Posted on December 06, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Thai-flagged Tanker, GOLDEN BRIDGE 2 sank during the morning hours of December the 3rd while transiting through the Gulf of Siam, Thailand.
The incident occurred at approximately 0545 hours, while the vessel was transiting off the Chao Praya river estuary, south of Bangkok.
At the time of the incident, the vessel had been carrying over 100,000 litres of bunker oil as it sank. While the reasons for the capsizing are still under investigation, initial reports suggest that the incident was caused due to the presence of strong waves in the vessel’s stern area in combination with a generator failure.
Thankfully, the crew members of the tanker were saved by the vessel CHALAKARN that had been operating in the area.
Following the sinking of the vessel, a 3-mile long oil slick formed around the area, estimated at about 20,000 litres spreading from the site of the incident.
According to the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) – a Thai space agency operating under the Ministry of Science and Technology - the slick was reported to be located some 8 nautical miles off Si Chang Island near the Chon Buri province, moving westwards.
In response, the Royal Thai Navy has deployed a number of vessels equipped with skimmers, oil booms and dispersants in order to prevent the oil slick from mother further towards the coast.
A number of Thai environmental authorities have expressed concerns over the oil slick, suggesting that it may pose a considerable threat to the region’s marine life.
The region is home to exotic marine life, corals and mangrove forests who could be severely affected by an oil spill of such magnitude.
There’s currently no ETA provided by the Thai government as to when the oil spill will be cleaned up.