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Solved: Mystery of Myanmar ‘ghost ship’ solved

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The mystery of a “ghost ship” found drifting near Myanmar has been solved.

The Myanmar navy says the empty cargo ship was being tugged to a ship-breaking plant in Bangladesh when bad weather caused it to become detached.

The Sam Rataulangi PB 1600 was discovered this week by fishermen in the Gulf of Martaban, about seven miles (11km) from the shore near Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon.

Pic: Facebook/Yangon Police
Image:There were no goods or sailors on board. Pic: Facebook/Yangon Police

It was “stranded on the beach (and was) bearing an Indonesian flag”, police said, adding that there were “no sailors or goods” on board.

The ship was being towed by a tugboat called Independence.

Pic: Facebook/Yangon Police
Image:The vessel was built in 2001. Pic: Facebook/Yangon Police

Website Eleven Myanmar said that after the two vessels arrived south of the Yangon River on 26 August, cables connecting the tug to the Sam Rataulangi were cut off because of bad conditions.

The vessel ran aground after being carried off by the current.

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Image:The ship was abandoned after cables broke in bad weather. Pic: Facebook/Yangon Police

All this emerged after the navy used coastal radar to establish the location of the two vessels prior to their separation – and then tracked down the tug about 50 miles from Myanmar’s coast.

After questioning Independence’s 13 Indonesian crew members, it was found that it had been towing the cargo ship since 13 August, but after the cables broke they decided to abandon it.

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Nigeria: INEC Report on Postponement of the General Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has postponed to February 23rd, the General election earlier scheduled for Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu,while briefing newsmen at the commission’s headquarters, announced that continuing with the election as earlier scheduled for today, 16th February, 2019, was no longer feasible. He therefore announced that the presidential and National Assembly elections had been moved to February 23, 2019. He also said that the governorship and state assembly elections have also been moved by one week to March 9, 2019. Below is his full statement: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met on Friday 15, February 2019, and reviewed its preparations for the 2019 general elections scheduled for Saturday, 16 February 2019, and Saturday 2 March 2019.

Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan, and the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible. Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Saturday, 23 February 2019. Furthermore, the Governorship, State House of Assembly, and Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections are rescheduled to Saturday, 9 March 2019. This will afford the commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections. This was a difficult decision for the commission to take but necessary for the successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy. The commission will meet with key stakeholders to update them on this development at 2pm on Saturday, 16 February 2019, at the Abuja International Conference Centre. Thank you very much.”

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