Connect with us

Phuket

More submarine plans for Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

More submarine plans for Phuket | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

PHUKET: Another submarine will enter Phuket’s water soon, if a company from the mid-Pacific island of Saipan gets its wish. Jack McClure, general manager of Pacific Subsea Saipan Inc, today met with local officials, including the Governor of Phuket, Pongpayome Vasaputi, to brief them about his company’s plans. Pacific Subsea Saipan already runs submarine tours in Saipan, and wants to launch a similar operation in Phuket. The submarine the company proposes to use here is 22 meters long and can hold up to 50 passengers. It is equipped with breathing apparatus that can provide air for a full load of passengers for up to an hour. It can dive to a depth of 30 meters and has a maximum speed of 2 knots. “Submarine tours are very popular in many countries right now because some people cannot dive or swim,” Mr McClure explained. “And there are five times more tourists here than there are in Saipan.” Also present at the meeting, held at the Provincial Hall, were officials from the local Tourist Business and Guide Registration Office, the Phuket Harbor Master’s Office and the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet. Gov Pongpayome suggested that the civilian submarine be referred to as an “underwater vessel” to avoid people confusing it with a military submarine. “We are having difficulty identifying which regulations apply to this underwater vessel,” he added, “because, like the Subrider proposal, this is new for us.” Six days ago, Sitthichai Wonsrivikit showed officials his Subrider mini-submarines, which can hold four passengers at a time, and which he is already operating off Koh Hey. “Our main concerns are for people’s safety and for the environment,” the Governor said. “This underwater vessel seems safe for our environment and could be very interesting for tourists. But what laws will apply are still under consideration.”

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

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

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Phuket

Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Facebook/ Lalita Chaiyasit

A seafood restaurant in Kamala, a west coast town in Phuket, has received strong criticism on social media after trying to charge a customer 6,750 baht for a takeaway meal. 3,000 baht of the bill was a “cooking fee”. Lalita Chaiyasit took to social media to vent her disbelief after receiving the bill. She says she was on holiday with her family in Phuket and wanted to order some food for delivery to their hotel. At the recommendation of their tour guide, she chose the Nanork Restaurant in Kamala, sending the tour guide to pick up the food. A report […]

Continue Reading

Tourism

Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life

The Thaiger

Published

on

Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Lard Yai springs back to life - Phuket People's Voice

The Lard Yai Sunday night walking street along Thalang Road Old Phuket Town has reopened to the delight of vendors, locals and a few expats. It has been closed for 3 months after lockdowns were applied to community markets. New Provincial Governor Narong Woonchiew says he welcomes people back to the popular market. “The province and the private sector have worked hard to make sure Lardyai walking street is safe and complies with social distancing practices to regain tourists’ confidence.” Lard Yai, a fairly recent addition to Phuket’s vibrant market scene (about 4 years ago), became an instant success in […]

Continue Reading

Opinion

Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy

The Thaiger

Published

on

Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy | The Thaiger

“There were 13 children that died in this disaster. Many were later found dead, floating face down, not far from their deceased parents.” On an otherwise ordinary afternoon, two tour boats, Phoenix and Serenata, were heading back to Phuket after a half day tour of snorkelling near Koh Racha. The weather forecast was for seasonal monsoonal SW winds and waves, about the usual for that time of the year. But there was also a weather warning for a storm later in the afternoon of July 5, 2018. For whatever reasons the captains of the two vessels started heading back to […]

Continue Reading

Trending