After an incident in which a ferry capsized during stormy weather off the coast of Koh Samui last weekend, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of National Resources and Environment has ordered related authorities to survey the damage to the environment before planning to sue 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 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 plans to sue RajaFerry Company Limited for compensation and, if the company is found liable, it will face penalties for breaching the prohibition of sailing during the storm season.
The permanent secretary also believes that this incident will help speed up the search for sustainable waste management on Samui and other islands.
Source: Press Release from the Thai National News bureau, with light editing and links to prior articles from The Pattaya News team