Japanese tanker alleged hit and run, Gulf of Siam

Product tanker SUN FLORA allegedly collided with Thai 83-ton coastal fishing boat (Reg. No. 3109-02396) south of Sattahip, Gulf of Siam, while en route to Bangkok, at around 0500 LT (UTC +7) Apr 3. Boat broke in two and sank, 8 fishermen on board were rescued by a nearby fishing boat. Tanker reportedly, didn’t stop and continued sailing. Accident took place when it was still dark, tanker watch probably didn’t spot wooden boat, and didn’t feel the jolt when tanker struck the boat. Tanker berthed in Bangkok in the afternoon same day, so investigation is already under way.
Product tanker SUN FLORA, IMO 9832511, dwt 6852, built 2018, flag Panama, manager SHOKUYU TANKER CO LTD, Japan.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.