The vessel’s name “Wise Honest” is rather amusing, given that its actions were not wise and definitely not honest.
According to vesseltracker.com, as of today, it’s AIS tracker has been off for 643 days, since August 2017, which is the first clue that it was up to no good.
The vessel is a bulk coal carrier, operating under the North Korean flag and owned by a North Korean company and crewed by a North Korean crew.
The United States had obtained a warrant to seize the vessel some time ago, but only recently did the vessel venture to an area where the United States felt comfortable in making the seizure. It is currently under the escort of the United States Coast Guard with United States Marshal’s aboard.
Here is a link to the information filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, seeking condemnation of the vessel, which would permit the United States to then auction off the vessel The vessel is accused of evading sanctions against North Korea.
As is customary in admiralty cases, this is an “in rem” proceeding and the case is titled United States of America v Wise Honest.