Bangkok: The Marine Department of Thailand will impose more rules on offshore loading and unloading of crude oil to prevent accidents similar to the recent PTT Global Chemical oil spill.
According to Kajornsak Saengsombat, director-general of the department, companies will be required to increase vessel monitoring when loading and unloading oil, while the boom will be placed 50 metres around the single point mooring to control potential spillage.
The Pollution Control Department expects to reveal the results of seawater quality tests next week. Other environmental quality tests will involve sand on the beaches and the air around Koh Samet and its vicinity for a maximum of one year, Kajornsak added.
The Marine Department will also inspect PTTGC’s mooring to see if it can handle crude oil transfer, under a request of the company to resume operation of mooring near Map Ta Phut. [09/08/13]