SEATTLE -- The rusty, 150-foot ghost ship from Japan now floating off the coast of Canada remains out at sea, and it has not been determined who might remove it.
CNN identified it as a squid fishing ship from the Japanese port city of Hachinohe in Aomori prefecture. It was swept out to sea following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
The owners of the ship have not been publicly identified. However, the hull numbers were used to contact the Japanese owners of the ship, who confirmed no one was on board when the tsunami hit.
The ship has been floating across the Pacific Ocean for a year and was finally discovered last week about 120 nautical miles from Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).
A picture released Friday showed the ship floating right-side up, covered in rust.
It was estimated that if left adrift, the ship could make landfall in 50 days. TheVancouver Sun reported Canadian government officials have not said whether the ship would be towed or left to drift to shore on its own.
Dozens of people along the Pacific coast, from Oregon to Alaska, have reported an increase in debris suspected to be from the catastrophic tsunami. Last month, a beachcomber in Neahposted on KING 5's Your News page images of bottles with Japanese lettering, and small buoys believed to be from Japan.