What can be done about Chalong marina getting trashed?

Foul-smelling rubbish is being dumped at the new marina at Chalong Bay. It must have been there some time. It is disgusting, and this is what visitors to the island get to walk through.

Also, the main jetty has a rusted-off stainless-steel rail parked up against still-standing rails and the garbage bins at the land end of the jetty are full and overflowing.

With the tourism high season already underway, it’s embarrassing to see the mess that many thousands of day-trip tourists get to see and smell firsthand.

All this after a record-breaking underwater dive cleanup was heralded such a success!

  • Asked on Friday, November 30, 2012 | 12:58 PM
    BM, Chalong

The new marina under construction is to be the new Phuket Port Control Center, but it is not yet operational.

To stop people dumping rubbish at the unfinished marina, we are coordinating with the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) to increase how often officers check for boats attempting to dock there.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform all boat companies and owners of private vessels that this jetty is off-limits and not to dock or dump garbage in that area.

  • Answered on Friday, November 30, 2012 | 12:58 PM
    Phuket Harbor Master Tantai Wongsaeree.

We are working with the Phuket Marine Office to solve the problem. Currently, early every morning sanitation officers arrive with a garbage truck and remove all the trash that has accumulated on the pier.

Throughout the day we have workers remove new trash that has been dumped there, but those officers do not have a garbage truck to aid them.

Furthermore, as the primary role of the officers working during the day is collecting boat tariffs, they do not have enough time to clear the trash that piles up throughout the day.

We have trash cans at many points along the pier and signs telling people to keep the area clean. Obviously, this depends on the consciousness of each individual.

We have not issued regulations that will punish those who dump garbage there, but we are currently meeting with the relevant organizations to determine what regulations would solve this problem.

For more information, contact the PPAO at 076-218109 or 076-210807, or the Phuket Marine Office at 076-391174.

  • Answered on Friday, November 30, 2012 | 12:58 PM
    Warit Wiriyapanich, chief of the PPAO Transport Division responsible for boat traffic at Chalong Pier.
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