North Korean ship vanishes for a month

North Korean cargo ship Hao Fan 6 (IMO 8628597), which found itself caught up in UN sanctions, disappeared for a month before reappearing hundreds of kilometres away, going around in circles. Hao Fan 6 was last tracked on October 10th, which was the day it was banned from entering every single port in the world and punished for violating sanctions on North Korea. US broadcaster CNN said that the ship disappeared off South Korea. A month later she turned up in the East China Sea, hundreds of kilometres away from its previous location. The ship’s transponder was then switched off for the rest of the month. Transponders, which are a mandatory international requirement for large vessels, can be switched off during times of threat or when trying to remain undecked. As of December 12th Hao Fan 6 was at anchor at Zhoushan. 2009-built, St Kitts flagged, 8,343gt Hao Fan is owned by Trendy Sunshine Hong Kong Ltd care of manager Shen Zhong International Shipping of Hong Kong.