The customs authorities allowed to deliver everything needed for the vessel to Man Gyong Bong from the DPRK, whose crew on Wednesday sent a distress signal due to a lack of food. This was announced at a press conference in Vladivostok on Thursday by the general director of the company-carrier “Invest Story Trest” Vladimir Baranov.
“Today at the customs we got permission to load the products. Today, the products will be delivered, “Baranov said.
He added that the ship will remain in the raid of the port of Vladivostok in the near future. The operator intends to resolve the disputed issues with the customs and the port administration through the court.
A ship carrying 30 DPRK citizens on board the Vladivostok port road, but cannot get to the berth for unloading or bunkering. Earlier, the carrier sent an emergency report on the situation to the Minister of Transport, the authorities of Primorsky Krai and the consulate of the DPRK in Moscow. Vladivostok Customs discovered signs of a violation by the vessel of the UN Security Council resolution on the prohibition of food supplies on vessels flying the DPRK flag.
On January 31, the Man Gyong Bong arrived from Rajin (DPRK) in Primorye with a load of animal feed, but could not enter the port of Vladivostok because of suspicions that he had a cargo on board. According to Baranov, there are six containers with Chinese animal food on the ship, which, he said, is not a sanctuary.
In anticipation of solving the problem, the ship stayed outside the water area of the port of Vladivostok near the city for several days, and on the morning of February 3 gave a distress signal due to the fact that the fuel ran out. On the night of 3 to 4 February, a tanker approached the tanker with fuel.
Source: Maritime News of Russia