Indonesian Republic-flagged ‘Ghost Ship’ Found on Myanmar Beach

Indonesian Republic-flagged 'Ghost Ship' Found on Myanmar BeachMyanmar police are investigating a large container ship that has been rusted after fishermen see the Indonesian-flagged ship mysteriously near the waters around Yangon.

Last week, the ship named “Sam Ratulangi PB 1600” was found floating around the coast of the city which became the commercial center of Myanmar.

“There are no sailors or cargo on the ship,” Yangon police said.

The ship ran aground on Thursday (8/30) and police and Navy personnel climbed on it to conduct inspections, and did not find any crew or any items, police said.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Yangon police said the ship was “stranded on the beach and (there was a) an Indonesian flag”.

Aung Kyaw Linn, secretary general of the Myanmar Independent Seafarers’ Federation, said the ship was still road-worthy, and could be operated for sailing, the Myanmar Times reported.

According to his suspicion, the ship was still just left by its sailors. “There must be a reason,” that the ship was abandoned just like that, he said.

According to the Marine Traffic website, the site that records the movement of ships moving around the world, the ship was made in 2001 and is more than 177 meters long.

The location of the ship was last recorded off the coast of Taiwan in 2009. And according to the AFP news agency, this latest event is the first time an abandoned ship has appeared in Myanmar’s waters.