Harbor Master’s fines

There is a lot of confusion about Harbor Masters from Phuket, Krabi and Trang provinces levying large fines on the owners of private boats who are accused of failing to report to the Harbor Master’s office within 24 hours of arrival and who are then fined 5,000 baht. My understanding is that, according to Thai law, only boats with a registered tonnage of 60 tons or more are required to report. The average size of most private boats is less than 30 tons. Could you provide the name of the law that applies, giving the section and paragraph dealing with this? And...

  • Asked on Friday, April 27, 2001 | 06:40 AM
    Harry Jones, Phuket.

Under the Harbor Masters Act of 1913, Section 20, any foreign boat that arrives in or departs from Thai waters must inform the Harbor Master’s Office within 24 hours or face a fine ranging from 500 baht to 5,000 baht. Tonnage is not relevant. The Act is available only in Thai, but any boat skipper should know that whenever he arrives in any port in the world, one of the first things he must do is report to the Harbor Master’s office.

  • Answered on Friday, April 27, 2001 | 06:40 AM
    Narong Sampantharat, Fifth Regional Harbor Master’s Office, Phuket Branch.
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