North Korean employees working as forced labor have likely worked on vessels for Maersk and the Danish defence. However, nobody knows exactly how many North Koreans are working in Europe, the EU's foreign affairs representative tells Danish MEP Jeppe Kofod.
At a meeting Monday, the EU plans to tighten sanctions against North Korea. This means that going forward, the EU nations will not be allowed to give work permits to North Koreans. Denmark's Minister for Foreign Affairs supports the move, he tells ShippingWatch.
Four ships have violated international sanctions against North Korea, and the UN Security Council has thus issued a ban in all countries against letting these vessels call in ports. This is the first ever time that this has happened, reports news agency AP.
Poland carries most of the responsibility for ensuring that North Korean labor is not used at the country's shipyards, says Secretary General Christophe Tytgat of Sea Europe. MEPs addressed the issue last year.
Offshore carrier Maersk Supply Service has had parts for six vessels constructed on the yard in Poland which has employed North Korean workers. It is likely that North Korean workers contributed to building the vessels, explains Maersk to ShippingWatch.
Eight vessels from North Korea, currently subject to sanctions, have this year loaded oil cargoes in Russia, with China and South Korea listed as their destination. But the course was changed at a later point, reports Reuters.