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North Korean cargo ship stuck in Nakagusuku Harbor

Date Posted: 2003-10-11

A North Korean cargo ship and its crew of 25 is being held at Nakaguku Harbor on charges of violating safety regulations. The quarantine began Sep. 28 when local inspectors deemed that it was in violation of several safety regulations, and refused to give it a permission to set out to the sea.

Inspectors said they discovered the ship had violated safety laws on 32 counts, including that it missed proper sea maps of the waters around Okinawa. In January, another North Korean cargo ship ran aground off Kin Town. That ship also was found to be sailing without proper maps. Maritime Safety Agency officials concluded that the lack of the maps was the main cause of the accident.

The captain of the ship currently at Nakagusuku Harbor, the 1499-ton Rung Ka Do, says he expects all safety repairs to be completed and that hed be able to sail on Wednesday. The ship is carrying a load of used old trucks, buses and taxis that are destined for use in the impoverished country.

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