Six more workers were found dead on January and 18th after the explosion and fire aboard tankship Smooth Sea 22 (IMO 9870991) at the Ruammitr dockyard on the Mae Klong River, just south of Bangkok, Thailand during the morning of January 17th (IMN, January 18th 2023). This brought the total number of confirmed dead to eight. At the time, there were 27 dock workers on board or near the vessel. Many people were initially reported missing, but the vast majority were later found. A search was launched and two charred bodies were discovered on January 17th. The following morning a third body was discovered in the river and brought ashore at Wat Pak Samut pier. Five more workers’ bodies were discovered later. Four other workers were hurt. Two of those killed were Myanmar workers. The Marine Department will investigate the explosion and consider compensation for those affected by the blast. An investigation committee was formed. Its findings are expected before the end of January. Houses on both sides of the river were damaged by flying debris and the blast’s shockwave. Last AIS was January 18th, when the vessel was stopped at the port of Samut Songkhram.
2018-built, Thailand-flagged, 2,998 gt Smooth Sea 22 is owned and managed by Smooth Sea Co ltd of Bangkok, Thailand. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Smooth Sea Co Ltd.