'Ghost Ship' Found Drifting Near Myanmar Identified

Freighter was abandoned as it was being towed to a ship-breaking factory
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2018 2:12 PM CDT
Mystery of 'Ghost Ship' Found Drifting Near Myanmar Solved
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An empty "ghost ship" was found drifting near Myanmar's Yangon region last week, and authorities have now solved the mystery. The rusty freighter was being towed to a ship-breaking factory in Bangladesh, but the tugboat crew got caught in bad weather and abandoned it after several cables securing it to the tugboat broke, the BBC reports. Fishermen spotted it, and after it ran aground on a sandbar, officials and navy personnel boarded the large container vessel—it's more than 580 feet long—Thursday. They determined it is the Sam Ratulangi PB 1600, built in 2001, the Independent reports. Authorities located the tugboat involved and the investigation is ongoing. (More ghost ship stories.)

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