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More trouble for Samui ferry: loading bridge collapse nearly sends truck into the sea

 

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A vehicle loading bridge of the Raja Ferry on Koh Samui collapsed yesterday morning.

 

The incident nearly sent a heavily loaded truck carrying coconut husks into the sea. 

 

The truck ended up wedged in position. 

 

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Picture: Manager Online

 

The R9 ferry was due to leave at 9.00 am bound for Donsak on the mainland. 

 

The incident follows the sinking of a Raja ferry at the weekend that resulted in loss of life, notes Thaivisa.

 

Source: Manager Online

 

 

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If you fail to maintain equipment to the highest standards $hit happens ☹️☹️☹️

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Of all the awful things carried by trucks on ferries, coconut husks must be one of the most benign. They would just float away and do no harm. Glad it wasn't, say, gasoline. 

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Not a Chinese driver thankfully

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thank god thailand does not have nuclear power plants, well yes, 1 university test reactor

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1 hour ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

thank god thailand does not have nuclear power plants

and the thing is, and this scares me, is that even though they know that an accident would level a city, and cause the deaths of thousands of people, the Thai contractors and government ministers would STILL be involved in graft!

 

It really does frighten me the lengths they will go, to get free money. 😞

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10 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

There must be a minister by now for all things falling down and sinking what has he got to say 🤔

A committee is being set up to look into it as we speak..........:thumbsup:

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3 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

There must be a minister by now for all things falling down and sinking what has he got to say 🤔

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I stopped using these ferries 20+ years ago and used the plane instead. The last Raja ferry I used was built in the German Democratic Republic (which seized to exist in 1989), then the vessel must have gotten sold to China by the various Chinese lettering all over the boat. Solid coats (plural) of oil paint could not cover the embossed/engraved German and Chinese letters. 

God only knows the history of that fleet and it would not surprise me, if the ferry which sunk as well as this particular ferry had an equally interesting history. 

But yes, money talks and if you are in a vintage ferry which had been shuffled all over the planet, then (preventive) maintenance becomes all the more important. For the latter you can look at most cars older than 5+ years - go figure! 

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I’m glad they are taking this downtime to get their house in order-what a mess

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Every time I used Raja I was amazed that the piers had not collapsed due to the amount of rust on the steel supports.

I always took my own inflatable buoyancy aid in case the ferry sank.

 

Seemed to me that if the boats were so decrepit that the Chinese didn't want them, how come they could legally be used in LOS ( no need to answer that- we all know )?

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9 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

 

 

Seemed to me that if the boats were so decrepit that the Chinese didn't want them, how come they could legally be used in LOS ( no need to answer that- we all know )?

From what I can see from the markings and original safety signs on the boats, it looks like they were once used in Korea or Japan, not China.

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