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Stranded Indonesian Vessel To Be Removed From Myanmar Waters

Last Updated September 09, 2018

Stranded Indonesian Vessel To Be Removed From Myanmar Waters

Marine Administration Department of Myanmar has said that the empty Indonesian vessel stranded in Myanmar waters will be removed and dealt with in accordance with law.

The crew of the tugboat called Independence who was towing the vessel is being questioned in Kawthaung, Kayin state to investigate if the incident was intentional or accidental.

The results of the inquiry will be submitted before the Office of the Union Attorney General for further action.

The ghost ship  SAM Ratulangi PD was found mysteriously grounded by local fishermen near the estuary of Sittoung River, 11.2 km from the Thamaseikta village in Thongwa township, southern Yangon with no sailors and goods on it on Aug. 28. The rusted and empty vessel, bearing the name “Sam Rataulangi PB 1600”, drifting in the Gulf of Martaban has spooked the locals and authorities alike.

The vessel extends as 177.35 meters with a width of 27.91 meters weighing 26,510 tons.

A salvage company called Smith initially informed the Myanmar Port Authority that the vessel was not destined for Myanmar but was being towed to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Embassy to Myanmar has contacted the department to arrange a meeting with the Indonesian crew of the Independence.

Moreover, the Singapore-based insurance company of the vessel First Capital will send a team of experts to Myanmar on Friday.

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