Ship operators in Pattaya have expressed concern over a shipwreck that has been anchored off the coast of Bali Hai Pier for over three months. The ship, which is in a dilapidated condition and is sinking, is emitting unpleasant odors and obstructing water traffic.
The Pattaya News reporters visited the area near the pier on November 14th after being informed of the wreck by nearby ship operators. Upon inspection, it was found that the ship is a deteriorated large, two-deck passenger vessel that is partially submerged in the sea. It is tethered to the footpath railing with ropes and is plagued with seaweed and shells.
According to a captain of a nearby speedboat, who preferred to keep his name confidential, the ship used to be a popular tourist vessel with a capacity of 150 people. However, it has not been in use for over three months and has been causing significant inconvenience for other ship operators in the area, the captain said.
The ship’s stationary position has made it difficult for boats to enter and exit the area, and the foul odor from the decaying shells attached to the ship’s hull have intensified during low tide and hot weather, causing an unpleasant experience to travelers at the pier.
The captain and other ship operators at Bali Hai Pier are urging the ship’s owner, who was not immediately identified, or relevant authorities to inspect the vessel and relocate it to another anchorage. They believe that this would not only improve the safety and efficiency of water traffic in the area but also alleviate the unpleasant odor and environmental impact caused by the shipwreck.