At least 14 North Korean ships disguise themselves in international waters
At least seven pairs of DPRK ships share the same Maritime Mobile Service Identity numbers to conceal their identities
At least 14 North Korean ships appear to be hiding from authorities by obscuring their identities and locations, according to Automatic Identification System (AIS) data recently reviewed by NK Pro.
The ships are sharing Maritime Mobile Service Identity numbers (MMSIs) — which are supposed to be unique to every ship — in an effort to confuse location-based tracking and avoid the watchful eye of sanctions enforcers.
Similar to a phone number or license plate, MMSIs are unique nine-digit identification numbers used for digital communications and remote sensing equipment, such as AIS, which helps boats avoid collisions. North Korean
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