A New Andaman Wreck? Storms Sink Thai Bulk Carrier

Posted on 09/01/09 1 Comment
The crew of the sinking Chart 1 bulk-carrier ship clamber aboard life rafts in the Andaman Sea. (Photo: Phuket Gazette)

The crew of the sinking Chart 1 bulk-carrier ship clamber aboard life rafts in the Andaman Sea. (Photo: Phuket Gazette)

A Thai bulk cargo ship went down in during storms in the Andaman Sea Aug. 23 about five miles from the Phang Nga Naval Base, about 55 kilometers north of Phuket. All hands were rescued but the ship sits at the bottom of the ocean while owners and authorities sort out the insurance issues.

Will the ship become a new wreck for diver? Unknown at this point, but there’s some talk of salvage, according to the Phuket Gazette.

Third Naval Area Command marked the site where the boat sank and navy divers visited the site yesterday.

Vice Adm. Narong said recovery of the vessel would have to wait for confirmation of an insurance payout for salvaging the ship.

“We are worried about the environmental implications of the sunken ship and the prospect of oil and cargo being released from it, causing problems for the environment,” he  said.

According to the paper, the Chart 1, was delivering 1,200 teak logs from Myanmar to Vietnam when it ran into trouble.

The old ship was supposed to take a well-known nautical route from Burma, heading across the Andaman Sea, down through the Straits of Malacca and then on to Vietnam.

However, the bulk-carrier encountered problems not far from Thailand’s coast, where rough seas and severe weather battered the ship, causing multiple leaks in its hull.

Water also leaked into the engine room and began to sink the vessel.

Fearing the ship would sink, the captain alerted the navy, who arrived on the scene within the hour.

Full details can be read online here.

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