Ship chandler to move operations to Huay Yai, Phuket after Pattaya protest


A Pattaya boat-maintenance company will move most of its work to Huay Yai following a protest by more than 50 area residents and students angry over growing pollution at the Sukhumvit Road ship chandler.

Executives at NPSK Marine Co. told Pattaya City Councilman Amnuai Somphongtham that engine installation, beam replacement and other heavy work will be moved immediately to its factory in Huay Yai. Meanwhile, the councilman reported, the company will take steps to shield neighbors from odor and pollution stemming from smaller maintenance jobs until all operations are moved to a new Phuket factory in May.

Due to complaints from locals, executives at NPSK Marine Co. will soon be moving operations out of Pattaya.Due to complaints from locals, executives at NPSK Marine Co. will soon be moving operations out of Pattaya.

The news cheered protestors, led by students and faculty from Aksorn Technology School, who picketed NPSK Dec. 3, complaining about dust, oil pollution and noxious odors from paint and thinner.

Piyapong Rattanakornkulphat, 31, said the pollution has been a recurring problem for five years, but that recently the company has increased its business, creating more problems for neighbors. Out of patience, they demanded the plant be closed permanently.

Amnuai and other area council members inspected the site and listened to both protestors and company officials in an attempt to broker a resolution.

The councilman reported that executives told him that the factory recently began importing boat engines and installed them at the Sukhumvit Road facility. It also was doing three beam replacement for larger vessels, but executives dismissed any notion that work would have affected neighbors.

Regardless, they told Annuai, NPSK already planned to move all its operations from the Eastern Seaboard to Phuket in May. Until then, it will continue to do speedboat maintenance, but take steps to mitigate odors and fumes including moving paint jobs to the farthest side of its property from homes.