2 sunk coal barges to be salvaged, Ko Si Chang, Thailand

Two barges loading coal from bulk carrier SOUTHAMPTON on Ko Si Chang island Anchorage, Gulf of Siam, Thailand, crashed into each other and sank at night Jul 31, with 1,400 and 900 tons of coal, respectively. Accident was caused by rough weather brought by typhoon WIPHA passage. There was a meeting held on Aug 6, of all involved parties, including Maritime Safety Department, Marine Resources Department, local authorities and tugs operators. According to plan, barges are to be raised. Company UnderWater Engineering Co., Ltd. (Chinese?) contracted for salvage. Barges are resting at 15 meters depth, coal remain inside, no visible pollution reported. 500-meter safe zone will be implemented, to prevent coal from spreading. Salvage envisage partial underwater offloading of coal.
Bulk carrier SOUTHAMPTON, IMO 9546112, dwt 56975, built 2009, flag Marshall Islands.

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