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Phuket speedboat drivers, tour operators get safety training

Phuket speedboat drivers, tour operators get safety training

PHUKET: A total of 75 speedboat drivers and representatives of tour operators who use the Koh Kaew channel underwent some basic training on Monday (Feb 24), being reminded of the speed limit in the channel and who has right of way.

By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Wednesday 26 February 2020, 06:12PM

The training session was held at the meeting room at Phuket Boat Lagoon, Phuket Marine Office Director Wiwat Chitchertwong told The Phuket News today (Feb 26).

The training session was held to follow the order issued by Marine Department Chief Witthaya Yamuang after his inspection of the site of the tour speedboat collision that killed two Russian children and injured more than a dozen more tourists on Feb 10, Mr Wiwat explained. (See stories here and here.)

Joining Phuket Marine Office officials delivering their lectures at the session were representatives from Royal Phuket Marina as well as officers from the Phuket Marine Police, Royal Thai Navy and relevant government agencies, Mr Wiwat added.

“All lessons were taught to all 75 boat drivers and tour operator representatives. They were chosen from Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina only,” he said.

“Now they have learned to drive more safely while on the water,” he assured.


At the meeting, the boat drivers taught a slew of safety regulations, including the “give way” rules for boats in the channel, Mr Wiwat confirmed.

“If two vessels are passing each other in the channel, they must keep right. If the boats are to cross paths, the vessel to right must go first,” he explained.

Boat drivers were also reminded that the channel speed limit in the channel is 5 knots, Mr Wiwat added.

Boat driver s caught breaking water safety regulations will be warned, Mr Wiwat said.

“If a boat captain ignores our warnings, the Marine Office may suspended his boat driving license for two years,” he said.

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Kurt | 27 February 2020 - 10:29:46

Now the marime Office Phuket has to do her part in safe channel sailing. It must have there in day time, until last speed boat returns a surveillance team to catch speed @ rules of the road violators, and chain their boats immediately. That is the only way to save tourists lives.

Kurt | 27 February 2020 - 10:22:16

What is that always 'warning' nonsense. There has been now a teaching day about sailing safety regulations. That already is a warning! Not more warnings, any one who violate from now the sailing safety regulations should suspended hit boat driving license for 2 years immediately. Always that soft warning after warning doing leads not to tourist safety improvement.

malczx7r | 27 February 2020 - 06:44:24

Amazing that they need to be taught who gives way and the speed limits! Of course no one follows speed limit rules anyway in Phuket! Surely you would've thought, their captain training would teach them these most basic of rules?

goldwing | 27 February 2020 - 05:04:54

these "boat" drivers are supposed to have a mariners certificate, don't they have to learn any o these basic  marine rules to qualify?

Rorri_2 | 26 February 2020 - 19:37:46

Ah yes, the good old "training" session...another case of look, we're doing something, when in actually achieving nothing.

Nasa12 | 26 February 2020 - 19:21:12

Look at the pictures, and you can se not many of this cowboys are interested in this one days school about safety. 

Capricornball | 26 February 2020 - 19:10:36

Silly, Kindergarten level instruction that most basically-educated people would understand as common sense.  Once these guys get back in their boats they will probably revert to their standard "me me me" approach to boating. 


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