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Phoenix recovery team yet to arrive

PHUKET: A new salvage team to try to recover the sunken tour boat Phoenix has yet to arrive in Phuket, CaptEkkachai Siri of Tourist Police confirmed this morning (Nov 8).

By Tavee Adam

Thursday 8 November 2018, 09:54AM

Divers with the Spitz Tech Co Ltd salvage team assess their next step in the months-long attempts to recover the ‘Phoenix’, before they abandoned the project. Photo: PR Dept

Divers with the Spitz Tech Co Ltd salvage team assess their next step in the months-long attempts to recover the ‘Phoenix’, before they abandoned the project. Photo: PR Dept

The news follows reports that the salvage team had arrived to start their recovery efforts yesterday.

“A company from Singapore is the new operator to recover the Phoenix, and will use a 1,000-tonne crane to raise the boat,” Capt Ekkachai told The Phuket News today.

“The crane will arrive tomorrow (Nov 9) and will set the site and be ready for use in one to two days after that,” he said.

Capt Ekkachai declined to give any further information.

“I will send what information I have to Phuket PR (the Phuket Provincial office the Public Relations Department),” he said.

Meanwhile, Acting Phuket Marine Chief Wiwat Chitchertwong – as with all this week – was again unavailable for comment this morning, while all other officials at the Phuket Marine Office that The Phuket News spoke to said they were not authorised to comment on the publicly-funded project.

The move to hire a new company to raise the Phoenix follows Spitz Tech Co Ltd ceasing its efforts in recovering the wreck, claiming it encountered too many problems in raising the 29-metre-long boat. (See story here.)

Of note, one of the Spitz tech divers involved in the salvage, Niphat ‘Joch’ Kludnak, 37, died on Sept 29 after fainting at the back of the main salvage boat and falling into the water. (See story here.)

Spitz Tech Co Ltd was hired under a B10-million contract to recover the sunken tour boat.

So far no details have been released about the arrangement for the new company “from Singapore” – which remains unnamed – to salvage the wreck.

The news also follows Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana late last month handing down an order from Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya for officials in Phuket to push for the island to lead the way in restoring tourists’ confidence in travelling to Thailand.

Under the order, preservation of life and property are to be given top priority, while the media “is to be told the truth” about tourism issues. (See story here.)



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Capt B | 09 November 2018 - 09:42:46

Should the Marine Dept. require the services of an IOGP Client Worksite Representative who has carried out an IMCA training provider Client Rep's course, to ensure they get the job done safely & cost effectively, my services are available @ THB 100,000 per day
with a slight tweak to my Work Permit. The PN has my contact details.
Good luck.

Capt B | 09 November 2018 - 09:37:42

Its good to know that somebody from the Marine Dept. read my PN posted comments on "Phoenix tour boat salvage efforts move ahead slowly"-31 Aug & "Probe into Phoenix salvage death sinks"-11 Oct. 2018

Pauly44 | 08 November 2018 - 12:33:09

What an embarassing disaster, a diver even died, total incompetence at every level, 47 died and they cant even hire the right comany to get the job done, pathetic. 

Kurt | 08 November 2018 - 10:28:59

Finally! The S'pore professionals called in! The salvage job will be done within 48 hours. Than Phoenix stands high and dry. Thai Spitz Tech Co workers should stay at the scene as 'students' to learn about salvage work..
A police Maj and Marine Chief duck and 'decline'. This salvage-2 goes over their head. They have no clue about it. It will happen faster than they can think

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