The 150-ft Japanese fishing boat has been spotted on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, drifting aimlessly just off the coast of the Haida Gwaii islands of, Canada.
The ship was spotted by a patrol aircraft and the Canadian transport ministry is keeping close tabs on the vessel, ensuring it doesn't become an obstruction to shipping lanes. Another major concern is whether it is leaking pollution or not. There is also concern as to whether the ship may or may not be radio active.
The "ghost ship" has been traced using its hull numbers back to a Hokkaido squid fishing company, who were able to confirm that no one was on board when the vessel went adrift.
Swept away by the tsunami, which engulfed the east coast of Japan, in March 2011 the vessel is just a part of the approximately 4 to 8 million tons of debris that was washed out to sea, with 2 ½ million tons still floating on the surface. The main debris body from the tsunami may take another year before it actually makes landfall on North America’s coastline.
Senator(D) for Washington State, said “On its current trajectory and speed, the vessel wouldn't make landfall for approximately 50 days.”
Senior Captain with the Vessel Assist towing company, Paul Gray said “The ghost ship is probably going to be pretty much worthless nobody’s going to want to have anything to do with it because of the huge costs that are going to be incurred towing it to shore.”
The entire west coast of the U.S. could eventually receive debris from Japan on its shoreline.