Abandoned Chinese freighter Yuan Heng found off Manila

Authorities were alerted by local fishermen who reported an abandoned Chinese vessel, anchored or stranded off the coast of Malolos, Bulacan province, Pamarawan area, just 13 nautical miles NW of Manila. ABS-CBN News in a video footage showed stranded vessel describing it as a Cambodian flagged tanker under the name of Yuan Heng. According to papers found on board, vessel is owned by S-American Far Eastern Shipping Company and operated by Shandong Jinghai Industrial Group. From the look of the vessel in the video, it is definitely not a tanker, but a general cargo vessel. Last AIS signal dated 19.6.2010, East China Sea. Most probably, this is the vessel in question. Investigation under way. Fate of the crew unknown, no details given on the circumstances and approximate date of the abandonment.

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