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    Not my fault! How should I know!

    I am not one to throw complaints around, but! This takes the cake for not taking responsibility for what you are responsible for.





    PHUKET NEWS
    Saturday, January 25, 2014 Phuket time: 1:29 AM
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    Phuket Marine chief blames captains for ramming hidden mooring blocks
    Phuket Gazette - Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:43:00 AM

    The Lady Andaman made it back to Chalong Pier with 32 tourists on board before sinking to the bottom of the bay. Photo: Reiner Kaufhold


    PHUKET: Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut has blamed boat captains for ramming hidden concrete mooring blocks in Chalong Bay, saying local skippers should know where the unmarked moorings lie on the seafloor.

    His comments follow the sinking of the 10-million-baht luxury cruise boat Lady Andaman, which struck an unmarked sunken mooring block while approaching Chalong Pier on Monday (story here).

    “I inspected the site and confirmed that the mooring is not inside the approach channel [to Chalong Pier] – and we are not considering moving it,” Mr Phuripat told the Phuket Gazette.

    He also urged boat captains to not “take a shortcut” out of the approach channel.

    “I understand that it might save time, but it risks damaging your boat,” he said.

    Mr Phuripat admitted there were many other unmarked moorings lurking beneath the water’s surface in Chalong Bay, and that his office had no idea where those mooring blocks might be.

    He did not explain how boat captains seeking to anchor or moor their boats in the bay could safely navigate the waters outside the approach channel.

    “The problem we are facing is people keep cutting the buoys off. I have no idea why they do that, maybe for money,” Mr Phuripat said.

    “It is a complicated issue, as we cannot keep replacing missing mooring buoys forever.”

    During the inspection yesterday, Marine officials tied a new buoy to the mooring that sunk the Lady Andaman, which will allow helmsmen of other vessels to safely see the mooring marker on the surface of the water.

    “We can't track the location of every mooring we dropped and we don’t have a map for local captains to use, but this is no excuse – all boat captains know where they must sail their vessels and they should not take any shortcuts,” Mr Phuripat said.

    The hidden moorings in Chalong Bay have remained a serious safety issue over the past year. On February 26, the tour boat “Booze Cruise” collided at low tide with an unmarked block in the middle of the approach channel to Chalong Pier (story here).

    Not two hours later, a speedboat carrying tourists from Chalong Pier to a popular island resort off Phuket struck an unmarked mooring in the same location.

    Popular Phuket yachtsman Richard Spraggs, from New Zealand, paid with his life for a boat collision while moored in the bay. He drowned in the early hours of January 25 while trying to reposition his yacht, which had drifted too close to another boat (story here).

    Despite the ongoing damage to boats and loss of life, Mr Phuripat has held fast to his opinion that no further action needs to be taken to make the moorings safe (story here).

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    Bloody hell. Idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing into trouble
    “We can't track the location of every mooring we dropped and we don’t have a map for local captains to use


    TiT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut

    local skippers should know where the unmarked moorings lie on the seafloor.
    you wouldn't believe it if you didn't see it written .

    Man is obviously way out of this depth re his current position .

    However he does have a point of sorts here :

    that the mooring is not inside the approach channel to Chalong Pier

    and that dear reader is why you should keep to the channel .

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    Man is obviously way out of this depth re his current position .
    i wonder how he got the job then ?


    out of his depth
    snigger

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    and we don’t have a map for local captains to use, but this is no excuse – all boat captains know


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    Problem is that they dropped these concrete blocks in the very area boats go to anchor and moor. The cheap buggers used rope that when it rubs against concrete ………..

    With the robberies and physical attacks happening, The area has had more violent attacks than just about any place else on the globe. Now this and the new Krabbi Marina that is in the middle of the boonies. Plus you can't get to it unless it is on high tide.

    Guess they do not want yachts to visit. Now changed the visa length to 2 months!! What the hell.

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    Check this out....good for a laugh..
    ...Marine Department Vision & Mission


    Think this guy belongs to the Chalerm school of unaccountability and press releases.

    In any well ordered marine management environment this guy would be charged with criminal negligence...or atleast promoted to admiral.......

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    Dunno but since the Thai administration is obviously inept and apathetic... perhaps the Chalong Yacht club should negotiate to take over the the bouyage maintenance?
    Probably a lot to ask since most tourist marine operators would not want to fess up even the most modest expense?
    Think if my yacht was moored in Chalong would be more than willing to help pay for it..must be a few experienced commercial divers and marine engineers as members?

    Are there no channel markers?

    Re the mooring buoys: if the mooring lines were chain as they should be or atleast had stainless
    eyes ,shackles and thimbles..doubt anyone is actually cutting the lines?

    Mistakenly picked up a mooring in a Thai marine park...woken up by my rudder hitting coral..dove down and found a chunk of nylon just wrapped around and knotted to a coral head attached to the bouy..the buggers even came by later and asked me to pay for the privilege!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Man is obviously way out of this depth re his current position .
    i wonder how he got the job then ?


    out of his depth
    snigger
    How does any one get their job here in Thailand?, the answer is quite simple unless one lives on the Planet Zog , they just buy it ,and then just buy their promotion's till they get to the top of the ladder in their respective fields , be it School teacher .Policeman ,Military or politician , the reason why they pay is because the higher they are in the "pecking order" is the more they can eventually make through corruption , which sadly permeates through all sections of Thai Society and the worst thing is its quite acceptable to the masses ,this is the reason why this Country will never Change ,who ever is in power , and with my upmost respects any member who is in denial of this simple fact should go seek urgent physiological treatment

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    Guess no one is going to sue. Complete non accountability.

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    Do they charge for the moorings or are they free

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedkellylives View Post
    Do they charge for the moorings or are they free
    Free at the moment. To put nylon rope on concrete block is unheard of. So they are almost entirely hazards to navigation rather than an asset. So how do you sue the Thai government? No one will assume liability or even that they have screwed up. tremendous loss of face her but........

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    If you bloody well deserve to ' lose face ' then you should lose it !

    And your job.

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