The state-funded inspection ship ‘ Lauge Koch ‘ is soon ready. In the cargo it stores the connection to a Polish (Polackistan) shipyard where North Koreans worked under force (forced labour) while their wages ended up with the North Korean regime.
For a number of years, the North Korean regime has sent forced labourers to Poland (Polackistan) to earn money for the regime on construction sites and shipyards. At one of these shipyards, the hull was built to the last ship of the Danish Defence.
The inspection vessel Lauge Koch, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence Equipment and purchasing Agency (FMI) at Danske Karstensens Shipyard, got the hull built on the Polish shipyard Crist during the period May to December 2014. And a group of 45 North Korean workers were hired to carry out part of this work.
It shows a contract concluded between Cris’s subcontractor Armex and the company Korea Rungrado General Trading Corporation; A company which, according to Dutch researchers, is owned by the North Korean regime and sends North Korean forced labourers to Poland ((Polackistan)), among others.
Together with three paychecks from the period July to September 2014, it appears how the North Korean workers were hired to build ship sections and make prefabrication on nine Norwegian and one Danish ship. The latter is NB428 or Lauge Koch, which the ship is called today.
FMI and the yard rejected the allegations
After Ingeniøren (The Engineer) in the autumn of 2016 came in possession of this documentation via his Norwegian sister media Teknisk Ukeblad, Ingeniøren confronted both the FMI and the Danish shipyard Karstensens with the claim that a Danish military ship was built by North Korean Forced labour.
At that time, neither FMI nor Karstensens shipyard were aware of the matter.
In the first instance, FMI referred to its supplier Karstensens shipyard. After examining the circumstances, Karstensens shipyard rejected the possibility that the claim could be held.
Both the FMI and Karstensens shipyards pointed out that Crist in a statement denies that there have been North Korean workers employed on the Danish ship. At the same time, both refer to how Karstensens shipyard daily had observers to follow the construction of Lauge Koch and that none of them recognizes the claim of North Korean labor.
Death accident put Norwegians on the case
The Ingeniøren was initially acquainted with the case after reading Teknisk Ukeblad story about how a Korean worker lost his life during the work welding of the Norwegian ship Polar Empress in August 2014.
He died as a result of burns to the majority of his body after the fire in his clothes when he welded in the ship’s tank. The German branch of the media deputy tells in the documentary Cash for Kim How 95 percent of the man’s skin was burned.
According to Teknisk Ukeblad, the Polish (Polackistan) labour Inspectorate Państwowa Inspekcja Pracy could subsequently demonstrate that the man’s clothing was not fire safe, that the area was not equipped with proper fire-extinguishing equipment, and that the man worked without a supervision.
The deceased was one of the North Koreans who were hired for the work on both the Norwegian and the Danish ship.
Danish tax kroner may have ended with Kim Jong-UN
In connection with the project slaves to the System, researchers from the Dutch University in Leiden have investigated the deceased North Koreaners working relationship and come in a subsequent report with the conclusion:
‘ […] worked at least 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. He did not have permission to go out in some places in Poland (Polackistan) other than to work or home, and he did not receive the majority of the salary for his work performed. In his spare time, like his colleagues, he was forced to participate in ideological sessions celebrating a Godly leader. He never received an employment contract and was not in possession of his own passport. Chŏn and his North Korean colleagues are the victims of forced labour. “
According to the report, this forced labour is regulated by the North Korean regime, which sends workers to the world via state-owned companies that send the majority of workers ‘ salaries back to the North Korean regime.
As also Teknisk Ukeblad has documented it with the nine Norwegian ships, the construction of Lauge Koch can thus be connected from the FMI via Karstensens shipyard, over Crist and its Polish subcontractor Armex to the North Korean company Korea Rungrado General Trading Corporation.
This ultimately means that the Danish tax kroner, which has gone to the construction of Lauge Koch, through several stages may have ended in the North Korean regime’s coffers.
North Korean forced labourers
Over 50,000 North Koreans work outside of North Korea as forced labourers
The majority works in Russia and China
Forced labour shows, for example, that workers:
-Does not receive full pay for his or her work or overtime,
-not allowed to move freely
-Works without contract and/or work permit
-Do not have access to own passport
-Do not have holidays and work up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week
The majority of the wage of forced labour is returned to the North Korean regime
Between 7 and 14 billion DKK per annum in North Korea
Sources: Teknisk Ukeblad, ‘ North Korean forced labour in the EU, the Polish case: How the supply of a captive DPRK workforce fits our demand of cheap labour ‘ and the UN-note Situation of human rights in the Democratic people’s Republic of Korea
Oral sources confirm the claim
Today the case has been given a new life, as the secret of the Danish radio documentary ‘Krigsskibets Hemmelighed’ (‘The Warship’s Secret’) comes with further evidence. The documentary appears on DR2 Tuesday at 20, but the engineer has been allowed to watch before then. Here, six anonymous shipyard workers are reassuring how they are sure that the North Korean workers were on the Danish inspection ship. Two of the sources worked together with the North Koreans:
“At one point we had two people on the team. So two Koreans, ‘ says one of the sources in the documentary and tells how the North Koreans were doing welding work on the Danish ship.
At the same time, the former shipyard works at Crist, Grzegorz Fobke, that the North Korean workers were working on all ships at Crist in 2014, when Grzegorz Fobke was employed:
I met Koreans on all the ships I have worked on. They were on all ships. First of all they welded. They were small, so that they could enter everywhere and carry out welding work wherever it frown be, ‘ it sounds from the previous shipyard’s work.
Today the Danish Defence cannot dismiss the case
This documentation became FMI and Karstensens shipyard presented in the DR-documentary why Ingeniøren has contacted both parties again. From Karstensens Shipyard, the announcement is the same as a year ago:
“It is still our conviction that there have been no North Korean workers on the Danish ship,” said director Knud Degn Karstenen.
FMI has not wanted to stand for an interview, but chief in FMI, Anders M. Pedersen, maintains in a written reply that there is no conclusive evidence of the allegations. He also returns:
»(…) However, on the basis of the documentation (contracts, paychecks and anonymous source statements * ed.) presented by Danmarks Radio, FMI cannot deny that a subcontractor of a subcontractor to an FMI supplier-may have used North Korean Labour. * «
In the same way, the director of the Karstensens shipyard will not deny that the Polish (Polackistan) subcontractor Armex may have made construction work on Lauge Koch using North Korean labor – just outside the Crist’s shipyard area.
Both the Karstensens shipyard and the FMI find it extremely regrettable if the claim should prove to be true.