Thai coastal container ship sank, dozens of containers afloat

River/coastal Thai cargo ship PATHARA MARINE 6 capsized and sank at around 2340 LT (UTC +7) Jun 13 off Ko Si Chang island, while en route from Laem Chabang Port to Bangkok, according to official statement cited by Bangkok Post. 4 crew safe. There were some 70 containers on board, an unknown number reported floating around, including Ko Si Chang Anchorage area. During last 2-3 days, the weather in the area is rather rough, with strong southern wind and high swell, which, it is believed, was the cause of an accident. In Oct 2015, sister ship PATHARA MARINE 5 capsized and sank in Gulf of Siam under similar circumstances – being caught in rough weather, with 4 crew and 70 containers on board. All 4 crew were trapped inside and died. Photo Bangkok Post.
Several numbered PATHARA MARINE ships, of about the same characteristics, ply the waters of Gulf of Siam, with some 60-70 meters length and up to 100 containers capacity.
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