At the inaugural Phuket maritime Safety Event, which took place at Phuket Boat Lagoon on Koh Kaew January. 15 2024, over 130 influential Marine Industry professionals pledged to increase safety in the island’s maritime tourism sector.
The event, which was opened by Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat, and marked a significant turning point for the industry.
Representatives from the marine industry pledged together at the event to take a proactive approach to safety concerns in order to create a secure and welcoming atmosphere for Phuket’s maritime tourism.
An important milestone was reached when the necessary parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It explained the terms and ideas required for the “United Commitment to Improved Marine Safety.” Important subjects covered by the agreement include drug testing, life jacket laws, extensive boat crew training, and rescue planning.
“The industry’s planned adjustments to its approach to maritime safety are a crucial beginning step. The release that followed said, “This event marked the first time that such a diverse spectrum of marine industry stakeholders were united through coordination and collaboration, acknowledging the significance of a harmonised strategy towards marine safety.”
In answer to inquiries on the occasion, 5 Star Marine owner Shaun Stenning stated, “The goal of the event was to have the whole industry come together to create a wave of change by committing to a new safety standard in Phuket, endorsed by the Provincial Government.””I’m overjoyed that marine industry professionals from all backgrounds came together to promote future safety.”
The collaborative endeavor aims to not only tackle urgent problems but also lay the groundwork for future collaboration and continuous improvement of maritime safety laws.
“By fostering a culture of responsibility and adherence to best practices, the marine industry in Phuket endeavours to create a safer and more secure environment for both operators and visitors alike,” according to a news release.
The push to improve boat and marine tour safety was sparked by the December 31 tour speedboat disaster at Koh Maithon, which resulted in the death of a 5-year-old Russian child and the critical injuries of five others.
Governor Sophon last week authorized the creation of a “Phuket Province Maritime Tourist Security Command Center,” which would be overseen by the Royal Thai Navy, to ensure that marine and tour boat operators follow safety standards.
A fantastic summary of the occasion is provided in the video below: