Connect with us


Concessionaires sought for boat quay



Concessionaires sought for boat quay | Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) has admitted defeat in its attempts to get tour boat operators to use its smart new Rassada Quay on Sri Sena Rd. Instead of trying to run the 65-million-baht quay itself, the OrBorJor now plans to call for bids from companies interested in running the pier on a concession basis. “We just don’t have the budget or the people to run the port,” Khun Wisut Santikun, deputy president of the OrBorTor, told the Gazette. The Rassada Quay was opened in November last year and attracted four tour boat operators. But when, in February, it started collecting port fees of five baht per outbound passenger, three of the operators pulled out and went back to using the fishing port opposite. The fishing port is filthy and reeks of rotting fish, and tourists often have to clamber precariously over other boats to get to their transport. But the operators say they prefer to use it because they can pay a fixed fee per month, no matter how many passengers they carry. “They all say that our rate is too high,” said K. Wisut. “Personally, I don’t agree. The facilities here are new. It is comfortable and it looks nice – we put 65 million baht into it.” He admitted, however, that the quay does have a couple of drawbacks. When the tide is particularly low, for example, there is not enough water for boats to come alongside. In addition, the quay is designed solely for loading and unloading of passengers; there are no refueling facilities. At an OrBorJor meeting next week, members will discuss possible structures for the concession – whether, for example, it should be a full concession or purely a management concession, or whether there should be different concessions for different operations at the quay. So far, says K. Wisut, three companies have expressed interest in taking a concession — one from Bangkok, one from Phi Phi and one from Phuket.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand4 hours ago

Cabinet seems to have ignored 4am nightlife proposal

Video6 hours ago

THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Korean woman arrested for 5-million-baht theft, 6-year overstay

Crime6 hours ago

Tuhao’s Chinese gang buys 50 homes in Bangkok luxury village with cash

Sponsored7 hours ago

Krungthong Plaza offers endless choices of well-selected plus-size fashion products

Road deaths6 hours ago

Bus flipped in Tak injuring 44 Burmese workers, killing 3

Thailand6 hours ago

3 men were arrested for stealing Thai Internet connection & World Cup betting in Cambodia

Pattaya6 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya woman left uninjured after overturning car

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime7 hours ago

Woman who allegedly scammed victims for over 30 million baht arrested in Pattaya

Bangkok7 hours ago

Bangkok BTS Skytrain fares to increase next year

Thailand7 hours ago

Police put brakes on car rental thief in Bangkok

World7 hours ago

New drug marks major milestone in slowing Alzhemier’s

World Cup8 hours ago

400 to 500 migrant workers in Qatar died due to World Cup, not 6,500

Visa9 hours ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand9 hours ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics9 hours ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Crime9 hours ago

Korean woman arrested for 5 million baht theft, 6-year overstay

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11