Krabi Province is on the western side of Thailand in the Andaman
Latitude 08° 04' N, Longitude 98° 44' E.
Local pilot available and will board with the agent at anchorage
and advise master regarding maneuvering and berthing. At berth
vessel uses port anchor with 3 shackles and must have good mooring
ropes, minimum length 200 m. each 70 mm. Diameter.
British Admiralty Chart 3941, berth can be approached from southwest
between islands of Koh Dok Mai and Koh Kai. Care must be taken
of rock 6 ft. high (Him Hmusang), and the dangerous rock (P.D.)
1 mile N.N.W. of Him Hmusang. Coast and islands well defined on
radar. It is best to approach in daytime due to the absence of
any lights or navigational aids. The only light is east of Phuket
(Ko Taphao Noi). The port can also be approached from South, keeping
2 miles to 3 miles east of Koh Kai and setting course 2.5 miles
from Koh Ngang. The stockpile of gypsum is clearly visible from
a distance of 6 miles. Approach is very picturesque.
Anchorage when awaiting berthing is about 1.5 miles west of the
Depth alongside at low water is 13.0 - 14.0 m.
Bangkok Radio (HAS 4) used for contacting agents and charterers.
VHF via Phuket Radio. Overseas calls can be made via Phuket Radio.
Vessels are allowed to use ship's radio station while loading.
Vessel maneuvers to within 25 - 30 m. of the finger conveyor-loading
spout, and first drops port anchor. Then 2 lines each are given
to bow and stern buoys, also 2 each to port bow and starboard
side to about 5 m. from the dolphin and spout. An extension conveyor
is hung from the ship's crane to convey the gypsum into the hold.
The vessel then shifts on mooring lines to bring the other holds
under the spout. It is advisable to pre-plan loading so as to
avoid unnecessary shifting.
lines are to have equal strain and are to be kept tight. The bow
and stern lines prevent the vessel from getting too close to the
loading spout and dolphin.
arrive with full ballast, as the height from the waterline to
the loading conveyor is 12.0 m.
is approximately 300-400 tons per hour.
cranes/derricks must be capable of lifting the extension conveyor
(approximately 3 tons) and bulldozer (approximately 2 tons).
No facilities available
Possible through Bangkok
Permitted. Nearest town is Krabi, distance 30 km., half the journey
is on an uneven dirt road. Crews have to climb a vertical steel
ladder fixed to one of the trestle supports of the conveyor.
beach, safe for swimming, lies very close to the moorings.
There is no need for special watchmen as only personnel required
for loading board the vessel. There are about 10 persons on board