Thailand Maritime News, Dec 2022 – Jan 2023 Summary

Container ship WAN HAI 272
Container ships collided in Bangkok fairway UPDATE
Feb 3 UPDATE: Still aground
Feb 2 UPDATE: WAN HAI 272 is aground and as of Feb 2, remains aground.

Container ship WAN HAI 272 collided with container ship SANTA LOUKIA in Bangkok approach fairway at around 0835 LT Jan 28, near buoy 9.
WAN HAI 272 sustained portside damages in fore cargo deck area, and remained at collision site, probably grounded, or entangled with buoy. As of 1130 LT Jan 28, WAN HAI 272 remained in the same position, with 3 tugs working on her. WAN HAI 272 was sailing to Laem Chabang from Bangkok, she arrived at Thailand from China.
SANTA LOUKIA suffered cargo deck damages, but was able to continue voyage and arrived at destination port, Bangkok, same day. On Jan 29 she left Bangkok, bound for Laem Chabang. The ship arrived at Thailand from Singapore.
Container ship WAN HAI 272, IMO 9493262, dwt 21650, capacity 1805 TEU, built 2011, flag Singapore, manager WAN HAI LINES.
Container ship SANTA LOUKIA, IMO 9634658, dwt 16889, capacity 1700 TEU, built 2015, flag Malta, manager EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MTME-LIE, Greece.

Tanker explosion, fire, 7 missing, Thailand. VIDEO
January 17, 2023 9:14 am
Tanker SMOOTH SEA 22 suffered explosion, followed by fire, at around 0900 LT Jan 17, at ship repair facility on Mae Klong river, west of Bangkok, Thailand. 7 people are missing, 4 suffered injures. As of 1530 LT fire was said to be under control. Tanker was undergoing maintenance repairs, explosion occurred during wielding works, so obviously, explosion was caused by gas in tank or tanks, which weren’t properly degassed. AIS undamaged, remains on air.
Product tanker SMOOTH SEA 22, IMO 9870991, dwt 6500, built 2018, flag Thailand, manager SMOOTH SEA CO LTD.

Tanker beached by stormy wind, Gulf of Siam
Dec 19 1430 UTC UPDATE: still aground.
Jan 23 UPDATE: Still aground.
Feb 3 UPDATE: Still aground, dredging works started Feb2-3.

Dec 18: MT PATTARAPUN, IMO 9036832, dwt 2980, Songkla Harbor, seems to drift aground at around 1630 LT Dec 18
UPDATE: Confirmed aground, anchor dragged in strong northern wind. Tanker is in ballast, crew remain on board. No salvage possible until weather calms. Strong cold northern wind in Gulf of Siam and most of Thailand since Dec 17, I live on the coast (literally, my condo has own small beach), confirm stormy cold weather. Russia Far East, Siberia and NW China are areas of extreme cold since late Nov, cold air masses slowly move down South, bringing to SEA stormy winds and cold.
Product tanker PATTARAPUN, IMO 9036832, dwt 2980, built 1991, flag Thailand, manager SIAM LUCKY MARINE CO LTD, Bangkok.

Thai Royal Navy Corvette sank in Gulf of Siam UPDATE 21 missing
December 20, 2022
Dec 19 1620 LT UPDATE: 21 sailor still missing, 1 body recovered, 84 rescued.
Dec 19 1120 LT UPDATE: Corvette sank at around 2330 LT Dec 18, some 20 nm off Bang Saphan Pier in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. There were 106 personnel on board, 73 rescued with 3 being in critical condition, 33 are missing, major SAR is under way. Thai Navy ships, helicopters and nearby ships are deployed in search for survivors. Of 73 rescued, 47 were picked up by HTMS KRABURI, 4 by tugs, 20 by MT SRI CHAIYA, and 2 by oil tanker, and 2 by MT STRAITS ENERGY.
Royal Thai Navy Corvette HTMS Sukhothai suffered water ingress and developed heavy starboard list up to 60 degrees, late at night Dec 18, in stormy waters of Gulf of Siam, after a blackout, which disabled mechanism and pumps. Blackout was caused by sea water leak leading to shortcut in wires. Understood all crew rescued.
Royal Thai Navy Corvette HTMS Sukhothai (FS-442), displacement 960, complement 87, armament guns, missiles, torpedoes, commissioned 1987.

Thai Royal Navy Corvette sank in Gulf of Siam UPDATE 21 missing

Coastal container ship sank in Gulf of Siam
December 19, 2022
Coastal container ship SUNTUD SAMUT 2 ran into trouble at night Dec 17-18 in Gulf of Siam, while en route from Surat Thani to Laem Chabang, Thailand, with 36 containers on board, in stormy weather brought by strong northern wind, raging in the area since Dec 17. The ship approached coast, last AIS pos was 1.7 nm off beach. The ship reported distress situation and requested assistance, reportedly she sank, but it is not confirmed. Understood 9 crew were rescued.
Coastal container ship SUNTUD SAMUT 2, MMSI 567551475, length 122 meters, flag Thailand.

Coastal container ship sank in Gulf of Siam

Tug sank in Gulf of Siam, crew rescued
January 8, 2023 9:01 am
Tug PL ARTHENA sank in Gulf of Siam some 10-12 nm off Koh Phangan island, near Samui island, Surat Thani Province, Thailand, shortly after 1200 LT Jan 7. Nine crew went into life raft and were picked up by nearby tanker NAPAPA (IMO 8534069), all are safe. Rough weather is believed to be the cause of disaster.
Tug PL ARTHENA, IMO 8019461, GT 292, built 1980, flag Thailand.

New car carrier line to connect China and Thailand. Probably.
December 18, 2022
Chinese media announced official opening of new regular ro-ro route, set to connect China and Thailand. New line was launched with departure of China Merchants’ car carrier CHANG DA LONG from Ningbo on Dec 16, with more than 1,200 China-made cars on board, destined for Laem Chabang, Thailand. Two monthly trips are presently, on schedule, to be carried out by 2000-cars class DALONG car carrier.
Actually, according to track and port of destination, CHANG DA LONG is sailing to Nansha with ETA Dec 19. Then there is the question of practicality of the project, unless each car carrier trip back to China is to be with full load of Thailand-made Japanese Brand cars, of very good quality – Japan was importing Thailand-made cars after Fukushima disaster. Who is to buy Chinese cars in a country which produces all top Japanese car brands, is anyone’s guess, unless Chinese cars are to be sold at much lower prices.
Car carrier CHANG DA LONG, IMO 9471197, GT 19684, built 2012, flag China, manager China Merchants.

New car carrier line to connect China and Thailand. Probably.

Tug service fee
Tug service fee in Bangkok Port will remain the same, according to PAT (Port Authority of Thailand) tug fee adjustment starting Jan 1 2023. It will remain. 2,321 baht/hr. In Laem Chabang however, tug fee will rise from 2,961 baht/hr. to 3,166 baht/hr.
Next adjustment will take place in April.

Freight Rates Thailand

ROUTE (from TH) Size 20′ Size 40′
Shanghai 900 1,600
Japan 650 1,300
South Korea (Incheon) 450 900
Europe 1100 1600
US West 1050 1500
US East 2130 3200



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.