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24 March 2017, by Zara Tremlett and Anthony Gould   OBJECTIVE:   To Promote & Improve Safety Standards (refer for detailss to the TMBA Objectives)  We have held meetings in Bangkok and in Phuket with Marine Department to develop a training programme for Captains and Crew of Thai commercial vessels engaged in the marine tourist industry […]

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Dear Members We received from the ATTA ( Association of Thai Travel Agents) theses message from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources ( DMCR) It makes reference to NEW REGULATIONS applying to ‘tourism boats” for a better marine natural resources protection and recovery of coral bleaching. It was also announced in the news. There […]

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The shoreline, beaches and coral reefs around Koh Tachai island in the Similan National Park off Phangnga province will be off-limits to all visitors for an indefinite period, starting Oct 15, according to authorities. The closure aims to ease negative effects on natural resources and the environment as a result of heavy tourism activities in […]

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Grow Boating Industry Night is a monthly gathering of everyone and anyone in Thailand’s marine industry. Held the first Friday of every month at The Speakeasy Yacht Club at Royal Phuket Marina, the Grow Boating Industry Night is a chance for the industry to get together and network in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Come […]

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On September 16, Rico Stapel, JStar & Stapel was officially handed over the first Superyacht Charter Licenses by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr. Omsin Chivapruek. On the picture, I’m receiving Charter License #1 on behalf of Nymphaea, a 33m Luxury Superyacht which will be available for charter in Phuket starting next high season. The Charter License is a breakthrough and […]

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Picture from left to right: Rico Stapel, Founder JStar & Stapel, Dr. Chula Sukmanop, Director General of the Thailand Marine Department, K. Chana Wongmusik, Consultant JStar & Stapel   On Monday September 7th, Rico Stapel, Founder of JStar & Stapel submitted the necessary documentation for the first three charter licenses for Superyachts to the Marine […]

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Picture: Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuriphat Theerakulpisut On Thursday August 20 2015, Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuriphat Theerakulpisut has received a Royal Decree which confirms that it is now legally possible for visiting Superyachts to charter in Thai waters. This decree is both the result of a three-year lobbying effort by stakeholders of the marine […]

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Picture: Marine Department Director-General Chula Sukmanop confirmed the rules and regulations to be submitted to the Ministry of Transport. Photo: Phuket Gazette   Good news indeed. Our combined, three year long effort by various members of the yachting industry here in Thailand is about to bear fruit. During a public hearing on June 19, the […]

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Picture: Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul explained that her ministry would be tackling public relations and promotion. Photo: Chutharat Plerin PHUKET: Special visas for foreign-flagged superyacht crew is expected to be rolled out by November, confirmed the Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. The ‘new package’ for superyachts will include changes in law for […]

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