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PPAO rushes to repair Chalong Pier jetty suspected of being ‘damaged by boat’

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO or OrBorJor) have confirmed that they are responsible for restoring a damaged jetty at Ao Chalong Pier, which officials suspect may have been hit by a fishing boat on Sunday (Mar 4).

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 04:31PM


It is suspected that a fishing boat hit the jetty causing it to break and sink. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

It is suspected that a fishing boat hit the jetty causing it to break and sink. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

PPAO Transport Division Director Prasit Yotarak told The Phuket News today, “The jetty collapsed on Sunday Mar 4, possibly due to a boat, which used its stern to approach the jetty on its right side, hitting the jetty.

“We are hurriedly fixing it. We are recovering the jetty right now,” he said.

“We are also trying to check CCTV to see if it was caused by a fishing boat hitting the pier, and if so, which boat,” he said.

“I cannot tell exactly when the repairs will be finished. I will update you on the process soon.

“We have to wait until tonight before I can give further details.” said Mr Prasit.

“This does not much affect any boats or tourists, because we still have another pier available. However it might cause the tourists to take more time to board the boats.”

Phuket Marine Office Chief Surat Sirisaiyat warned boat operators and sailors on Sunday that the jetty at Chalong Pier collapsed and cannot be used for mooring.

“The right side of the pier has collapsed and can now pose dangerous to people. All boats are banned from using the pier until repairs are completed,” said an official notice signed by Mr Surat. (See story here.)

– Pakin Intajak

 

 

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lizardofoz | 07 March 2018 - 21:13:39

These guys would give Abbot and Costello and Laurel and Hardy a run for their money. Hit by a boat? It has been slowly rusting away for years and no repairs attempted all that time. Lucky side is there are no electrics down there to fry tourists. The guy sitting in the CCTV office has a clear view by camera of all of the happenings down there - if he is awake that is or not watching movies

Kurt | 07 March 2018 - 17:02:59

We rush, after many days? Give me a break. Laugh
And now talk about 'suspected'
Of course a mooring boat was the the source, no brain cracker, yes?
When boats arrive at chalong piers there should be a harbourmaster assistant on the jetties to witness 
Normal,is it not, with all these unlicensed boat drivers enjoying a smoke?
Chalong pier management sinks, as you see  What management? ...

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