Feeder container ships collided in Bangkok, one sank UPDATE

Nov 6 UPDATE: All 51 containers were recovered, the ship was refloated.

Two feeder container ships, OPK 3 and NP PATHUM THANI, collided in the afternoon Nov 2 in Chao Phraya river in Bangkok area. OPK 3 was leaving Bangkok port, bound for Laem Chabang, while NP PATHUM THANI was proceeding upstream to Klong Toey harbor, Bangkok, arriving from Laem Chabang, both ships loaded with containers. NP PATHUM THANI struck by her bow OPK 3 starboard side after she suddenly veered off course. NP PATHUM THANI suffered slight damages, while OPK 3 portside hull was breached, causing massive water ingress. The ship rested on bottom in shallow waters, with superstructure and partially, cargo deck, remaining above waterline.
Feeder container ship O.P.K. 3, IMO 9092630, dwt 1300, built 1995, flag Thailand, manager OPK GLOBAL LOGISTICS CO LTD.
Feeder container ship NP PATHUM THANI, MMSI 567000022, GT 355, length 50 meters, flag Thailand.



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