Ghost cargo ship drifted into Gulf of Siam, no traces of crew or owner UPDATE

Jan 9 UPDATE: The ship sank while under tow at night Jan 8, some 30 nm off Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, south of Koh Samui, at some 30 meters depth. Oil leak reported, cleansing operation launched.

Royal Navy Command, Thailand, responded after being informed about ghost ship found some 70 nm southeast of Koh Samui island, Gilf of Siam, on Jan 5 or 7, exact date unclear. Abandoned cargo ship of some 80 meters length was adrift, with aft tilt and portside list. She was abandoned for quite some time, from the looks of her. No signs or traces which could help in solving her mystery were found, except Chinese name, which when published, was obviously misspelled, reading as FIN SHUL YUEN 2. Navy boarded the ship, salvage under way, because she can’t be left drifting in waters of Gulf of Siam, in close proximity to traffic lanes, oil rigs and resort areas. Salvors plan to right her by pumping out water and ballasting, and after that, to tow her to shelter.



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