Saturday, 22nd May: Chong Bong (5,500-ton), one of the finest North Korean freighter, was reported to have sunken in the Sea of Japan. She was initially found flooding the oceanic floor, and the very next day the incident happened.
On Friday, prior to the day of the accident, Japanese search and rescue authorities received a call from the crew of the vessel, at 1100 hours. In a tone of discomfort, they informed of the flooding in the cargo holds of the vessel. When the situation was going out of hand, lifeboats came in as the saviors of the onboard 21 personnel. The crew later revealed that they were floating for nearly five hours, after abandoning the ship; before the North Korean tanker saved them. The coordinates of the ship at the time of the sinking are reported to be 30 nm from Japan's northeast Oki Islands (Shimane prefecture at 1432 hours).
The concern of the Japanese official doesn't stick around the crew, as no one was reported to be missing or suffered any severe injuries. But the oil spill, highlighting the site of the sink, is miles-long. This, if it reaches the Japanese coastline, can cause some unpredictable damage.
This 1989-built vessel - Chong Bong, was on its call towards the port of Songnim ( yellow sea, North Korea) when the casualty made its way in. She was sailing along the coastwise and was believed to carry the load of iron ore (6,500 tons). Her voyage started from the port of Chongjin ( Sea of Japan), confirmed officials.
Chong Bong is known to be under the suspicious eyes of the U.S. Treasury Department. The same recognized Chong Bong to be one of the leading participants in neglecting UN sanctions on North Korea. She is believed to transport "disguised" North Korean coal, under the supervision of North Korea. The agency's list made for the specially designated nationals has the name Chong Bong in it. The list is generally known as the sanctions list or blacklist, as it majorly accumulates alliances violating the North Korean sanctions.