The Royal Thai Navy will need about 100 million baht to lift the sunken HTMS Sukhothai ship from the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand
Twelve companies with the necessary equipment are ready to take on the job, the Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported, citing a source in the Thai navy.
The service’s well-informed source said that Admiral Adung Phan-yam, commander of the Royal Thai Navy, has instructed a commission selecting a qualified company to expedite the selection process for the contractor. The source said that one of the conditions set by the Royal Thai Navy for the rescue operation is that the ship must be lifted in one piece without being cut into pieces.
The HTMS Sukhothai, carrying 105 crew members, sank in rough seas off the coast of Bang Saphan district in Prachuapkhirikhan on the night of December 18. Seventy-six people were rescued, 24 were killed and five were missing. The search for them is still ongoing.
Thai navy search teams have surveyed 33 locations in the bay, including Koh Khai in Chumphon province’s Patio district, but have found no trace of the missing crew. The father of one of the missing men told search teams he hoped the remains of his son, Petty Officer Third Class Sophon Wongsanit, would be found.
The Royal Thai Navy and the Prachuap Port Company held a religious ceremony at the port to bless the souls of the dead crewmen.
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