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Billion baht expansion of the Phuket deep sea port

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The one billion baht First Phase expansion at Phuket’s deep sea port will be done within 18 months.

Yesterday (June 5) a meeting was held at the Cape Panwa Hotel led by the manager of Phuket Deep Sea Port Company Limited, Wanlop Pongluengtham.

Mr Wanlop says, “The company has received a 30 years concession starting from May 1 this year from the Thai Treasury Department to manage the Phuket Deep Sea Port. The area covers 106 rai plot of land. We have planned to develop in four phases.”

“The first phase will have to be under a Term of Reference (TOR) contract which is to build a 900 square metre passenger terminal  with landscaping and infrastructure renovation including port expansion to support cruise ships.”

“Before, Phuket Deep Sea Port was built just for freight transportation, but that is happening less with all the flights coming into the island these days. On the other hand, tourism continues to grow. More cruises are coming to the port now. We have planned to expand the terminal from 360 metres to 420 metres. The port will be able to support two cruise ships at the same time.

“The expansion is expected to be done within 18 months. The first phase will cost one billion baht. In five years from now it is expected that there will be no more freight coming through the Phuket Deep Sea Port.”

“Phase Two will be developing more facilities such as restaurants, duty free shops and souvenir shops. Phase Three will include the development of a convention hall or exhibition hall. Phase Four will require the acquisition of land from the rivate sector to be developed as luxury hotels.”

“In the next two years the Marine Department will dredge the main channel from 8 to 12 metres in depth which will allow the port to be accessible to larger ships.”

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Weather for January 22

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Bangkok

Partly cloudy. High 33C. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Phuket

Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. High 31C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Chiang Mai

Plenty of sunshine. High near 30C. Winds light and variable.

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Pattaya

A good deal of sunshine. High 32C. Winds N at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Hua Hin

Partly cloudy. High around 30C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Koh Samui

Overcast with rain showers at times. High around 25C. Winds E at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.

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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder – PHOTO: Guy Nowell

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Air quality for Thailand – January 22

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Northern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

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Central Thailand

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

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Southern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

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