By Phuket Gazette
A team from the Marine Department together with Phuket’s Marine Office Chief, Surat Sirisaiyasat and Marine Police, visited the pier on Tuesday as it is the main departure point for travel to other many islands off Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.
“The Ministry of Transport has marked December 29, 2017 to January 3, 2018 to be very strict on checking safety. Before this period, we will have our officials checking the condition and safety of boats as well as their equipment, the pier and boat crew. There will be a large number of people using the pier and travelling by boat during the New Year season,” said the marine office chief after the visit.
“Apart from checking safety measures, we will also be keeping a close eye on weather forecasts to provide boats with the most accurate information. Captains’ licences, boat licences and rescue equipment must all be ready, otherwise the boat won’t be allowed to leave the pier.”
However, he said, after checking the piers around Phuket, it seemed that all are well prepared and the tourists are being well briefed before getting on the boats and departing for the islands.
“I would like everyone involved, including people in the area, to support marine safety and security. We also have safety operation training with Marine Police, Royal Thai Navy and volunteers for a fully integrated network of communications.
“If there’s any emergencies, contact 1199.”