New speedboat docking platforms open at Bali Hai

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Additional speedboat platforms have opened at Bali Hai Pier, offering faster loading and unloading of Koh Larn ferries.

Speedboat operators were required to register to use the new platforms in a test run Dec. 28.
The boat companies were urged to use the platforms after a visit by the governor of Chonburi on Oct. 18 during which he pointed out that it was dangerous for boats to come into shallow waters and disembark customers.

Additional speedboat platforms have opened at Bali Hai Pier, offering faster loading and unloading of Koh Larn ferries.
Additional speedboat platforms have opened at Bali Hai Pier, offering faster loading and unloading of Koh Larn ferries.

Orders were given to the Marine Department to organize the boats and have them use four existing floating buoys, but operators quickly complained there was insufficient capacity to handle the 343 boats plying the route between the mainland and the resort island.

Two more platforms were added and all six then were segregated by route. More upgrades are planned this year.

Those seeking transport can contact all the companies in the Lilawadee garden area of Bali Hai Pier.