North Korea-linked tankers see increased activity in May
Uptick may be part of efforts to evade U.N. sanction restrictions on refined petroleum
North Korea-linked shipping activities in May were marked by an increase in the voyages of fuel-carrying tankers and bicoastal trips.
At least 25 ships were detected making DPRK-related voyages from May 1 to May 25, according to NK Pro analysis of Automatic Identification System (AIS) ship-tracking data. Ships are meant to broadcast AIS signals in order to help nearby vessels avoid collision, but those conducting North Korean operations — both DPRK-flagged and foreign-owned — have become adept at tampering with their AIS to avoid tracking.
Significantly, at least six of the detected ships were classified as tankers. The rise in
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