US to sink ghost ship dislodged by tsunami

2012-04-05 20:45

Alaska - The US coast guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami.

The shrimping vessel is floating about 313km south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska. It's traveling about 1.6km/h.

The ship holds more than 7 570 litres of diesel fuel, and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels.

A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship on Thursday with plans to use high-explosive rounds to sink the vessel, named Ryou-Un Maru.

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