Maritime safety measures are being increased in the Andaman Sea ahead of the high season to ensure the safety of visitors. The Region 5 Marine Office, which covers six provinces including Phuket and Krabi, is working to ensure that operators and marine officials are familiar with safety precautions and regulations. This includes enforcing maritime regulations, inspecting piers and vessels, and checking boat licenses and work permits of crew members. The increase in safety measures is in anticipation of a rise in visitors, particularly Chinese travelers, following the launch of a visa-free scheme for Chinese and Kazakh nationals.
From January 1 to October 9 of this year, the Region 5 Marine Office supervised approximately 9.1 million people passing through the piers, with a total of 410,000 trips. Phuket had the highest number of passengers at four million, followed by Krabi at 3.6 million. Satun, Ranong, Phangnga, and Trang also saw significant numbers of passengers. In order to ensure safety, marine officials recently inspected several piers in Phuket to assess safety measures and emergency protocols.
These increased safety measures are aimed at enhancing the safety of visitors in the Andaman Sea during the high season. With the expected influx of Chinese travelers following the visa-free scheme, it is crucial to ensure that operators and marine officials are well-prepared and knowledgeable about safety precautions and regulations. By enforcing maritime regulations, inspecting piers and vessels, and checking licenses and work permits, the Region 5 Marine Office hopes to prevent accidents and emergencies. The recent inspections of piers in Phuket also demonstrate the commitment to maintaining safety standards and emergency protocols.