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Thailand: Worrying incidents regarding the actions of Thai fishing boats against yachts - June 2013

By Val Ellis from report by Paul Carne — last modified Oct 14, 2014 02:38 PM
A crusier expresses concerns over the apparent intention of several Thai fishing boats to deliberately ram a cruising yacht.

Published: 2013-05-31 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2013
Countries: Thailand

On 4 separate occasions, (approximately once per month) we have had to take serious action to avoid collisions with large Thai fishing boats around Phuket en route to Langkawi. Despite having right of way, boats have gone out of their way to cross our bows VERY close. Even when we have turned away to avoid them they too have turned to remain on a collision course. Despite yelling, signalling and sounding the horn these boats have attempted to deliberately ram us. In the last few days we have heard first hand of 2 foreign boats colliding with such vessels and having to pay damages to them despite the Thai boats being in the wrong.

In our last episode, I discovered that if I appeared on deck with a camera and started videoing the episode the boat immediately turned away. This is a very worrying occurrence for foreign boats travelling in Thailand. I would be grateful if other similar episodes are reported on Noonsite.

Paul Carne
SV Pelican

Comment received 28 June

On our recent trip to Koh Samui via west Malaysia, we had many encounters with Thai fishing boats, whether they were trawling or not. On no occasions were we ever given right of way by any of these vessels. I just assumed they had right of way at all times, and have given them as wide a berth as possible. I didn't notice any times where I changed course that they did the same to keep a collision course,  but at no time did they ever change course to avoid me - even when I had right of way.
Brian Tennant
SV Stella

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