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Phoenix tour boat salvage efforts move ahead slowly

PHUKET: Preparations continued to raise the sunken wreck of the Phoenix tour boat yesterday (Aug 30), though Acting Director of the Phuket Marine Office Wiwat Chitchertwong told The Phuket News that he does not expect any effort to refloat the boat to be carried out for another week.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 31 August 2018, 10:12AM


The Phoenix still lies on the sea floor at a depth of 45 metres some 1.5 nautical miles off Koh Hei (Coral Island) after it which capsized and sank on July 5 with 89 tourists on board – with 47 Chinese tourists dying in the disaster.

Strong wind and waves over the past month have restricted divers to working only one to two hours a day – if at all, Mr Wiwat explained.

“Today (Aug 30), the dive team went out with a speedboat to reinforce the supports tied the hull. They also tied a six-inch tether to a 200-litre tank, which is attached to a large balloon. This was all attached to the far side of the hull, which will support the boat and keep it stable.

“The underwater work has been difficult. There are obstacles preventing the team from doing their work all the time. Some days we spend only one to two hours on it because of uncontrollable factors, such as the wind,” he said.

Mr Wiwat said that with the work still yet to be done in order to safely raise the Phoenix, he did not expect any attempt to raise the boat before Sept 6-7.

“We must also be very careful not to cause any damage to the boat as it has yet to be inspected by investigators,” Mr Wiwat told The Phuket News this morning.

“After the boat has been raised, it will be taken to to Klong Tha Jeen (on the east side of Phuket Town), where it will be held for inspection,” Mr Wiwat added,

 

 

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DeKaaskopp | 12 September 2018 - 10:16:14

"Lifting a small wreck from 45m depth is peanuts,normally a 1 day job" Great to see that our multi-talented expat is also an expert for boat salvaging .

Timothy | 11 September 2018 - 08:29:03

Looks like they need more rusty oil drums. Another excellent example of Thai engineering expertise. 

Kurt | 10 September 2018 - 11:36:48

The whole Phoenix salvage affair becomes a real thai "we do this for the first time' affair. And a kind of "we do it our way".  Lifting a small wreck from 45 m depth is peanuts. Normally a 1 day job at a day with good weather.
Their doings during all the time of bad weather are quite funny. Will not be surprised when they get the Phoenix not surfaced in 1 piece. Perhaps they wo...

Capt B | 09 September 2018 - 22:13:46

A Nickels & Dimes Salvage Diving operation being carried out on SCUBA whereas they should all be using Surface Supply Diving Gear and there should also be a Deck Decompression Chamber on deck so no in water decompression but Surface 02 Decompression. I would have had the job done weeks ago. Contractor obviously not a member of IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) .

Wiesel | 03 September 2018 - 10:28:05

Why some people like to generalize??
"NO-ONE checks ......" 
Weather report for Phuket is often frong ;-)

Rorri_2 | 01 September 2018 - 10:12:42

"we spend only one to two hours on it because of uncontrollable factors, such as the wind" and this is why many boats sink, and people die... NO-ONE checks the weather report.

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