Container ship adrift, abandoned after being off radar for 3 weeks UPDATE

Sep 7 UPDATE: The ship is still adrift, but seems to be under control, doesn’t look like abandoned. AIS is on, new information appeared – port of destination Lae, ETA Sep 7. Abandonment navigational alert was cancelled.

Container ship GAZELLE COAST reported disabled and adrift, abandoned, in Vityaz Strait separating PNG and New Britain island, in the morning Sept 6. Ship’s AIS is on, latest position time 0620 UTC Sep 6, ship is adrift. Interestingly, ship’s AIS was off from middle Aug until Sep 6, so as of now, it’s one more mystery.
Container ship GAZELLE COAST, IMO 9436874, dwt 7162, capacity 600 TEU, built 2008, flag Papua New Guinea, manager CONSORT EXPRESS LINES (EQUASIS).



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