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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Dec 2022 11:28 p.m. PST

Thai Rath reported on the sinking of the Royal Ship Sukhothai. 

The vessel took on water while at sea in the Gulf of Thailand. 

It listed to one side then sank beneath the waves.

But all hands on deck were saved…

ASEAN Now: link

Striker19 Dec 2022 12:22 a.m. PST

Curious about the cause. Human error? Sabotage? Kaiju??!!!

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2022 3:19 a.m. PST

Reported this morning at least 30 still missing.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2022 3:29 a.m. PST

From various reports it sounds like a sea inlet pipe failed and flooded the main machinery space. She was a small ship with two diesels driving two shafts so they are likely to have been in the same machinery space(sea inlet pipes can be prone to high rates of corrosion and increased risk of failure). More than that would be unfounded speculation. I could hazard a guess but that wouldn't be appropriate at this time.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2022 5:28 a.m. PST

Later reports saying "flooding through an exhaust pipe" (which would be quite an extreme event as the ship doesn't look to have low level diesel exhausts)

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2022 6:16 a.m. PST

Thanks for the details, David.

William Warner19 Dec 2022 10:49 a.m. PST

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm does bind the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

Lieutenant Lockwood19 Dec 2022 12:25 p.m. PST

+1 Mr. Warner

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Dec 2022 5:45 p.m. PST

Seems the engines failed in choppy seas, leading to flooding.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2022 10:45 p.m. PST

There is a vacation residence of the Thai King in that province. We often see Thai Navy vessels patrolling off the coast -- at least, I assume they're Thai Navy.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Dec 2022 7:48 a.m. PST

OK, latest version is high seas causing the electrical system to fail.

Military: link

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