Anything can be bought online, even this. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Shanghai Maritime Court sold a confiscated foreign-owned cargo ship for US$2.41 million through an online auction on Taobao, Global Times reported.

The Panamanian-flagged Mahoni was bought by the Hong Kong-based Zhongjiang Ocean Shipping through China’s biggest consumer-to-consumer online shopping platform, and was transferred to the firm by the court on Friday.

Mahoni was seized in May 2016 after 31 Filipino crew members filed a lawsuit against the boat’s Indonesian owner claiming they had not been paid for 18 months.