Longliner abandoned, adrift in the Pacific

72-meter longliner XING HUA SHENG NO.616 reported abandoned, adrift in vicinity 40 10N 163 05E, Pacific, in the afternoon Aug 19. As of 0300 UTC Aug 20, AIS was on, vessel drifting in southern direction.
Longliner XING HUA SHENG NO.616, IMO 8682062, GT 962, flag Taiwan.





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