February 23, 2018: OFAC designates swaths of DPRK people, companies and cargo vessels

Today, OFAC sanctioned the following person: 

TSANG, Yung Yuan (Chinese Traditional: 張永源) (a.k.a. TSANG, Neil; a.k.a. TSANG, Niel; a.k.a. TSANG, Yun Yuan), 8th Floor, Number 466, Sec. 2, Neihu Road, Taipei, Taiwan; DOB 20 Oct 1957; Gender Male; Passport 302001581 (Taiwan) (individual) [DPRK3].

entities: 

CHANG AN SHIPPING & TECHNOLOGY (Chinese Traditional: 長安海連技術有限公司) (a.k.a. CHANG AN SHIPPING AND TECHNOLOGY), Room 2105, DL1849, Trend Centre, 29-31 Cheung Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5938411 [DPRK4].

CHONMYONG SHIPPING CO (a.k.a. CHON MYONG SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED), Kalrimgil 2-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Saemaul 2-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5571322 [DPRK4].

FIRST OIL JV CO LTD, Jongbaek 1-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5963351 [DPRK4].

HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP, Kumsong 3-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5787684 [DPRK4].

HONGXIANG MARINE HONG KONG LTD (Chinese Traditional: 鴻祥海運(香港)有限公司), Room 1502, 15th Floor, Keen Hung Commercial Building, 80, Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5857588 [DPRK4].

HUAXIN SHIPPING HONGKONG LTD (Chinese Traditional: 華信船務(香港)有限公司), Room 2105, Trend Centre, 29-31 Chueng Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5758476 [DPRK4].

KINGLY WON INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD., Marshall Islands; Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro MH 96960, Marshall Islands; Taiwan; 8th Floor, Number 466, Section 2, Neihu Road, Taipei, Taiwan; Commercial Registry Number 90132 (Marshall Islands) [DPRK3] (Linked To: TSANG, Yung Yuan).

KOREA ACHIM SHIPPING CO, Sochang-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5936312 [DPRK4].

KOREA ANSAN SHIPPING COMPANY (a.k.a. KOREA ANSAN SHPG CO), Pyongchon 1-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5676084 [DPRK4].

KOREA MYONGDOK SHIPPING CO, Chilgol 2-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5985863 [DPRK4].

KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING CO, Tonghung-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5954061 [DPRK4].

KOREA SAMMA SHPG CO (a.k.a. KOREA SAMMA SHIPPING CO), Rakrang 3-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5145892 [DPRK4].

KOREA UNPHA SHIPPING & TRADING (a.k.a. KOREA UNPHA SHIPPING AND TRADING), Puksong-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 6005935 [DPRK4].

KOREA YUJONG SHIPPING CO LTD, Puksong 2-dong, Pyongchon-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5434358 [DPRK4].

KOTI CORP, Panama City, Panama; Company Number IMO 5982254 [DPRK4].

LIBERTY SHIPPING CO LTD (Chinese Traditional: 利百船務有限公司), Room D, 3rd Floor, Thomson Commercial Building, 8-10 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5513586 [DPRK4].

MYOHYANG SHIPPING CO, Kumsong 3-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5988369 [DPRK4].

PAEKMA SHIPPING CO, Care of First Oil JV Co Ltd, Jongbaek 1-dong, Rakrang-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5999479 [DPRK4].

PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE (a.k.a. PHYONGCHON SHIPPING AND MARINE), Otan-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5878561 [DPRK4].

POCHON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT (a.k.a. POCHON SHIPPING AND MANAGEMENT), Sonnae-dong, Mangyongdae-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5990271 [DPRK4].

PRO-GAIN GROUP CORPORATION, 8th Floor, Number 466, Section 2, Neihu Road, Taipei, Taiwan; Le Sanalele Complex, Ground Floor, Vaea Street, Saleufi, Apia, Samoa; Taiwan; Samoa [DPRK3] (Linked To: TSANG, Yung Yuan).

SHANGHAI DONGFENG SHPG CO LTD, Room 601, 433, Chifeng Lu, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai 200083, China; Company Number IMO 5721069 [DPRK4].

SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHPG (Chinese Traditional: 沈忠國際海運有限公司), Unit 503, 5th Floor, Silvercord Tower 2, 30, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China; Company Number IMO 5604962 [DPRK4].

SONGWON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT (a.k.a. SONGWON SHIPPING AND MANAGEMENT), Somun-dong, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 5990268 [DPRK4].

TONGHUNG SHIPPING & TRADING CO (a.k.a. TONGHUNG SHIPPING AND TRADING CO), Kinmaul-dong, Moranbong-guyok, Pyongyang, Korea, North; Company Number IMO 1991835 [DPRK4].

