Disappeared nine years ago, the ship was found in Myanmar
The disappeared cargo ship Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 was discovered off the coast of Myanmar in Martaban Bay. The ship departed for its last flight in 2009, after which it disappeared. The vessel drifted for a long time at sea, but the trimming of the cables on the bow indicates that it was pulled in tow not so long ago.
The police of the city of Yangon in Myanmar on August 30 posted on Facebook a message about a ghost ship that stranded on the eve of Martaban not far from the beach near the coastal village the morning before. It was a cargo ship Sam Ratulangi PB 1600. Several Tatmadaw employees (Myanmar Navy) climbed aboard, but neither crew nor cargo were found there, writes the Eleven Myanmar. The ship was in poor condition, but kept afloat.
The photographs taken on board show dirt and rust everywhere on the deck, remnants of the structures to which the containers were attached, and radar equipment that was not working for a long time. The engine was damaged, and part of the engine room - flooded with sea water with a large admixture of engine oil.Life jackets and lifeboats hung in their seats, no one tried to use them.
Records of the last known Sam Ratulangi flight dated 2009. At first it was not clear where the ship spent nine years and whether it drifted into the sea all this time. However, the main clue was found on the nose of the ship: there were relatively new ropes attached for towing. They were cut, but now it became clear that the search should be for a tug that could still be somewhere in the sea. If it were not for this evidence, crazy theories could still appear around the ship. So it was with the ghost ship that brought to the shores of California last year: there were versions of both man-eating rats and the mafia of the 30s.
Tatmadaw officers checked the radar readings that track the movement of ships off the coast. It turned out that on August 26 and 27, two vessels were passing nearby, which were moving along one course one after another. What went behind was Sam Ratulangi, and in front was his tug. He was tracked down and found on board 13 Indonesian sailors, who told him what had happened.
It turns out that the tugboat pulled a ship from Indonesia to Bangladesh to a factory where it was to be sorted and recycled. In previous years, Sam Ratulangi did not go to sea at all.However, on August 26, as the ships moved past Yangon, a violent storm began. After several hours of attempting to move, no matter what, the Indonesian sailors realized that it would be safer to leave their cargo. They cut the ropes holding the ship in tow and set off to calmer waters. So in the Gulf of Martaban appeared ghost ship without a single person on board. Why after the storm the Indonesians did not come back to pick it up, they did not explain. The Tatmadaw is still investigating, but thanks to the ropes the main mystery of the ship has already been solved.