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Tour boat safety ramped up for long weekend

Tour boat safety ramped up for long weekend

PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket Marine Office conducted safety inspections of passenger and tour boats operating at the major piers in Phuket as the number of visitors to the island is forecast to exceed 10,000 a day over the four-day weekend.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 15 October 2022, 09:00AM


Phuket Marine Office Chief Nachaphong Pranit explained that the number of people using tour boats and ferries to and from Phuket had increased dramatically since the long weekend began on Thursday.

The inspections were aimed at ensuring the safety of tourists, Mr Nachapong said.

Officers conducted checks to make sure that passenger capacity limits were not exceeded, that boats were properly registered and boat operators were fully licenced, and that appropriate safety equipment was on board and in full working order.

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Captains and crews were reminded to ensure they check weather reports and wave conditions regularly, and heeded all communications by marine officials, especially regarding safety measures.

The inspections found no violations of any maritime regulations, regarding safety or otherwise, Mr Nachaphong said.

People can report any maritime accidents or safety concerns or incidents by calling the Marine Department 24-hour hotline 1199, Mr Nachapong said.

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Kurt | 16 October 2022 - 13:01:22

Guess money thinking overrules anything else. So, they sail out.

Wiesel | 16 October 2022 - 12:57:07

@ J.C: It will rain a lot in the next few days and boats have the ability to float on the water. Strong winds and high waves are not expected.

JohnC | 16 October 2022 - 09:03:00

Did the Marine Office warn all those boat captains it's not wise to venture out to sea during the long weekend because of the expected severe weather conditions? Hasn't stopped raining all night and looks like set in for all day too. Be madness to go on any boat trip now.

 

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