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‘Ghost ship’ spotted off coast of Burma

Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 was discovered floating off the coast of Burma. (Yangon Police)
Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 was discovered floating off the coast of Burma. (Yangon Police)

580 feet long, 18,000 tons and not a single crew member.

A ‘ghost ship’ was first sighted off the coast of Burma in the Yangon region the week of Aug. 26, and ran aground Thursday, at which point Burmese authorities inspected the vessel, the Epoch Times reported. This was where the mystery truly began: the ship identified as a Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 was devoid of crew or goods.

The best clue was two broken tow lines, which led the navy to further probe tugboats in the area. Th navy soon discovered that a tugboat called “Independence,” only 50 miles away, had been towing the ‘ghost ship’ to a ship-breaking factory in Bangladesh, but a difficult storm had caused the tow lines to break, according to the Burmese Navy.

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