Bangkok, 5th August 2019 – The Marine Department has announced that vessel traffic along the Chao Phraya River is being supervised from Monday (Aug 5) to Friday (Aug 9) to facilitate rehearsals of the Royal Barge Procession, as part of nationwide celebrations of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s coronation earlier this year.
The Marine Department has reported that the river traffic control area will run from Thon Buri Bridge in Bang Phlat district to Mon Canal in Bangkok Yai district, as the Committee for the Royal Barge Procession Royal Thai Navy, under the administration of the Royal Thai Navy, will conduct rehearsals until Friday, between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The rehearsal time could be extended, if necessary.
The Marine Department has called on all vessels in this area to be vigilant and move slowly during this period, as waves could affect the rehearsals. All vessels are to make way for the procession and are prohibited from interfering with the Royal Barges. As for passenger ferries, they are to halt their services until the barges have passed or wait for a signal from officials of the Marine Department to resume operations.