During the early morning hours of April 3, the 107 meter long, 6852 dwt tanker Sun Flora collided with the wooden 83 gt fishing vessel Sri-nopparat 11 in the Gulf of Thailand off Sattahip, Thailand. The trawler quickly broke apart sending its 8 crew overboard into the water. A passing trawler saw the incident and was able to rescue all 8 crewmen. The Sun Flora did not stop and continued on to Bangkok. No reports of injuries or damage to the Sun Flora. Local authorities were alerted and have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 72 meter long, 3093 dwt cargo vessel Star 62 allided with several riverside homes on the Chao Phraya River in Phra Pradaeng, Bangkok, Thailand. The Star 62 had completed loading cargo of agricultural produce and was en route for Singapore when it suffered a malfunction in the steering system. The cargo vessel veered into the riverbank crashing into three homes. The homeowners were able to flee in time and there were no injuries.
Authorities arrived on scene and have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the vessel’s insurance will cover the cost to the damage caused to the houses. No reports of damage or pollution released from the Star 62.
The 163 meter long, 2352 dwt passenger Ocean Dream capsized and sank off Laem Chanang, Sri Racha, Thailand. The Ocean Dream was at anchor when fishermen spotted the passenger ship listing to port. The Ocean Dream had been at anchor for over a year without crew or maintenance and was considered to be abandoned. Authorities attempted to coordinate efforts with the owners to stabilize the Ocean Breeze, but the vessel capsized and sank before the plan could be implemented. The passenger ship now rests on its port side partially sunk. No reports of injuries. Authorities have dispatched a response team to determine if any pollution has been released. Later reports state some oil pollution was spotted near the wreck. Local authorities have stated they will consider wreck removal by a salvage company after further investigation.