Consumer Protection Board to head Pattaya boat-inspection task force

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The Office of the Consumer Protection Bureau has been tabbed to head an interagency team directed to inspect Pattaya boat operators in hopes of restoring tourist confidence in marine safety.

OCPB Director Santu Phormphan chaired a Nov. 11 meeting with representatives from the Thai Marine Department, Department of Special Investigations and Pattaya City Hall to organize crews that will check for boat operators’ readiness in handling emergencies.

All parties agreed on the need to vigorously check the licenses of captains and boat crews, as well as ferry and boat companies. As heard so many times before, “serious action” was again promised in case violations are found.

To show their resolve, the officers immediately trouped down to Bali Hai Pier for the media to carry out an inspection of boats there.