Posted on April 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Thailand-flagged LPG Tanker, NP BANGPAKONG allegedly collided with a coastal fishing vessel in the afternoon of April 23rd while transiting through the eastern Gulf of Siam.
The vessel had been en route from Vietnam to Laem Chabang when it collided with the unfortunate vessel.
The incident occurred at approximately 14:45 pm, some 8 nautical miles west of Koh Chang island, in Trat Province, Thailand.
Following the collision, the vessel proceeded to sink, which forced everyone aboard to try and escape the capsizing ship.
There was a crew of 8 people aboard the fishing vessel, 7 of which were successfully rescued by a fellow fishing boat that had been operating in the same region.
According to initial reports, upon hearing of the incident, the tanker returned to the scene of the collision and assisted in rescuing the fishermen.
Unfortunately, the fishing vessel’s Master, one Bear Thong Suk died shortly after being transported to a hospital Bangkok.
Local maritime authorities have opened an investigation into the incident that led to the untimely death of Mr. Thong Suk.
The Master of the LNG vessel has been called in by the local police in order to be interrogated as to the events that led to the collision.