The HTMS Chang

Posted on 08/02/12 11 Comments The HTMS Chang, to be sunk as an artificial reef for scuba diving on Aug. 16, 2012 to commemorate Her Majesty, The Queen's birthday.Being an avid wreck diver myself, I was both ecstatic and disappointed when I heard that Koh Chang will soon have a new wreck of her own. Ecstatic, because Koh Chang is only about 5 hours traveling from Pattaya but a little disappointed because she would not be sunk in the Pattaya area, as had been eluded to during a meeting with the major of Pattaya, Khun Itthipol Kunplome, Khun Jatuporn Buruspat, Director of the Dept. of Marine and Coastal Resources and his Adviser, Dr. Torn Thamrongnawasawat, and representing the Thai Royal Navy, Captain Chesta Jaipiem, Director of Civil Affair Division, Hans Ulrich, the then Director of PADI Southeast Asia, and representatives of various Dive Operators in Pattaya in November, 2009. The Pattaya Mail suggestion that the reason that Pattaya did not get this wreck and the other two recently sunk in Chumphon and near Koh Tao was from a lack of follow up from the esteemed major and TAT, is not entirely correct as the various representatives of the local dive operators, who seemingly could not be bothered to work together promoting the project, carry some of the blame. As I learned from various sources that the HTMS Chang was quite a bit larger than our wrecks around Pattaya I had to go down to look at it myself before she was sunk. I have to tell you, I was absolutely astounded by the shear magnitude of her. By volume she is over 4 times what our two wrecks are. There will be something for every one. With three main decks and 7 decks from the bridge to the bottom deck there will be penetrations ranging from mild to deadly. For the cautious diver it should not present a problem but invariably there will be some who will go too far. In the dark it will be quite easy to loose your direction unless proper care is taken! As she is not yet fully prepared it is impossible to know yet just how safe they will make it before sinking her, but at the level of work we observed that day and the amount left to do before the 16th it is probable that she will become a very interesting but potentially dangerous wreck. I can't wait to dive on her!!! Here is a link to see her specifications. Thanks to Navsource Online. Here are some architectural drawings of the HTMS Chang, though actually these are from a ship of the same class. Thanks to the Historic Naval Ships Association. Architectural drawings of the LST 542 Class of which the HTMS Chang is. According to the Navy during our above disclosed meeting there are still two more ships that will be wrecks in the near future. Hopefully we here in Pattaya can still get one or both as it would greatly improve the diving we have here to offer. This HTMS Chang will be the best wreck in Thailand until they sink another comparable one. Let's try to work together and get the next one here in Pattaya!! It would benefit more than just the diving community!

HTMS Chang

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5 Comments

  1. Tim says:
    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:24pm

    Pictures are wrong. You’ve got the shop photos in the gallery now 🙂

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    • Robert Camp says:
      Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 5:30pm

      Thanks for the heads up. Fixed it.

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  2. Mat P says:
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 5:02pm

    Cannot wait to get out on that wreck once they get it down. Thanks for the pics Robert

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  3. Pierre says:
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:44pm

    That will be some great fun!

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  4. Oliver says:
    Friday, August 3, 2012 at 1:23pm

    Yes I’d say she will be deadly …

    prepare yourself for prooper line managemnt and make yourself familiar with the engine room and its location / exits.

    Because you will be in there a couple of times to fish out remains from over enthusiastic divers.

    But sayign this .. I will be diving her ASAP 😀

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