In response to an imminent weather warning from the Thai Meteorological Department, the Phuket Marine Office has issued a cautionary notice for boat captains, warning small boats of less than 13 metres in length from leaving ports into the open sea from May 11 to May 14, this Thursday to Sunday.
According to the TMD, there will be “heavy rain and strong waves in the Andaman Sea”, with “waves up to four metres high in the open sea or even higher in a thunderstorm area”.
The Phuket Marine Office Chief, Mr. Nachapong Pranit, emphasized the importance of safety during this period, urging boat captains to exercise caution when traveling in the sea.
“Boat captains should be more careful when travelling in the sea during this period to avoid any accidents or dangers caused by the weather conditions.”
But Phuket-GO checked our forecasts which are used to base our daily Phuket weather forecast. The forecasting model we use doesn’t predict any of the poor weather as predicted by the TMD or Phuket Marine Office. In the phuket-GO forecast model the winds, primarily from the south during the period, won’t exceed 18 kph, which we would describe as “moderate”. There is also little rain predicted during the same period.
The announcement from the Phuket Marine Office is ‘cautionary’ and the owners of the tour boat businesses, along with the captains of the boats, will make the final decisions.