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Phuket marine safety ramped up for long weekend

Phuket marine safety ramped up for long weekend

PHUKET: Phuket Marine Office Chief Natchaphong Pranit has issued a slew of notices calling for boat operators to strictly observe safety regulations ahead of the four-day weekend, which starts tomorrow (May 4).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 3 May 2023, 01:53PM

Photo: TAC Phuket

Photo: TAC Phuket

Radio Thailand Phuket posted the safety notices, comprising four pages of regulations in total, online late yesterday (May 2).

Many tourists are expected to visit Phuket over the long holiday from May 4-7, Mr Natchaphong noted.

Tomorrow (May 4) marks the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn as King of Thailand which took place on May 4, 2019 at the Grand Palace, Bangkok.

The Cabinet in January this year approved May 5 as an additional holiday to create a four-day weekend to boost domestic tourism.

“Many people are expected to travel back home [to Phuket] and a lot of tourists will come to visit various water attractions… and the coastal areas of Phuket,” he added.

Among the safety rules to be observed were that all boats must be registered and not carry more passengers than permitted.

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Operators of piers were also warned to not exceed the safe number of people allowed on piers and pontoons when making their way to and from boats.

All operators of piers and boats are to ensure that all safety equipment, including life buoys and safety vests, was fully functional and adequate for the number of people on board.

Local officials began inspecting boat operators and piers yesterday, with one boat operator at Chalong Pier arrested and taken to Chalong police Station to be fined for operating a vessel with expired registration.

Of note, among the rules posted was that, “While the boats pass each other or overtaking other boats at close range, the boat operator must slow down so as not to cause waves affecting the other boat or cause danger to other vessels”.

Of note, the safety orders were signed and dated Apr 28, a week after a foreign passenger was injured by a “close pass” by a speedboat estimated to be travelling at about 25 knots in the approach to the channel leading to Royal Phuket Marina and Phuket Boat Lagoon.


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JohnC | 04 May 2023 - 08:35:13

Marine safety is not something that is to be observed just over a long weekend. It should be observed every single day and every time when boarding a vessel leaving shore. Far too many people get blase about safety at sea thinking it is overkill. 

Capricornball | 03 May 2023 - 20:07:02 "Ramped Up" means doing what is supposed to be done every day. Bunch of stooges, generally admitting that they know the rules are rarely adhered to, and as Kurt mentioned, sending out a lazy BS message to cover his ass if Somchai kills a few tourists or crashes a boat. They ought to send out officials to wake up the lifeguards, like the one I saw sleeping yesterday at Surin.

Kurt | 03 May 2023 - 18:16:57

The useless always returning same bla bla of Chief Pranit. No one will read/notice it. But Pranit's job is done. And he's covered again. Can go relaxing a long weekend. When something happens at sea Pranit can flutter with his papers. 


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