Pattaya’s Tourist Police Division office took delivery of two new patrol boats aimed at keeping visitors safer in local waters.
Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports Chavanee Tongroach pushed the emergency signal button to signify that the speedboats were ready to be deployed during a March 16 ceremony at Bali Hai Pier. Top Royal Thai Police and local government officials attended.
The 10-million-baht donation comes after Pattaya City Hall gave away its own patrol boat to the navy in February.
The new vessels will be operated by the Tourist Police under orders from Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to improve marine safety for tourists across the country.
Orders were given for the Tourism and Sports Ministry, Marine Police and Marine Department to draft safety plans, including zoning, volunteer training and the launch of marine patrols by the Tourist Police to boost the trust and confidence of tourists.
Boat Size – W. 2.95 m, L. 9.57 m, depth 40 cm
Engine – 250 hp, double engine = 500 hp
Top speed – 60 knots
Fuel capacity – 500 liters
Water capacity – 200 liters