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Phuket Marine Office to destroy abandoned Chinese fishing boats

PHUKET: All marine operators have been warned to keep clear of Tha Chatchai Pier in the Chong Bpark Phra canal separating Phuket from the mainland while officers from the Phuket Marine Office break apart five Chinese fishing boats left abandoned at the pier.

By The Phuket News

Friday 17 May 2019, 04:59PM

The notice issued by the Phuket Marine Office marked where teh five abandoned Chinese fishing boats will be broken apart. Image: Google Maps / Phuket Marine Office

The notice issued by the Phuket Marine Office marked where teh five abandoned Chinese fishing boats will be broken apart. Image: Google Maps / Phuket Marine Office

The warning came in a notice issued by Chief Phuket Marine Office Wiwat Chitchertwong today (May 17).

“All forms of water transport are to stay away from the area where the boats will be destroyed. The work will from Sunday onward,” Mr Wiwat wrote.

“We will seal off the area near Tha Chatchai Pier by marking the area with red buoys,” he added.

Mr Wiwat gave the co-ordinates of location of the deconstruction area as 8.195929 N, 98.302283 E.


The five fishing boats have remain unused at the pier for about 10 years, Mr Wiwat said.

“They are legal fishing boats. The operators did not commit any crimes, but the boats have remained abandoned for a long time,” he said.

“The boats are just taking up mooring spaces at the pier, and so the owner in China has given the Thai representative permission for the boats to be destroyed,” he said.

“We are following Section 121 of the Navigation in Thai Waters Act 1979. We must warn other vessels to stay away for safety while the fishing boats are being destroyed,” he added.



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Kurt | 19 May 2019 - 00:26:38

A great idea I read here from BenPendejo! Removal of hazardous/polluting stuff, and sink them somewhere as artificial reefs/dive trip objects!

Timothy | 18 May 2019 - 08:42:15

Oh boy. Let's see how this turns out. I guess some locals decided they want a few parts. I'm willing to bet the environment is going to suffer. Oil spills, fuel spills, small bits thrown into the sea. How about towing them to dry dock and having a proper salvage company do the work? I'm surprised they are not going to be used as Chinese tour boats. 

Kurt | 17 May 2019 - 19:31:15

Dismantle in a environment friendly way or destroy in a environment damaging way? Does Phuket Marine Office have the expertise to do it properly?  For most simple matters resorting under this Office are not the smallest expertise in handling available. Just desk people. To dismantle these vessels should be done at land and not at location as the red dot in the map marks.

BenPendejo | 17 May 2019 - 18:48:01

Why not clean them of all hazardous materials...tow them them out and sink them for future dive sites and reef restoration?  Just thinking...better than land-filling.

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