Tourism, transport officials to study Pattaya marine operations to create safety study

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Transportation and tourism officials will study Pattaya’s marine-transport services to formulate a new marine-safety plan that can be utilized around the country.

Deputy Transport Minister Phongchai Kasemthaweesak and Chonburi Deputy Gov. Vorawit Saisuphanphol launched the data-collection initiative Oct. 10 at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel along with operators of tourist-boat services in the city.

Deputy Transport Minister Phongchai Kasemthaweesak (center) and Chonburi Deputy Gov. Vorawit Saisuphanphol (center left, with glasses) launch a data-collection initiative to formulate a new marine-safety plan that can be utilized around the country.Deputy Transport Minister Phongchai Kasemthaweesak (center) and Chonburi Deputy Gov. Vorawit Saisuphanphol (center left, with glasses) launch a data-collection initiative to formulate a new marine-safety plan that can be utilized around the country.

Pattaya has been designated as the pilot project to record data to analyze risks to safety. Data collected will be summarized and used to set standards to elevate marine safety.

Officials said awareness must be raised among tour-boat operators about safety. A “marine safety lover” award will be created to reward individuals and organizations with influential roles in developing marine safety.

The meeting closed with marine officials allowing boat operators to trade in old life vests to obtain newer, safer models.