Reefer NORT and fv ADEX disappeared in Okhotsk sea, crime probably
Two ERB, belonging to fish carrier NORT and fishing vessel ADEX, were activated on Feb 7 in Okhotsk sea some 130 nm west of Paramushir island, Kuril Archipelago. Sear and Rescue was launched, on Feb 8 and 9 SAR plane was searching in the area of probable disaster, several immersion suits were found, and later, an empty life raft. There were no calls from either owners or relatives of the crews. Crews reportedly comprise of Russian nationalities. Russian media found out, that fv ADEX arrived to Petropavlovsk port, Kamchatka, on Dec 8 2015, being arrested by Russian Coast Guard as suspect in illegal fishing. Vessel fled Petropavlovsk on the New Year eve. It can hardly be so, considering the fact, that the last known AIS signal was dated Dec 16, Japan sea, off Hokkaido island, Japan.
Both vessels, according to available data, belong to a Korean company East Shine Shipping Co Ltd, based in Busan. Company besides fishing vessels, owns 2 fish carriers, two reefers and one general cargo vessel, all with Russian roots. Most probably, both vessels were fishing together, with fish or seafood stored by NORT. Maybe disaster is a hoax, an imitation. It happened before in this region. Vessel or vessels sell all their catch to Japanese, Korean or Chinese buyers, receive money under the table, so to say (I heard stories about money handed out cashed in case), then vessel or vessels were sunk by the crew, which after that, scattered around Asia, with their families, sometimes years later, suddenly leaving Russia for Asian countries.
Maybe some Russian law enforcement agencies were involved, too. Russian Coast Guard contributes quite a lot to a criminal jungle, which is called fishing in Russian waters, especially Far East waters.
It will come as no surprise, if disappearance of these two vessels remains a mystery.
Fish carrier NORT, last AIS dated May 28 2015, Busan.
Fishing vessel ADEX, last AIS dated Dec 16 2015, Japan sea.