THE “JIAN SENG”
Officially nameless and stateless, the dilapidated eighty-meter tanker found floating empty in Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria was only found to be named Jian Seng after Australian Customs boarded the ship and sorted through its documents.
The boarding party found little else: the engines had seized up, much of the valuable electronics and gear had been stripped out, and the only thing in the vast hold was a huge amount of rice.
One of the largest derelicts ever found, the Jian Seng’s purpose is unknown. Although the rice led officials to believe that it was being used as a resupply and mother ship for seaborne criminals ranging from illegal fishing fleets operating in Australian waters to piracy and human smuggling operations.
The apparent age and bad condition of the ship showed that whatever the Jian Seng and its crew were up to, they had been getting away with it for quite a long time.