Thailand arrests 38 Vietnamese fishers, seizes 7 vessels
Seven Vietnamese vessels have been seized and 38 crewmen and skippers arrested for illegal fishing in the Gulf of Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the Bangkok Post reported. Naval officers from the patrol ships HTMS NARATHIWAT and HTMS KHLONG YAI spotted the Vietnamese vessels fishing off Koh Kra, an island 30 nautical miles from the coast of the southern province on Friday. The seized vessels, their crewmen and skippers were taken to the Second Naval Area’s Songkhla naval base on Saturday. The suspects were later handed over to Songkhla police for legal action.
Songkhla Port upgrades facility for better access
Bangkok: Songkhla Port in southern Thailand has renovated its breakwater structures for better ship access. The thalweg at the port usually becomes shallower during monsoon seasons as waves often sweep sand from the breakwater onto the thalweg. The marine department has decided to renovate the breakwater as a cost-effective solution to the problem. An official at the port said the renovation is expected to help bolster shipping and logistics business at the port. [seashipnews 02/03/15]Upload News