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No irregularities found in Phuket fishing boat checks

PHUKET: Officials from various local government agencies carried out random inspections on fishing boats at Rassada Pier yesterday looking for cases of illegal employment, working conditions and human trafficking in the fishery industry.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 10:36AM

Officials carried out random inspections on fishing boats at Rassada Pier. Photo: PR Dept

Officials carried out random inspections on fishing boats at Rassada Pier. Photo: PR Dept

No irregularities were found during the course of the officials’ inspections.

At 3:30pm yesterday (July 24), Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office Chief Kowit Kao-ian assigned Paisarn Sukpunwan, head of the Administration Department at the Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office to inspect fishing boats at Rassada Pier for any irregularities including illegal employment, working conditions and human trafficking.

Joining Mr Paisarn for the inspection were officials from the Phuket Labour Protection and Welfare Office, Phuket Employment Office, Phuket Social Development and Human Security Office, Phuket Immigration Office, Phuket Marine Office, Phuket Public Health Office, Police Region 8, and the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO or OrBorJor).

A boat from the Krabi Marine Fisheries Suppression and Protection Centre also joined the operation.


During the inspection officials carried out checks on three fishing vessels, the first, Siri Namchok 8 was found to have 30 workers on board; three from Thailand, 26 from Myanmar, and one from Cambodia. No irregularities were found.

Officials then checked the Chok Kanjana 95 which had 33 workers on board; four from Thailand and 29 from Myanmar. No irregularities were found.

The last vessel to be inspected was the Sor Eakwaraporn 3 which also had 33 workers on board; two from Thailand and 31 from Myanmar. Again, mo irregularities were found.

During the course of their inspections, officials also conducted random interviews on the boats’ workers and found that all had gone to work in the fishing industry voluntarily.



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Jor12 | 29 July 2018 - 12:01:32

Like i keep evidence just don't bother. Idle innuendo with no basis in fact just serves to fill up the comments section for PN. 

MartinK | 28 July 2018 - 12:10:05

"Where is the evidence ..." if this question is asked in seriousness then no amount of pointing to the hundreds of articles on this site and thousands of daily examples would convince you. How are those anti-pollution magnets working by the way :)

Jor12 | 27 July 2018 - 16:58:03

As was pointed out, where is the evidence for such further defamatory statements and if money is a fact, has that been reported? or just wanting to sound good?

Kurt | 26 July 2018 - 11:55:49

...."What useful purpose would it serve?"...
Simple answer:  Money.

Jor12 | 26 July 2018 - 09:05:15

Where is the evidence of the defamatory statement that public servants lied in this matter  (or any other matter) and what useful purpose would it serve? If there has been deception has anything been done about it? or just sounds good on PN comments.

Kurt | 25 July 2018 - 12:35:55

It is simple Thainess in this matter. The talks of officials are according the unworkeble thai law. The practise is as we see daily around us, with no surprise that officials do lie and denial to public, still thinking they can fool residents.
They just don't want illegal workers on fishing boats, if they do the fishing boats can not sail out for fishing.

Asterix | 25 July 2018 - 12:01:40

I'm surprised that Phuket Employment Office did not find irregularities about the many foreigners working on the 3 fishing boats according to the new labour regulation valid from 01 July 2018.
Fishing boats:
1/- Siri Namchok 8 with 29 workers: 3 Thais & 26 from Myanmar
2/- Chok Kanjana 95 with 33 workers: 4 Thais & 29 from Myanmar
3/- Sor Eakwaraporn 3 with 33 workers: 2 Thais &...

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