LATEST attempts to find a buyer for the burned out casino ship New Orient Princess have failed, with the Marine Department now anxious to rid Hong Kong of the wreck before the next typhoon season. The latest hitch comes as the ship's Hong Kong-based owners prepare to fight their Chinese insurers, who are holding more than $20 million in payments following the three-day fire in August which gutted the vessel. The People's Insurance Corporation of China claims it had not been informed that the ship was going to be used for gambling. A court date has not yet been fixed. The owners have been trying to secure a sale to an Asian scrap metal merchant for a fraction of the insurance value. A Marine Department source said they did not want to intervene but would have no choice if the ship remained within the harbour in its present condition as the typhoon season approached next May. ''It's an eyesore but at the moment it's not a danger to anyone. We have wide powers to seize and dispose of the vessel but we would only do something like that with public money if we thought it was really needed,'' the official said. ''The owners have got some more time but we do hope a sale can be made soon. No one wants it there.'' The blaze, later traced to a wiring fault in the ship's Thai sauna, forced the evacuation of more than 500 gamblers and crew as it left Hong Kong on a ''voyage to nowhere'' into international waters.