This ship is one of a fleet keeping North Korea alive by breaking the sanctions put in place against it. Like similar ships, it often turns off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder so it can only be tracked sporadically.
The United Nations brought down the hammer and that was it for the Hao Fan 6.
On October 10, the hulking, 460-foot (140 meter) cargo ship was banned from entering every single port across the globe, punished for violating sanctions on North Korea.
It was just south of South Korea the day the news was announced, according to tracking information by MarineTraffic. Its transponder pinged continuously until 11:17 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time, the data showed.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
North Korea infowar
Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea (KP) is estimated to have a population of 24.2 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.5% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.6 million.