THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Doomed ‘Phoenix’ substandard: international experts

PHUKET: Police and international specialists have concluded the sunken Phoenix boat was substandard and illegally approved, and many officials and others connected with the July 5 tragedy will lose their jobs, the immigration chief said.

tourismtransportmarinedeathdisastersChinese
By Bangkok Post

Monday 17 December 2018, 09:05PM


The sunken ’Phoenix’ was lifted from the 45-metre-deep seabed off Phuket in mid-November. Photo: Transport Ministry via Bangkok Post

The sunken ’Phoenix’ was lifted from the 45-metre-deep seabed off Phuket in mid-November. Photo: Transport Ministry via Bangkok Post

Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, the immigration police commissioner, said in Phuket today (Dec 17) that crime detection police and specialists from China and Germany examined the vessel after it was salvaged.

“Chinese and German specialists agree that the boat was substandard… It was not built at a shipyard but at a machine shop. Police have laid down charges during the interrogation process. Phuket marine officials were prosecuted for dereliction of duty,” he said.

Gen Surachate said the boat should have had four watertight doors, but it had only one. Its glass windowpanes should have been of marine grade – breakable with a fist – but they were not.

"Many people died inside the boat because they were unable to break through its glass panes," the immigration chief said.

He also said that the boat’s engine was actually for a Hino truck. The boat was not built with a balanced body and instead used concrete lumps to balance it, Gen Surachate said.

A boat construction project should have 40-50 pages of blueprints, but Phoenix had only four to five blueprints, he said.

QSI International School Phuket

He assured people that authorities would take legal action against the engineers who accepted the boat design and approved its construction, together with the officials who authorised its construction and permitted its operation in the sea.

Gen Surachate said that he informed the Chinese consul-general that there would be a press conference to close the case next week.

The immigration police chief also said that more Chinese tourists were visiting Thailand thanks to marketing promotions and strict legal measures in response to the Phoenix boat tragedy, which killed 47 Chinese tourists while operating despite a rough sea warning on July 5.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

BigA | 19 December 2018 - 08:08:50

Any bet's there will not one Thai official as usual ,stand up and answer your question!
Horst

Kurt | 18 December 2018 - 05:56:02

Well, the outcome of the international investigation asks for 1 important 'order' from Bangkok to all thai Marine offices: .."Go out and inspect all vessels like Phoenix"..    I am sure there are more sailing thai death traps like the Phoenix was.
If no preventive inspections happen than the Phoenix disaster will not be the last one.

Nasa12 | 18 December 2018 - 05:28:02

Every singel boats in phuket are built in a back yard, not a single tourist boat is built by any thai or international standard (maybe some thai standard).

Discover Thainess | 17 December 2018 - 21:39:57

So how many other substandard boats are out there? If there is one there are certainly plenty or others. And is the head of the marine office being sacked? Or jailed? Surely responsibly stays with the boss? Criminal charges to come?

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Marine Rangers: DMCR calls for volunteers to help protect marine treasures

It is simple. Show me that DMCR, DNP, Marine Offices, and the Royal Navy join/coordinate forces to ...(Read More)


Marine Rangers: DMCR calls for volunteers to help protect marine treasures

Before I volunteer, tell me first what is the budget of DMCR to protect Thai Marine Treasures. And h...(Read More)


Facial recognition leads to fake-passport arrest

About 'fake' visa stamps: A few years ago I was departing SuvarnaBhumi with a international ...(Read More)


Facial recognition leads to fake-passport arrest

The money amount on the evidence table looks more about $ 50,000. Where is the 'rest' of th...(Read More)


Truck driver dodges charge for dangerous load as 33 tons of rice flip semi-trailer onto its side

What is the official load capacity of such semi trailer truck? Is 33 Tons not a 'overload'...(Read More)


Phuket braces for heavy weather, small boats advised to stay ashore

Really people. Why always trashing the authorities? They don't control the weather! Tourists are...(Read More)


Truck driver dodges charge for dangerous load as 33 tons of rice flip semi-trailer onto its side

Sounds like some elementary school yard logic there. This incident easily could have had much differ...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Road rage axe attack? Drugs found in rectum! Dark web bust sees 50 kids saved! || May 23

Hahaha,GT,i love that one ! Indeed a true expert for that part of the body!...(Read More)


Phuket Police say investigation into Finnish girl’s death inconclusive

If people wish to ignore warnings not go swimming in a raging swell, that is their responsibility if...(Read More)