By THE NATION
The ferry capsized and sank two miles off Koh Samui on the night of August 1, after its cargo of three garbage trucks reportedly shifted. The accident killed five of the 16 people onboard and left garbage strewn across the beaches of nearby islands.
Raja Ferry Port managing director, Apichart Chayopas, said his company has hired MS Service to conduct the salvage operation and would now send the plan to the Surat Thani administration and relevant authorities. The salvaging firm has conducted an underwater survey of the wreck and its cargo of trucks, he added.
MS Service president Wirot Kulwirottama said they planned to salvage the boat by using two cranes. Divers will also cover the boat with a net in order to prevent garbage spilling from the trucks when it is lifted to the surface.
The operation will take at least a month, depending on weather, he added.