Tsunami Ghost Ship

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Tsunami Ghost Ship, After being flushed out to sea by last year’s massive tsunami and earthquake, a Japanese squid-fishing boat has drifted across the Pacific Ocean and was about 120 nautical miles off British Columbia’s north coast Friday evening.

The 150-foot ship was found drifting right-side-up about 140 nautical miles (260 km) from Cape Saint James, on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii.

“It’s been drifting across the Pacific for a year, so it’s pretty beat up,” said marine search coordinator Jeff Olsson of Victoria’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

A plane on a routine surveillance patrol for the fisheries and defence departments found the ship on the afternoon of March 20. The Canadian Coast Guard has issued a notice to all vessels that the ship is an obstruction to navigation. Transport Canada was still monitoring the boat Friday evening for marine pollution and interference with passing ships. The government body would not say whether the ship would be towed in or left to drift to shore on its own.

A boat that size would most likely be towed into Haida Gwaii, and could even be brought in by a commercial fishing ship said towing expert Paul Gray.

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