Containers salvaged from Chao Phraya river after collision

Thai authorities said that they had salvaged 51 containers after a collision between a feeder vessel and a general cargo ship in Thailand’s Chao Phraya River (IMN, November 5th).

Two feeder container ships, the O.P.K.3 (IMO 9092630) and NP Pathum Thani, collided during the afternoon of November 2nd in Chao Phraya river in the Bangkok area. The O.P.K.3 was leaving Bangkok port, bound for Laem Chabang, while the NP Pathum Thani was proceeding upstream to Klong Toey harbour, Bangkok, arriving from Laem Chabang. Both ships were loaded with containers. The bow of the NP Pathum Thani apparently struck the starboard side of the O.P.K.3 as the vessels travelled in opposite directions. The NP Pathum Thani suffered slight damage, while the O.P.K.3 portside hull was breached, causing significant water ingress. The ship rested on the bottom in shallow waters. The superstructure and part of the cargo deck remained above the waterline.

Reports claimed that the collision caused a two metres-deep hole in the hull of O.P.K.3. The captain of the vessel steered the ship to the shore in Phra Samut Chedi district while other crew members tried to pump out the water that was flowing into the ship.

The NP Pathumthani suffered minimal damage. There were no injuries on either ship.

1995-built, Thailand-flagged, 670 gt O.P.K.3 is owned and managed by OPK Logistics Co Ltd of Bangkok, Thailand.

2009-built 160 teu NP Pathumthani is owned by Siam Cement Group’s shipping unit SCG Logistics