North Korean AIS

How bad are all North Korean AIS reports?

From the 30th of December 2017 to the 26th of January 2018, all traffic starting with North Koreas country code (445) was logged from  AISHub’s global feed.  There are very few AIS reports. Only 1318 were logged in this time frame and most came from the UN BONG 2 (n=1236, 93.78%) .

Most signals were pulled up around China and between Japan and Korea, where local Japanese AIS systems seem to encourage using AIS for North Korean ships.

North Korean AIS
Red dots are AIS signalsNorth Korean AIS around China and Japan 39.December 2017 – 26 January 2018

Then there were reports that seemed to be valid at positions in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and two position reports in Germany and Hungary.

North Korean AIS
North Korean AIS reports in Europe

 

North Korean AIS reports in Holland
North Korean AIS reports in Holland

Investigating the German and Hungarian AIS reports further showed both to be seemingly false reports on areas of dry land.

North Korean AIS report in Germany
North Korean AIS report in Germany (Red Dot)

 

North Korean AIS Log Hungaryy
North Korean AIS report near Budapest, Hungary in a Environmental protection zone.

Only two (0.15 %) reports of 1318 were set to AIS defunct [181,91}.

There were 24 distinct MMSI reported during this time of which all that ended not in several zeros seem to have no name associated with them.  All MMSI that have a name associated with them seem to be Cargo ships.

Obviously, given that North Korea is underlying sanctions, it is not in their interest to use a transparent system like AIS.

MMSINAMEFrequency
445192000UN BONG 2 (General Cargo)1236
445590000NAM DAE CHON (Bulk Carrier)29
445202000RYON HWA 3 (General Cargo)18
445529000KO SAN (General Cargo)9
445279000MI YANG 5 (General Cargo)6
445181000UN BONG 1 (General Cargo)2
44555408?1
44598145?1
445004932?1
445094936?1
445357558?1
445435116?1
445438565?1
445469000KUM DAE (Bulk Carrier)1
445479148?1
445555000CHONG SONG (General Cargo)1
445560673?1
445895651?1
445956760?1
445968975?1
445977144?1
445986659?1
445987262?1
445996856?1