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Expanding Phuket’s Marine Facilities News Feed

New facilities will also be developed for the use of cruise passengers disembarking at the port.

Phuket’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Somsak Pureesrisak, has pledged to support plans to develop Phuket’s principal port facility.

With an investment approximately THB100 million, the plans for expansion aim to support tourism on the island so the port is able to accommodate two large cruise liners simultaneously.

The project will involve extending the main dock by 60 metres to meet demand from an increasing number of cruise liners looking to berth at the island's only port, which was originally designed to accommodate smaller cargo ships. New facilities will also be developed for the use of cruise passengers disembarking at the port.

Plans for a port extension have failed to pass environmental impact assessment (EIA) evaluations for the past two years, but with greater public support and investment, local officials are confident the extension will go ahead.

“Phuket needs to be able to support more cruise liners, so more boats can dock here and stay for more than just a day trip,” said Somsak, who recently toured Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces to identify ways in which the government can support tourism along the Andaman Seaboard.

Plans are also underway to expand several of Phuket’s leisure marinas, as they are now enjoying high occupancy levels for the majority of the year. Luxury real estate in close proximity to leisure marinas is also attracting higher demand from investors seeking holiday homes and primary residences with access to a range of marine lifestyle benefits.

Following the success of Phases 1 and 2 of the residential development at Royal Phuket Marina, Phase 3 is now in the pipeline. The latest phase of development will comprise a 40-unit, two building condominium featuring hospitality services to be offered to residents by a hotel operator. Each of the buildings will also feature its own rooftop pool with panoramic views overlooking Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket’s Yacht Haven Marina also has plans to expand pending an approved EIA. The Phuket Island Marina Company also hopes to increase the size of the marina complex by developing the nearby land area with condominiums and facilities for boat owners, as well as doubling the number of berths.

Further down the coast, plans to develop Phuket’s Ao Po Marina include the construction of an integrated development around the marina that will comprise private villas, an up-scale boutique hotel and two man-made lagoons. The Marina Village will also contain restaurants, shopping facilities and offices for marine related business.

Meanwhile, over on the Thai mainland, the firm behind Phuket’s Boat Lagoon marina recently launched a new marina in Krabi. The first phase of development included 90 berths for boat owners, commercial facilities and undercover haul out for six yachts. Phase Two comprises resort homes in a high-end residential development.

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