Two Russian tankers on Feb 9 were detained by Korean Maritime Police off Gunsan, South Korea, Yellow sea, for illegal STS operation in Korean exclusive economic zone. Tankers were engaged in oil ship-to-ship transfer, being some 15 nm W of Gunsan, without requested formalities and authorization, in order to avoid extra paper work and costs. Companies operating tankers may face hefty fine.
Product tanker ZALIV VOSTOK, IMO 9237711, dwt 4298, built 2002, flag Russia, manager NAYADA Co., Nakhodka.
Product tanker AMUR, IMO 8810176, dwt 8091, built 1991, flag Russia, manager KASATKA Co., Nakhodka.