Late last year the Phuket Maritime Authority graciously established some 300 new moorings around the island with some 200 at Ao Chalong, the main port of entry for foreign yachts.
see news report
Phuket NEWS: Phuket Marine Office splashes out B5.8mn on moorings
Unfortunately, the project
has gone disasterously wrong. Whoever was in charge of the project
was hopelessly incompetent with many of the mooring
blocks being laid within the navigation
channel and mooring
lines attached in such a way that within weeks most had chaffed and broken away.
It was inevitable that eventually a boat would ground on one of the hundreds of now uncharted and unmarked submerged hazards.
Surprisingly, it took until yesterday for the first, a tourist boat unfortunately called the "Booze Boat". Authorities quickly blamed the skipper
, despite the fact that the mooring was in the navigation
see Phuket NEWS: All safe after Phuket tour boat hits mooring, sinks i
Just to prove them wrong another boat the same day grounded on the same mooring block.
If you check out this video it is obvious what they were doing wrong in the laying of the blocks, but it also seems that there was no planning in their placement and they put them anywhere, including in the navigation channel.
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