Mufflers on Longtail Boats

A couple of years ago, there was a campaign to have long-tail boats at Koh Phi Phi fitted with exhaust mufflers. The idea was to quiet them down to a “swoosh” instead of the customary loud dragster noise. What happened?

George Foose, Bangkok.

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The Krabi Harbor Master issued a notice reminding boat owners that the law requires noise pollution from boats to be under 100 decibels. The notice advised the owners of the long-tail boats at Koh Phi Phi to fit mufflers on their exhaust pipes to make them quieter. However, even though this is the law, most of the long-tail boat owners have ignored it. If, while on patrol, the Krabi Marine Police or the Krabi Harbor Master come across a long-tail boat without a muffler fitted, the boat owner will be arrested and fined between 500 and 1,000 baht.

Pol Col Misakawan Buara, Superintendent of the Marine Police Division 5 (Ranong, Phuket, Trang, Krabi, Phang Nga and Satun).

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