuggling spoofed scrapped vessel: UN report

Investigators say Diamond 8’s latest identity also connected to other ships scrapped after moving fuel for Pyongyang

An oil tanker implicated in several investigations into North Korean sanctions evasions has continued to fraudulently assume the identities of other vessels in a bid to dupe investigators, a forthcoming U.N. report seen by NK News shows. 

This time around, the 9,200-ton oil tanker Diamond 8 (IMO 9132612) tried to pass itself as a ship that had been in a Southeast Asian scrapyard for a year.