PHUKET: Eight unmarked concrete moorings near the Chalong Pier fairway that are believed to have sunk two boats within the last year were removed last Friday.

I think it is best to have the blocks near the fairway removed to prevent further accidents, said Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut, maintaining that no blocks exist within the approach channel itself.

Chief Phuripat has consistently denied that there were problems with the mooring placements, redirecting accusations toward the theft of mooring buoys, reckless driving and illegal moorings established by locals.