Local and regional agencies opened their annual joint marine-safety center for the new year period.
Puripat Teerakulpisut, deputy director-general of the Marine Department, officially opened the Water Facilitation and Joint Safety Center at Bali Hai Pier Dec. 29.
Besides the Marine Department, the center includes staff from Pattaya City Hall, Banglamung District, Pattaya local, tourist and highway police, the Chonburi Tourism and Sports Department, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation and Asawari Network.
The mission of the center is for agencies to integrate efforts to enforce marine safety laws and respond to any accidents.
The center remains open through Jan. 4.