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16 July 2010 :: 15:07:46 pm 31443

Derelict Old LPG Transport Vessel Stranded in Sriracha

A derelict old LPG transportation ship has washed up on a Sriracha Beach on Friday. The boat, moored out at sea for several months, broke loose of its fastenings during the overnight thunderstorm. Residents fear an environmental disaster should the vessels fuel tanks be perforated by rocks in the region.
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Sriracha, the 16th of July 2010: At approximately 9:30am on Friday, Chon-Buri Marine Transportation Head Mr. Phisut Amornyut held a press conference to announce plans to remove a stranded LPG transport vessel off the coast of Aou Phai Hill beach in Sriracha. The beach is just down the coast from Laem Chabang Port.

The vessel owned by the Picnic Company washed up on the coastline following severe weather on Thursday evening. The boat had been moored at sea, approximately 5km, for over 6 months and was for sale. Reportedly, the rundown condition of the vessel had restricted the owners from obtaining the required registration; as such, it was moored at sea awaiting resale.

Due to the condition and position of the vessel, local residents had become increasingly worried that the boats fuel tanks and/or the 4 LPG storage containers may become damaged causing fuel to leak into the surrounding ocean. Mr. Amornyut moved to assure residents that the vessels fuel tanks and the LPG containers were empty and that the boat would be removed from the area on the 19th of July.

The rocks around Aou Phai Hill beach reportedly grow a significant portion of the regions natural mussels, with residents fearing a fuel spill would kill the mussels and prevent them from returning to the shores.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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