Sanctioned Ship out of Fuel in Busan: Report

Wednesday November 28, 2018

A ship which has fallen foul of US-imposed sanctions against North Korea has found itself stranded in the South Korean port of Busan.

According to a report from Radio Free Asia, the Russian-flagged ship is unable to secure bunker fuel as the port's suppliers fear contravening the sanctions' rules.

A spokesperson for the ship's owner, Vladivostok-based Gudzon Shipping, was quoted in the report.

"The Sevastopol is now stuck in Busan. It's trying to return to Russia but there's no fuel," the spokesperson said.

"[South] Korean companies are refusing to supply fuel to us. It's a huge problem."

The ship has been held in the port since September, the report said.  A ship named Sevastopol is registered to Gudzon Shipping and located in East Asia, according to shipping database equasis.