Despite route log data, North Korean vessel did not visit Australia
DPRK vessel appears to have engaged in spoofing
A bulk cargo vessel owned by a North Korean company did not visit an Australian port in February, an informed government source confirmed, despite route log data which showed it docking there for over a day.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) data broadcast by the “Kum Dae” – owned by the DPRK-based Korea Kumdae Shipping firm and flying under a Panamanian flag – showed the vessel to have visited Australia’s Port Hedland from China.
Its presence there, if accurate, could have represented a breach of wide-ranging unilateral Australian sanctions which ban the transfer of all goods “directly
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