WEIHAI WORLD-SHIPPING FREIGHT, 419-201, Tongyi Lu, Huancui Qu, Weihai, Shandong 264200, China; Company Number IMO 5905801 [DPRK4].

YUK TUNG ENERGY PTE LTD, 17-22, UOB Plaza 2, Raffles Place 048624, Singapore; Company Number IMO 5987860 [DPRK4].

and cargo vessels: 

AN SAN 1 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7303803 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA ANSAN SHIPPING COMPANY).

ASIA BRIDGE 1 8,015DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8916580 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HUAXIN SHIPPING HONGKONG LTD).

CHON MA SAN Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8660313 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA ACHIM SHIPPING CO).

CHON MYONG 1 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8712362 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: CHONMYONG SHIPPING CO).

DONG FENG 6 5,515DWT Tanzania flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9008201 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SHANGHAI DONGFENG SHPG CO LTD).

HAO FAN 2 11,658DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8747604 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHPG).

HAO FAN 6 13,500DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8628597 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SHEN ZHONG INTERNATIONAL SHPG).

HAP JANG GANG 6 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9066540 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP).

HUA FU 10,030DWT Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9020003 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: CHANG AN SHIPPING & TECHNOLOGY).

JI SONG 6 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8898740 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE).

JI SONG 8 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8503228 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE).

KOTI Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9417115 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOTI CORP).

KUM GANG 3 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8966535 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA UNPHA SHIPPING & TRADING).

NAM SAN 8 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8122347 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HAPJANGGANG SHIPPING CORP).

ORIENTAL TREASURE 9,038DWT Comoros flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9115028 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: HONGXIANG MARINE HONG KONG LTD).

PAEK MA Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9066978 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PAEKMA SHIPPING CO; Linked To: FIRST OIL JV CO LTD).

PO CHON Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8848276 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: POCHON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT).

SAM JONG 1 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8405311 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING CO).

SAM JONG 2 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7408873 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA SAMJONG SHIPPING CO).

SAM MA 2 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8106496 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA SAMMA SHPG CO).

SONG WON Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8613360 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: SONGWON SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT).

TONG HUNG 5 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8151415 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: TONGHUNG SHIPPING & TRADING CO).

WOORY STAR Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8408595 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: PHYONGCHON SHIPPING & MARINE).

XIN GUANG HAI 7,067DWT; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9004700 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: WEIHAI WORLD-SHIPPING FREIGHT).

YU JONG 2 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8604917 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA YUJONG SHIPPING CO LTD).

YU PHYONG 5 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8605026 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: KOREA MYONGDOK SHIPPING CO).

YU SON Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8691702 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: MYOHYANG SHIPPING CO). 

YUK TUNG; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9030591 (vessel) [DPRK4] (Linked To: YUK TUNG ENERGY PTE LTD). 

under the North Korea sanctions program.

Here is the Treasury Department’s press release about the designations:

Treasury Announces Largest North Korean Sanctions Package Targeting 56 Shipping and Trading Companies and Vessels to Further Isolate Rogue Regime

 
FEBRUARY 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the largest North Korea-related sanctions tranche to date, aimed at disrupting North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels to further isolate the regime and advance the U.S. maximum pressure campaign.  Today’s action targets one individual, 27 entities, and 28 vessels located, registered, or flagged in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama, and Comoros.  Today, Treasury, along with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Coast Guard, also issued an advisory alerting the public to the significant sanctions risks to those continuing to enable shipments of goods to and from North Korea.

“Treasury is aggressively targeting all illicit avenues used by North Korea to evade sanctions, including taking decisive action to block the vessels, shipping companies, and entities across the globe that work on North Korea’s behalf.  This will significantly hinder the Kim regime’s capacity to conduct evasive maritime activities that facilitate illicit coal and fuel transports, and erode its abilities to ship goods through international waters,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  “The President has made it clear to companies worldwide that if they choose to help fund North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, they will not do business with the United States.”

These designations are consistent with the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act of 2016 as well as the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which provide broad designation criteria for certain trade and for providing certain shipping- and vessel-related services.

As a result of today’s action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within the United States must be blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from dealing with any of the designated parties.

 

OFAC ISSUES GLOBAL SHIPPING ADVISORY

In addition to sanctions, OFAC issued a global shipping advisory today, in consultation with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard, to alert persons of the significant sanctions risks to those continuing to enable shipments of goods to and from North Korea.  The advisory also alerts industries to North Korea’s deceptive shipping practices. Advisory provided.

