N. Korean cargo ship moves between Chinese, DPRK coal facilities

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  1. Osmanovic

    Osmanovic 1st Lieutenant

    Jan 29, 2016
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    A North Korean ship sailed between Chinese and North Korean coal terminals last week, data from the NK Pro vessel tracker and satellite imagery shows, despite the Chinese government having banned imports of DPRK coal for the remainder of 2017.

    While the direction of the trade is difficult to ascertain conclusively, data from Marine Traffic indicates the vessel was sitting lower in the water while in China than on the return to North Korea, implying the ship was offloading cargo.

    Chinese trade statistics also show that, historically, coal exports from Hebei Province – where Tangshan is located – to North Korea are very uncommon, with the last shipment in July 2013.


    The Mi Yang 5’s destination in China (ship pictured is not the Mi Yang 5) I Image: Google Earth


    The Mi Yang 5’s destination in North Korea I Image: Google Earth


    The nearby coal depot: Image: Google Earth

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    I wonder if this was a smuggling incident or something more serious, one cargo ship isn't enough to say that the Chinese government is not enforcing its coal ban on North Korea.
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