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Phuket Governor inspects tour boat piers for Songkran safety

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Mar 25) led a team of officers to conduct safety checks on ferries and other tourist boats operating out of Rassada Pier as part of the annual safety drive for the Thai New Year Songkran festival next month.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 26 March 2018, 05:31PM

Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) Acting Chief Watcharin Patomwatthanapong, Maj Eakkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police and Sakorn Pudam of the Marine Department’s Region 5 office, which is based in Phuket also responsible for the Andaman provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang and Satun, joined the exercise.

Rassada Pier, located on the east side of Phuket Town, is a major departure point for tourists heading out to the popular islands in Phang Nga Bay and along the Andaman coast.

“I ordered the officers responsible for the operation of all commercial piers in Phuket to seriously enforce safety in their areas of responsibility,” Governor Norraphat said.

“Officials must check in and check out all passengers and boats as they arrive and depart from the piers. All CCTV systems and passenger data-collecting information systems being developed by the Phuket Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) must be ready in time.

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“This is especially so as I believe that more than 300-350 tourists will be travelling on 17-18 boats each day (during the Songkran holidays). The security priority is safety,” Gov Norraphat said.

“The safety of tourists during the Songkran festival will see many Chinese tourists using this pier. All structures and buildings must be strong enough,” Governor Norraphat added.

The call for heightened marine safety came just hours after a dive tour boat caught fire and sank en route from Koh Lipe to Phi Phi Island. Another dive tour boat in the area, about 22 kilometres south of Phi Phi Island, safely recovered all 29 tourists and the seven crewmen on board and brought them ashore at the Asia Marine Pier in Rassada at 5am yesterday. (See story here.)




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malczx7r | 27 March 2018 - 13:37:12

“I ordered the officers responsible for the operation of all commercial piers in Phuket to seriously enforce safety in their areas of responsibility,” So basically he told them to do what they are paid to do,  Though I must admit it seems unless someone is ordered to do something, generally they don't!

Kurt | 26 March 2018 - 19:24:36

Mhh, ok, and now, tell me, what is the conclusion of the Governor about safety, 3 weeks advance Songkran?
Did he come any further than :  " I ordered"?
What Governor actually ordered, should be always the standard procedures. Is it not?
So, what is wrong at that pier until today?
If nothing wrong, no governor orders needed, yes?
Just a publicity stunt to cover a..

BenPendejo | 26 March 2018 - 17:46:21

Gag me with these photo ops.  As if the Governor knows what he's really looking for.  Also, this should not be an annual dog and pony show...this should be an ongoing and random exercise conducted by the appropriate Department, and using a checklist to ensure consistency. Overall, this exercise is nonsense, and people that live here and know of the pathetic marine safety record know it.

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