The Deputy Governor of Phuket, along with many other relevant authorities, went to check on the readiness of ferry ports and hearten workers in operations.
The Deputy Governor of Phuket Pichet Panaphong visited ferry ports in Phuket today, April 12th, to inspect the ferries, safety supplies, and boat operators in terms of safety and availability to accommodate tourists who wished to use the service.Pichet said that the port was relatively lively with people (mostly Thais) who wanted to cross to Phi Phi Island in order to get to Krabi province. Each ferry could hold 80-150 people and is equipped with several requisite life-saving equipments such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and resuscitation kits with all four boat crews being well trained to use them. At the same time, there are also patrol boats from the Phuket Provincial Tourist Assistance Center that will rush to help in case of an emergency.According to Thiwat Seedokbub, Phuket Deputy Chief Executive of the PAO, the average number of tourists who took a ferry at Chalong Pier was 800-1,000 people per day, but that number will certainly increase to almost 2,000 during Songkran. He also urged operators to exercise extra caution with drunk passengers who may fall off a boat or cause harm to others. Noppol Owas, Managing Director of the Phuket Business Company Limited who operates Phi Phi Cruiser boats, said that 60% of passengers were foreigners, and 30% of them were Indian. Noppol commented that the situation was gradually improving as Thailand started to welcome more tourists. As for his cruiser boat service, he said that he normally received 100 passengers on weekdays but it has gone up to 200 since Songkran commenced.
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