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Phuket’s Marine Industry Sails Ahead News Feed

Phuket’s Marine Industry Sails Ahead

Phuket is already seen as one of Southeast Asia’s premier yachting hubs, but local policy-makers are now serious about boosting its reputation even further.

Key figures from the province’s public and private sectors recently met to discuss a strategy to bring these plans to fruition, including members of the Phuket Tourist Association, the Chamber of Commerce, marine business representatives and local council representatives.

The majority of people present at the meeting agreed that more information resources relating to Phuket’s marine industry are required. For example, there was a proposal to ensure yacht maintenance and repair courses are available at local colleges and universities. In addition, new facilities were proposed to expand on the island’s already impressive marina services

“The Kung Bay Marina, proposed as a superyacht destination in Pa Khlok, covers a total area of 108 rai (168,000 sqm),” Phuket Tourist Association Vice President, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam told the local press. “When complete, the marina will offer many opportunities for private enterprises to provide marine related services and facilities.”

Khun Bhummikitti also emphasized the news that the Thai government aims to reduce the time and requirements required to carry out the environmental impact assessments necessary to create new marinas.

“Getting EIA approval for new projects is time consuming and carries many restrictions,” he explained. “These factors may be big hurdles for businesses wishing to expand in the marina industry, forcing them to compromise to the point that they lose any potential benefits from joining such projects.”
As part of the plan to enhance Phuket’s reputation as a superyacht hub, two new marinas are schedule to be built. The development plan, which was announced by transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith earlier this month, includes the creation of eight new marinas across Thailand. These will in include the two on Phuket, two in Phang Nga, two on Koh Samui, one in Chonburi, and one in Trat.

Pa Khlok will the larger of the new Phuket marinas, and will be deep enough to accommodate superyachts. The other will be the Asian Marina in Rassada, which will be capable of handling only smaller yachts owing to its depth of five metres.
Construction of the Kung Bay Marina in Phuket is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017. Once construction is underway, the marina should take about one year to complete.

“ A start date for construction of the Asian Marina has not yet been set, as negotiations are ongoing with local land owners, as well as with potential investors. It could mean that construction may not begin for another two years,” said Arkhom, who also confirmed that all eight of Thailand’s new marinas will be constructed on private land.


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