North Korean Ship Reappears in Havana

Friday, March 28, 2014
From NK News:

North Korean ship heads back to Cuba

The Chong Chon Gang reappears in Havana, after being released by Panamanian authorities

The Chong Chon Gang, the North Korean vessel caught smuggling weaponry through the Panama Canal, broadcast its return to Havana, Cuba on March 21.

The vessel continued to transmit positional data for three days, with the last signal sent at 3.14pm on March 26. The ship’s last know position in Havana Harbour is still currently visible on the NK News Vessel Tracker.

The 14000 tonne vessel docked at a birth in the Ensenada de Atarés area of the port, a part of the harbor dedicated to shipping and vessel repair services.

It is not currently known if the North Korean vessel is still in port or has left without broadcasting further positional information. Havana’s Port Authority could not be reached for comment.

The ship left Limon Bay near the Panama Canal more than five weeks ago on February 15. Sailing at its average speed of 9.1 knots the Chong Chon Gang could theoretically cover the distance between the two countries in approximately five days.

Whilst it was reported that the Chong Chon Gang would return to Cuba after being released by the Panamanian authorities, their reasons for returning to country where the North Koreans picked up the military hardware are unclear.