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Eighteen containers swept overboard

Eighteen containers were swept overboard from a barge en route from Trang province to Penang island in Malaysia on Sunday, with some washing up on a beach in Satun on Monday.

The Thai Marine Enforcement Command Centre Region 3 said on Monday five containers had been found on a beach on Koh Sarai off mainland Satun, while eight more were spotted by trawlers off Langawi island in Malaysia.

They were among 18 containers swept into the Andaman Sea from barge Namthong 27 on Sunday amid strong winds and high waves.

The YKP Ocean Line vessel was about 0.4 nautical miles from Petra Marine Park in Satun province when the storm hit, and was being towed by tug boat Fortune II from Kantang port in Trang to Penang.

The containers were filled with processed rubberwood, but the centre did not report how many were loaded on the barge.

The centre said the shipping company was dispatching two tugs — YKP Karishma from Kantang and YKP Marine from Penang — to locate the remaing containers and help authorities alert other ships to beware the floating objects amid unfriendly weather conditions in the area.

The two tugs had already reached Satun waters, it added.

A closer look at a floating container carrying processed rubberwood from Trang province to Penang island in Malaysia. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

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