Container ship and tugboat unable to be salvaged after being stranded in Phang Nga beach for two days

Phang Nga –

A tugboat and a container ship that were stranded at Koh Phra Thong, Phang Nga province for two days were still unable to be salvaged as of this morning, June 9th, as the waves remained unstable, Phang Nga’s Provincial Labour Office reported.

Two marine vessels, the “YKP Marine” tugboat and the “Namthong 39” container ship, were reportedly washed ashore on the Andaman coast to the West of Koh Phra Thong in Kuraburi District since Monday, June 7th. The salvage team had arrived at the scene on the day of the report but was still unable to salvage the vessels just yet.

Acting Director Kittipoom Samaiklang told reporters that the officials had conducted a preliminary investigation of the incident coordinating with the owners who were responsible for the ships to report more details of the accident and present documents and evidence, including the ships, the commander, and the crew onboard.

Regarding the salvage operation, a barge and a crane vessel were deployed to gradually move the containers from the ship. A salvage tug was also deployed to remove the “YKP Marine” before two more similar vessels were used to drag “Namthong 39” from the stranded area.

However, due to today’s weather with quite strong winds, the team was unable to salvage the ships. The staff had to wait for the waves to calm and wait for the sea level to rise at the highest before they could successfully salvage the ship carrying 126 containers.

Meanwhile, all of the eight crew members from the ships were required to conduct a Covid19 swab test, check the temperature, and proceed with the local quarantine for Covid-19 detection while the Phang Nga Regional Harbor Office would continue to plan a salvage operation for further action.

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