The #Thailand Transport Ministry has ordered the Harbour Department to tighten safety measures after a speedboat collision in a #Phuket canal killed

Speedboat deaths spark safety concerns in Thailand – AGAIN

Speedboat deaths spark safety concerns in Thailand – AGAIN

Speedboat deaths spark safety concerns in Thailand – AGAIN

Speedboat deaths spark safety concerns in Thailand – AGAIN

Speedboat deaths spark safety concerns in Thailand – AGAIN
Speedboat deaths spark safety concerns in Thailand – AGAIN
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The #Thailand Transport Ministry has ordered the Harbour Department to tighten safety measures after a speedboat collision in a #Phuket canal killed two Russian children and injured 19 Russian tourists on Monday.

Deputy Transport Minister Atirat Ratanasate said Harbour Department officials are stepping up their investigation and questioning the captains of both boats involved, to establish the exact cause of the accident.

The captains have been charged with reckless driving causing death and injury.

Their permits have also been revoked.

To avoid such tragedies in future, the department has been ordered to overhaul boat safety measures and ensure that captains and operators meet its standards, Mr Atirat said.

A speed limit of five knots has been imposed on certain canals, most of which are narrow and shallow, he added.

The ministry has also ordered the Phuket Marine Office to conduct safety-awareness courses for boat captains and asked operators to ensure their skippers strictly abide by the law.

“Those who defy the laws will see their helmsman certificates revoked for two years,” Mr Atirat warned.

The canal where Monday’s fatal accident took place has since been dredged to widen the navigable channel.

SPEEDBOAT CRASH – 2 tourists dead, 21 injured

The Harbour Department has asked for extra budget next year to hire contractors to dredge other canals in Phuket.

A 12-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl from Russia were fatally injured when the ALP 111 speedboat on which they were travelling collided with the Panan 5 as it approached Royal Phuket Marina in tambon Ko Kaeo to pick up tourists.

The ALP 111 was insured by South East Insurance, with each passenger covered for 300,000 baht in medical costs, 500,000-baht compensation for the death of a child and 1 million baht for the death of an adult, said Mr Atirat.

The operator of the Panan 5, SeaStar Co, had insurance covering 500,000 baht of medical expenses for each passenger, he added.

The boat also had third-party insurance from Viriyah Co of 15,000 baht for injury. – Bangkok Post



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Irishman found dead in Pattaya condo

A 50 year old Irishman has been found dead in the condo he rented in #Pattaya.

The man was found lying naked on his bed.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and no sign of a struggle in the room.

Police were called after neighbours reported a strong smell coming from the man’s room.

Police said the man had been dead for several days.

The man’s body has been sent for post mortem to establish an official cause of death. – Naew Na



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3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK

Some 3,000 Chinese-speaking tour guides in #Phuket are out of work and need financial assistance to pay their living expenses, Phuket Professional Guide Association Deputy Chief Natthakorn Ruengrote revealed this week.

Mr Natthakorn explained that there are about 7,000 tour guides registered to work in Phuket, reported Post Today.

Of those, an estimated 3,000 are qualified and registered to lead tours in Chinese language, he added.

“During this time of the year is usually the peak season for Phuket tourism, but now more than 3,000 Chinese-speaking guides have no work because of the fall in the number of Chinese tourists [coming to Phuket],” Mr Natthakorn said.

Even the guides not specifically trained to lead Chinese tours are being affected, he added.

“In this situation, we have to adapt ourselves and cooperate with officials to promote tourism,” Mr Natthakorn stressed.

“Tour guides have to adapt and improve themselves by learning more languages used in Southeast Asia and work more with airlines, such as AirAsia and Nok Air, to promote tourism in neighboring countries,” he added.

“The target groups should be middle-class people in each country, and attract them by giving them promotions to come during the Songkran festival [Thai New Year] in April,” Mr Natthakorn said.

“Our association also wants a soft loan from the government in order to keep our industry going in this situation,” he urged.

“I predict that the coronavirus will affect Phuket tourism longer than six months, and more tourists will not come until October, Mr Natthakorn added.

ARRIVALS PLUNGE

Confirmation of the dire situation was initially confirmed by statistics posted by the TAT Intelligence Centre last week, marking huge falls in the number of international tourists arriving in Phuket for the same period last year.

Last Monday the number of arrivals had fallen 12.04% year-on-year. Last Tuesday that number blew out to -29.8%, by Wednesday last the number of arrivals had plunged by 32.98%. Thursday’s international arrivals had recovered to a fall of “only” 8.6%

But the plunge returned in full vigour last Friday (Jan 31) as total international arrivals – not just Chinese – fell by 38.64% year on year.

The number of international arrivals Saturday (Feb 1) “recovered” somewhat to a plunge of 30.23%, before nosediving again to Sunday (Feb 2) seeing the plunge blow out to -41.04%, then to -44.22% yesterday.

Phuket Governor yesterday (Feb 3) assured that the government is doing everything it can to curtail the spread of the virus in Phuket, and elsewhere in Thailand, and still promoting tourism to the island. – Phuket News



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