Artist stranded on cargo ship at sea as shipping company goes bust

Rebecca Moss has been floating on the ocean since August 31

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A British artist is stranded 24 nautical miles off the coast of Japan as the company that owns the cargo ship she is sailing with for her artist residency has gone bust.

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Rebecca Moss is travelling with the Hanjin Geneva freight ship as part of the '23 Days at Sea Residency' but after it was declared bankrupt on August 31, she has been forced to float in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as no port will accept the ship because the shipping line is unable to pay port and service fees.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the 25-year-old is joined by thousands of cargo containers and 20 crew members.

Speaking to the newspaper via email, she said: "The predicament in which I currently find myself is extraordinarily absurd."

The artist residency saw Moss depart Vancouver on August 23 and was scheduled to arrive in Shanghai on September 15.

Kimberly Phillips, curator of Access Gallery, which organised the residency, told the Vancouver Sun that Moss is safe.

"We are monitoring the situation closely," she said.