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    Survey Conducted of Garbage Truck Ferry Incident Effects on Environment

    BANGKOK(NNT) - After the garbage ferry’s foundering, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of National Resources and Environment has ordered related authorities to survey the damage to the environment before suing the RajaFerry company.


    The garbage ferry capsized about 5 nautical miles from Samui Island in Surat Thani, resulting in deaths and missing passengers and crew. Unfortunately, approximately 90 tons of garbage also sank deep into the sea.


    Mr. Chatuporn Burutpat, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Resources and Environment revealed that the garbage will surely affect the environment and he has already ordered the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and the Pollution Control Department to investigate the effects, especially on marine creatures, because of this time of the year, sea turtles are coming back to lay eggs.


    Besides the garbage, oil was spilled by the trucks and the ferry. The ministry will sue RajaFerry Company Limited for compensation and, if the company is fouind liable, it will face penalties for breaching the prohibition of sailing during the storm season.


    The permanent secretary also believes that this incident will be acellerate the search for sustainable waste management on Samui and other islands.


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    The permanent secretary also believes that this incident will be acellerate the search for sustainable waste management on Samui and other islands.
    The fact that they have any waste management at all is not far short of a fucking miracle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Besides the garbage, oil was spilled by the trucks and the ferry. The ministry will sue RajaFerry Company Limited for compensation and, if the company is fouind liable, it will face penalties for breaching the prohibition of sailing during the storm season.
    That is likely to be the end for the RajaFerry Company unless Limited in their name kicks in.
    Their business relies on cheaper fares for heavy transports like buses and trucks but for the residents they have always been the second option to use when the Seatran ferries are fully booked.
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    and the garbage was going WHERE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    and the garbage was going WHERE.
    Sssssssshhh you're not supposed to ask questions like that.

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    90 tons of garbage !

    That's a damn lot of garbage....and a big boat to fit it on.

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    As I understood things, Samui installed some years ago an expensive incinerator as an adjunct to their waste disposal programme but a failure to resource a maintenance schedule rendered it non-effective.

    Is this still the case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    That's a damn lot of garbage....and a big boat to fit it on.
    Compressed into rolls and plastic lined. Not much for a 10-wheeler with plank raised sides.
    They may even have put a net on top to hold the load in place..

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    As I understood things, Samui installed some years ago an expensive incinerator as an adjunct to their waste disposal programme but a failure to resource a maintenance schedule rendered it non-effective.

    Is this still the case?
    the fact that they are using boats to remove garbage from the island indicates that it is.

    the incinerator broke down many years ago and was never repaired, and i think it caught fire sometime after that.

    pressure from the boat company that has the garbage removal contract might have something to do with both the failure to repair and the fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    pressure from the boat company that has the garbage removal contract might have something to do with both the failure to repair and the fire.
    No, the incinerator broke down 8 years ago and waste has since then been put in a landfill, transporting the waste to the mainland started less than a year ago.

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    They truly are quite worthless people incapable of any competence beyond the cursory.

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    When companies in the west recycle so much waste, there is now a surplus, it makes life virtually impossible for third world countries to make any headway with environmental waste management.

    There was a time when locals would rifle through rubbish bags for recyclable materials, and make a living out of it. With the introduction of the minimum wage in Thailand, these opportunities no longer exist.

    Even incineration produces airborne toxins from cheap incinerator solutions. These are the likely solutions employed by a government interested only in profit.

    Perhaps the lack of tourists to plunder will teach them a lesson, but I very much doubt it. Everything about the country is highly refined exploitation of resources. Now that other third world nations are capitalizing on cheap labour elsewhere, Thailand’s military dictatorship is well and truly screwed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    90 tons of garbage !

    That's a damn lot of garbage....and a big boat to fit it on.
    dont forget to include the garbage trucks aswell.

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