Maintenance of phocea mekong boats in Phnom Penh
The dry season in Cambodia causes a lack of water making the Tonle Sap non-navigable during the months of April, May and June.
So these months are put to good use for the maintenance of Phocea Mekong cruises boats in Phnom Penh. Here are the pictures of the Sat Toung fairing in Phnom Penh.
To put it dry, we use in Cambodia a floating barge of French manufacture that flows then raises the boat by a system of ballasts.
Here we can see the preparation of the hold for the reception of the boat.
Then the hold sinks into the water filling the ballasts with the water of the Mekong. Then the Sat Toung is positioned between the two ballasts, well in the center, where it is docked firmly …
… under the supervision of Sandra, the executive director.
Ceremony before stranding
Before the boat is docked, a ceremony and offerings are made on its bow. The bonzes invoke the harmony between the river and the fauna living there, with the workers and Sat Toung. Everyone must be in his right place.
Dry docking of Sat Toung
That’s it, the wedge emerges by injecting air into the ballasts, lifting the Sat Toung out of the water. We can see here its low draft. The plans and its construction have been specially designed to navigate the unpredictable and facetious Tonle Sap. Its shallow draft allows it to sail for 9 months on this river, including about 7 months from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on the entire course. The Sat Toung is the only cabin slow boats in Phnom Penh that can sail for as long as the entire course.