When A Mysterious Ghost Ship Ran Aground Off Burma, The Abandoned Vessel Left Authorities Baffled

Fishermen first spotted the hulk of a looming cargo ship on the evening of August 28, 2018. Drifting off the coast of southern Myanmar, once known as Burma, the mysterious vessel appeared to have strayed from local freight lanes. In fact, it was an abandoned ship – a ghost ship – and it would soon run aground…

Image: David Gil
Image: David Gil

Ghost ships wash up on the shores of Asia with disturbing regularity. In 2017, for example, around 100 empty ships were found drifting off the coast of Japan, the most since records began in 2011. The vessels came from North Korea and they were usually empty, but not always. Indeed, in November of that year, authorities discovered that one North Korean ghost ship contained eight human skeletons.

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