Ship owners deny knowledge

Pressure being increased on N. Korea following STS transfers.

HK-flagged vessel’s owners deny knowledge of activities with North Korea

The Guangzhou-based owners and operators of the Hong Kong-flagged product tanker that was seized by South Korean authorities for transferring oil to North Korea denied any knowledge of its activities and claimed that it was simply the charterer, local media reported.

South Korea revealed last week that the Hong Kong-registered 2014-built 11,253 dwt Lighthouse Winmore was seized and inspected by customs officials on November 24 for allegedly transferring 600 tonnes of refined petroleum products to the Sam Jong 2, a North Korean vessel in international waters in the Yellow Sea in late October.

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