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Submarine firm woos authorities

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PHUKET: The promoters of planned submarine trips for tourists last night made a bid to convince authorities that their machine is safe – and to persuade them to issue the necessary permits. The presentation by Phuket Submarine Ltd, at the Royal Phuket City Hotel, featured slides of the DS-48 sub that the promoters hope will be operating in the waters around Phuket by the end of this year. The company is seeking licenses to operate from November. A DS-48, which can carry up to 50 passengers underwater for an hour, will arrive in Thailand in September. The battery-powered sub can dive to a depth of 75 meters and has a maximum speed of 3 knots (about 6 kmh). Similar vessels are already operated by Phuket Submarine’s partner, Pacific Subsea Saipan Inc, in the waters off the mid-Pacific islands of Saipan and Guam. (See also http://www.submarine.co.mp/ ) Pacific Subsea Saipan’s general manager, Jack McClure, was in Phuket in June last year to talk with Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi and other local government officials. Dokmai Island, near Maithon Island, is the likely destination for the sub, which will make about eight 40-minute trips a day, with passengers able to view their surroundings through large glass windows. The cost is expected to be US$55 (about 2,500 baht) per person. Four external cameras allow the pilot to track the sub’s path and a boat on the surface also keeps track of the sub’s position. Last night’s presentation and briefing at the Royal Phuket City Hotel was attended by local authorities and representatives of the Royal Thai Navy. Issue raised included the difficulty identifying which regulations apply to the underwater vessel, and its effect on the marine environment. Safety of passengers is also a concern, though the submarine’s builders say they have been operating for 15 years off the mid-Pacific islands of Saipan and Guam, without a single accident. Vice Admiral Pairoj Theerachai told the group: “When it comes to national security, there is no problem at all because the submarine will operate in one area, and not go anywhere else. “As for safety, it has a secure system, according to the certificates, including ones from the Environmental Protection Association [of Thailand] and the US Defense Department. “We will have a meeting and talk with the Phuket Harbor Master about how we are going to register the pilot. The existing regulations deal only with surface vessels, not submarines.” Surin Bomrungpol, Managing Director of Phuket Submarine said, “Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin has said he would like to support this [project] because Phuket has beautiful natural resources but still trails behind Singapore and Malaysia in terms of technology.”



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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

Read the story and see the video below…

Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

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