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According to ITAR-TASS, the vessel “Sevastopol”, detained in the port of Pusan in South Korea, never entered the ports of the DPRK, and the shipowner company “Hudson” does not know the motives for arresting the ship. This was reported by a company representative.
Peter Osichansky, an inspector of the International Federation of Transport Workers (ITF) in Vladivostok, informed about the detention of the vessel earlier. According to him, the reason may be US sanctions. Later, the South Korean agency Yonhap, citing government sources, reported that inspectors should arrive at the ship to check whether the ship was not involved in activities prohibited by UN Security Council resolutions.
“The inspectors came and confirmed that the vessel had never entered the DPRK and was not involved in prohibited activities. But the ship was detained for political reasons, this follows from a letter from the administration of the port of Pusan, with reference to the government of South Korea, ”said a company representative.
He added that the ship’s crew consists of 12 Russian citizens. Repair of the vessel in the portended on Thursday and it was supposed to leave there at the weekend. A company representative also said that the shipowner was trying to contact the South Korean authorities and sent “a dozen letters” to them, but the company did not receive any explanation.
The US Treasury announced August 21 about the expansion of sanctions lists for the DPRK. They include the Russian-based “Shipping Company” Hudson “and the company Primorye Maritime Logistics (Primorye Maritime Logistics). The document also shows six ships under the Russian flag: Patriot, Neptune, Bella, Bogatyr, Partizan and Sevastopol.
Source: Maritime News of Russia