North Korea is known to employ deceptive shipping practices including, but not limited to, falsifying and concealing information displayed on North Korean vessels and conducting ship-to-ship transfers, a practice prohibited by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2375 of September 11, 2017.  For example, the following images depict deceptive North Korean practices.  The first image, taken on December 6, 2017, depicts the U.S.-designated North Korean vessel KUM UN SAN 3 falsifying its vessel information.  The second image, taken on December 9, 2017, depicts recent attempts by the same North Korean vessel to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, with the Panama-flagged KOTI in an effort to evade sanctions.  Additional images.

 

 

 

 

THIRD-COUNTRY SHIPPING AND OIL TARGETS

Today, OFAC sanctioned nine international shipping companies and nine of their vessels pursuant to E.O. 13810.  The following vessels have been used to export coal from North Korea or to engage in UN-prohibited ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products.  The regime has been known to use coal export revenues to fund its weapons of mass destruction and missile programs.  These vessels are capable of carrying over $5.5 million worth of coal at a time:

  • HUA FU, Panama-flagged
  • ORIENTAL TREASURE, Comoros-flagged
  • ASIA BRIDGE 1
  • DONG FENG 6, Tanzania-flagged
  • HAO FAN 2
  • HAO FAN 6
  • XIN GUANG HAI
  • KOTI, Panama-flagged
  • YUK TUNG

 

The full list of international companies designated by OFAC today is:

  • Shandong, China-based Weihai World-Shipping Freight and Shanghai, China-based Shanghai Dongfeng Shipping Co Ltd;
  • Hong Kong-based shipping companies Liberty Shipping Co Ltd, Chang An Shipping & Technology, Hongxiang Marine Hong Kong Ltd, Shen Zhong International Shipping Ltd, and Huaxin Shipping HongKong Ltd;
  • Singapore-based Yuk Tung Energy Private Limited; and
  • Panama-based M.T. Koti Corporation.

OFAC also designated Taiwan citizen Tsang Yung Yuan pursuant to E.O. 13722.  Tsang has coordinated North Korean coal exports with a Russia-based North Korean broker, and he has a history of other sanctions evasion activities.  OFAC also designated two entities, Taiwan-based Pro-Gain Group Corporation and Taiwan and Marshall Islands-based Kingly Won International Co., Ltd., pursuant to E.O. 13722 for being owned or controlled by Tsang.  In 2017, Tsang and Kingly Won attempted to engage in an oil deal valued at over $1 million with the Russian firm Independent Petroleum Company, which OFAC designated in 2017 pursuant to E.O. 13722 for operating in the energy industry in the North Korean economy.

 

NORTH KOREAN SHIPPING AND TRADING COMPANIES

OFAC designated the following 16 North Korean shipping companies pursuant to E.O. 13810 for operating in the transportation industry in North Korea and blocked 19 of their North Korean-flagged vessels:

  • Chonmyong Shipping Company Limited and its oil tanker CHON MYONG 1;
  • Hapjanggang Shipping and its crude oil tanker NAM SAN 8 and general cargo ship HAP JANG GANG 6; 
  • Korea Achim Shipping Co and its products tanker CHON MA SAN; 
  • Korea Ansan Shipping Company and its chemical tanker AN SAN 1; 
  • Korea Unpha Shipping & Trading and its products tanker KUM GANG 3;
  • Korea Myongdok Shipping and its products tanker YU PHYONG 5.   In late November 2017, the YU PHYONG 5 conducted a ship-to-ship transfer of 1,721 metric tons of fuel oil;
  • Korea Samjong Shipping, its crude oil tanker SAM JONG 1, and its chemical/oil products tanker SAM JONG 2;
  • Korea Samma Shpg Co and its oil products tanker SAM MA 2.  The beneficial owner of the SAM MA 2 is the Government of North Korea.  In November 2017, the SAM MA 2 conducted a ship-to-ship transfer, loading 1,219 metric tons of fuel oil from a Russian vessel;
  • Korea Yujong Shipping Co Ltd and its oil products tanker YU JONG 2;
  • Paekma Shipping Co and First Oil JV Co Ltd. and their oil products tanker PAEK MA. 
  • Phyongchon Shipping & Marine, its bunkering tanker JI SONG 6, and its general cargo ships the JI SONG 8 and WOORY STAR;
  • Pochon Shipping & Management and its products tanker PO CHON;
  • Songwon Shipping & Management and its products tanker SONG WON;
  • Tonghung Shipping & Trading Co and its oil products tanker TONG HUNG 5; and
  • Myohyang Shipping Co and its products tanker YU SON.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

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