MV Trident Dives HTMS Pangan

Posted on 07/08/09 No Comments

The deep wreck explorers at Koh Tao’s MV Trident are back home after their early July expedition to the HTMS Pangan. The three-day, three-night tech liveaboard hosted tech divers from various Koh Tao schools.

Rediscovered in August 2005, the Pangan is Royal Thai Navy ship bult in Japan before World War II. Carrying ammunition and gunpowder for disposal, she reportedy sunk in a storm and fire in 1961. The wreck is about 60 nautical miles from Koh Tao.

In their trip report, divers from Big Blue Tech, one of the schools with customers aboard, wrote that the trip was a “real eye opener.”

Like many wrecks in this area, the corridors and doorways are smaller than expected. For many western divers this is a challenge as the ships are built in Asia for Asian men. You only need to look at a Japanese sailor and then an American sailor to see the difference. American and British vessels have typically larger spaces and doorways and are easier to get around. Thankfully this wreck has many openings and exits so if you do find yourself wedged in a room and unable to go back the way you came you just have to swim out through the deck.

Check out photos and the full trip report on the Big Blue Tech Blog.

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