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Sunken Samui ferry to be raised this weekend

Sunken Samui ferry to be raised this weekend

SURAT THANI: The salvage of the vehicle ferry that sank off Koh Samui during a storm on the night of Aug 1, killing five people, will begin this weekend.


By Bangkok Post

Friday 25 September 2020, 04:50PM


The last of the three lorries loaded with compressed garbage and electronic waste that were on board the Raja 4 ferry when it sank was raised from the seabed yesterday (Sept 24). Photo: Supapong Chaolan / Bangkok Post

The last of the three lorries loaded with compressed garbage and electronic waste that were on board the Raja 4 ferry when it sank was raised from the seabed yesterday (Sept 24). Photo: Supapong Chaolan / Bangkok Post

The operator, Raja Ferry Plc, said the raising of the vessel, the Raja 4, from the seabed would begin on Saturday (Sept 26) and was expected to take three days, reports the Bangkok Post.

The last of the three trucks that went down with the ferry, and their loads of compressed garbage and electronic waste, had been hauled from the bottom of the sea on Thursday, the company statement said.

The Raja 4 was en route from Koh Samui to the mainland when it sank in storm-tossed seas on the night of Aug 1.

Eleven of the people on board were rescued. The five other people died, with the final body being found only after a week-long search by divers. 

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A maritime investigation is underway. 

Surat Thani officials on Thursday held a rescue drill at sea near the spot where the Raja 4 sank, simulating a ferry on fire and rescuers rushing to help the people on board.

Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Boonyamanee said exercise was necessary to reassure visitors to Koh Samui, Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park and other islands that their safety was in good hands. 



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Kurt | 28 September 2020 - 10:07:49

Did salvage went well? By Thai or foreign firm? Wow, 8 weeks(!) to start to do this. Sure the 3 lorries 'compressed' garbage and electronic waist spread a lot of environment pollution down there.
Was laughing about that 'derailing' making safe feeling fire drill.  The Phoenix and the Raja-4 ferry didn't sink due to fires, but to lack of seamanship. 

Kurt | 26 September 2020 - 10:08:44

Big safety words of a deputy minister who doesn't know anything about 'seamanship'. As long thai captains sail out in bad weather to scope stormy water waves over their deck, making the ferry loose complete it's reserve buoyancy, that long there is no safety thinking, and we wait for next ships disaster.

 

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