Russian fishing vessel seized by North Korea in international waters

Fishing vessel XIANG HAI LIN 8 was seized by North Korean Coast Guard early in the morning Jul 17 in Japan sea, at some 55 nm distance off North Korean coast, in international waters. Vessel with 17 crew, including 15 Russian and 2 South Korean nationals, was sailing from South Korea to fishing grounds in Japan sea. Coast Guard boarded vessel and switched off all communications, taking vessel to Wonsan port, North Korea. Owner can’t contact his crew, Russian diplomats were allowed to visit vessel on Jul 23. Master, one of officers and 2 South Korean fishermen are kept on shore in local hotel under arrest, the rest of the crew remain arrested on board in harsh conditions, they’re interrogated and searched two times every day, “in a very tough, ruthless manner”.
Fishing vessel XIANG HAI LIN 8, IMO 9801809, displacement 501, built 2015, flag Russia, owner North-East Fishing Company, Nevelsk, Russia.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.