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Harbour Department orders life jacket standard improvement

PHUKET: The Harbour Department of Thailand has issued an order that all life jackets for boats should meet an approved quality of standard, and that any boats renewing their licences as from Jan 1 will have to replace their life jackets should they not meet the approved standard, the Chief of Marine Office Region 5 in Phuket Surat Sirisaiyat has confirmed.

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Thursday 11 January 2018, 12:28PM

“The Harbour Department of Thailand issued the notice that all boat owners renewing their boat licence from Jan 1, 2018, will undergo a quality check of its life jackets,” said Mr Surat.

“And by the end of 2018, the standard of all jackets in all boats will have to be certified by the Harbour Department’s standard or to national standard for certain kinds of boats,” he said.

“This rule will be fully in force by Jan 1, 2019. The Harbour Department hopes that all boats will feature life jackets certified by them by 2019,” he added.

The life jackets placed on boats must be able to adjust their shape to help people sleep, in a reclining style, and needs to be labelled with a ten centimetre by ten centimetre tag showing that the quality of the life jacket has been approved.



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Asterix | 12 January 2018 - 12:00:42

I agree that life jacket are not for snorkeling but it is a fact that without life jacket for snorkelers, snorkeling tours would be impossible and a lot of tourists would be drowned especially Asian people and Russians.

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Asterix | 12 January 2018 - 12:00:24

There is a life vest for snorkeler but it is an inflatable one by mouth and it is use only in emergency and just a few of tourists in Thailand would be able to use it after training by professional Instructors which would be unacceptable by snorkeling tour boat operators by lost of business opportunities and revenues.

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Kurt | 12 January 2018 - 02:10:27

Normally life jackets are not used during snorkeling.
A snorkeler suppose to be a good swimmer.
And for people who never snorkeled before, do a few hours snorkeling course with a scuba dive school. They even get a certificate.

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Asterix | 11 January 2018 - 16:30:09

Thanks ThePhuketNews, but the both life jackets will not fit for snorkelers and we see a lot of complaints from speedboats and boats operators.
The "Vest Type" with a collar is an expensive one and will make a snorkelers with a mask and tuba in an uncomfortable position.
The "York Type" will make the snorkeler to be on the back all time in an uncomfortable position to snorkel...

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Editor | 11 January 2018 - 16:18:36

Hi Asterix, we have just been sent them and they have been added to the story.

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Asterix | 11 January 2018 - 15:57:35

Harbour Department of Thailand should have provided photos of the models of life jackets that all tour boats must buy to be according to the new regulation.

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