Navy Arrested Trawler OwnerThe Thai Navy have arrested the owner of 2 trawlers after they were notified that he had hired illegal workers.
SATTAHIP – April 26,2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 3.00 p.m., Vice Admiral Sucheep Wangmaitree (Director of The First Area of Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Center) was notified by a local fishing boat in Tambon Sa Mae Sarn, Amphur Sattahip, Chon Buri province, that there were 2 big dual trawl boats that were operating illegally by hiring alien workers for it crew in the area of Koh Khram (Khram Island) so he commanded Tor.111 patrol boat to inspect the fishing boats.
Upon inspecting the two trawl boats the first one was identified as Wor.Chok Chai Nawee 22, there were a total of 13 crew members that consisted of 11 Burmese and 2 Cambodians. The second trawl boat was identified as Wor.Chok Chai Nawee 11, there were 3 Cambodian crews members. The two boats were then ordered back into shore and the crew members were sent to the inquiry official of Sattahip police station to be prosecuted further according to the Thai law.
Captain Jaranwee Yart (Chief of Staff of Royal Thai Fleet, First Naval Area Command) said that from inspecting the 2 fishing boats the officers found that they were registered to Mr. Sonchai Chianmun, aged 71, residing at house no. 9/9, Moo 1 Tambon Sa Mae Sarn. He had illegally hired the alien workers. Therefore he was charged with committing an offence according to The Thai Sea Boundary Act by assigning the alien workers as crew members which is regarded as to nation security.