Ghost ship sinks after a year in Thai waters

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Abandoned cruise ship Ocean Dream lying in waters near the Laem Chabang port in Thailand's Chonburi province, raising concerns about possible oil leaks. The 163m-long ghost ship sank 2km off Thailand's largest seaport yesterday, a day after local fishermen spotted it listing. It had been anchored unmanned in the Gulf of Thailand for more than a year, according to FleetMon, a vessel-tracking website. Thai PBS reported that the authorities had contacted the boat's Chinese owners and were working on a plan to stabilise it yesterday before it capsized.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 29, 2016, with the headline 'Ghost ship sinks after a year in Thai waters'. Print Edition | Subscribe