Unusually quiet ports before and after North Korea’s major Oct. 10 holiday
Chinese fishing season dominates the DPRK’s west coast, but at least one very suspicious vessel was spotted in the east
North Korean ports remained quiet in the immediate aftermath of the nation’s most important holiday on Oct. 10, according to Automatic Identification System data analyzed by NK Pro.
In late July, the DPRK officially stopped almost all maritime activity to ensure a COVID-19-free national holiday. Analysis of AIS data from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 shows that, while its domestic fleet has been quiet, the ban hasn’t stopped the activities of North Korea-linked foreign vessels.
The North Korean fleet itself has largely been off AIS data through mid-October, with only intermittent pings from two ships
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