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Shipyard fire guts Phuket tour boat

PHUKET: A tour boat under repairs went up in flames at a shipyard in Rassada on the east side of Phuket Town today (Aug 6), with the fire gutting the boat, causing an estimated B4-5 million in damage.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 6 August 2018, 06:40PM

Phuket City Police and emergency services were notified of the fire, at the Asian Phuket Marine and Dockyard in Rassada, near the entrance to the Saphan Pla Pier on the east side of Phuket Town, at 1:30pm.

Firefighters on four fire trucks arrived at the scene to be confronted with dark smoke billowing out of the boat, which was on the hardstand undergoing repairs.

With strong wind fanning the flames, and nearby boats also sustaining minor damage from the fire, the firefighters took 90 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Initial estimates valued the damage done at more than B4-5 million, said police.

Yodsanat Songkeatwong, the owner of the shipyard, told police that the boat had been on stands undergoing repairs since July 31.

The repairs were scheduled to be completed and the boat relaunched this Thursday (Aug 9).

Lt Col Chatchai Choonu and Capt Wetchasak Jun-Adung of the Phuket City Police noted in their initial report that the boat was 20 metres long, six metres wide, and registered to carry 125 passengers with a complement of captain and crew totalling six.

However, the registered name of the boat and its owner and operator were not recorded in the report.

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Mechanics were working on the boat this afternoon, Mr Yodsanat said, adding that he was preparing to have another boat brought down from its supports when he saw the front of the boat on fire and the flames rapidly spreading.

Mr Yodsanat said that he shouted to workers inside the boat to extinguish the fire, but their efforts failed, prompting him to call the emergency fire service hotline 199.

After questioning people at the scene, police at this stage believe the was started by sparks from cutting iron falling onto a “sofa”.

However, police noted that they will investigate further and have forensic police inspect the scene.

Of note, within metres of the boat on fire today was the Ao Nang Princess 3, the sister ship of the Ao Nang Princess 5, which caught fire and sank mid-transit on a day cruise from Phi Phi to Phuket via Nopparatthara Beach in Krabi in 2015.

The Ao Nang Princess 5 had 115 passengers – 107 adults and 8 children – on board, of whom 34 were injured, with 12-year-old Shani Maril, who was on holiday in Thailand with her parents, the sole fatality of the disaster. (See story here.)

An initial investigation by police concluded that the fire was not caused by careless maintenance. (See story here.)



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Christy Sweet | 09 August 2018 - 08:24:28

Colonialists? More likely Thailand will be taken over  by  simple miscegenation.  

MartinK | 08 August 2018 - 20:44:06

What happened to the "new" policy of removing personal jibes and criticisms on this site? At one point there were commenters who added value with information regarding the articles. Now it is only who can slam the other best, racist comments and people justifying their own uninformed views. Another troll site the same as Thai Visa, Pattaya One, etc.

DeKaaskopp | 08 August 2018 - 17:12:09

"radical extremist views and constant dismissive ignorance" Sounds to me like attributes belonging to the categories  of  the new colonialists on here.

Pauly44 | 08 August 2018 - 15:09:27

Pot calling the kettle black ematt, your radical extremist views and constant
dismissive ignorance suggests you and your gang of apologist cronies would be culturally unnacceptable in first world western societies and only acceptable in a place like Thailand, sad really!

ematt | 08 August 2018 - 08:36:04

Re: "Reading and understanding an article can be challenging"... What makes you think they are interested in understanding?  The angry and vindictive cultural misanthropes posting here are only interested in spewing hatefulness and venom. (Which presumably wasn't welcome in their own country either, otherwise they wouldn't be over here).

DeKaaskopp | 07 August 2018 - 16:41:01

"An Initial investigation by police ..."That statement was regarding "Ao Nang Princess 5" Reading and understanding an article can  be challenging sometimes ! For some poster obviously to challenging.

BigA | 07 August 2018 - 16:23:41

I hope the Insurance not pay otherwise it will be in!

BenPendejo | 07 August 2018 - 15:37:22

Of course the initial investigation shows no fault...this is Thailand, the land of carelessness combined with "0" accountability. As malczx7r mentioned, I guess it isn't considered "careless" when using a cutting torch or welder around unprotected flammable material like a sofa., then not paying any attention to realize that the fire was out of hand before they noticed it.

Kurt | 07 August 2018 - 14:46:34

..." police conclusion that it was not caused by careless maintenance"...., probably right.
Because,..It was due to working with welding equipment ( cutting steel, sparks showering a sofa).
Carefree unprofessional work, without using spark catching covers.  Work dumb? Try a fire while care free working.

malczx7r | 07 August 2018 - 12:24:55

"An initial investigation by police concluded that the fire was not caused by careless maintenance" 
 Really, must have been the fire fairies who caused it then! No Thai ever to blame, just like the slippery roads, "It was the hot sparks fault, not me creating them"

Discover Thainess | 06 August 2018 - 21:34:23

Good to see the recent safety crackdown is going as well as expected 

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