Phuket ready to launch one-stop-shop online check-in for yachts

Racing in the shadow of the Buddha, near Chalong Bay.
The long-awaited 'one-stop shop' online check-in system for yachts arriving in Phuket will launch on September 1. Vice Governor Weerawat Janpen announced the news today at Provincial Hall at a meeting to discuss the final details for the new service. The Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) have been working on the project since last year.

'We have finished developing the system and it is now in a trial period that also provides training to business operators and government authorities so they will be well prepared to put it to use,' said Pracha Asawateera, project manager for SIPA.

Karokot Khotcharit, a SIPA systems analyst, explained that the system will reduce the time it takes for yacht owners to submit forms to Immigration, Customs and the Marine Department. 'It combines three forms into a single form. Yacht owners can fill in their information in advance via the internet before they reach – or leave – Phuket,' Mr Karokot said.

Yacht owners must first register online to use the system. After that, the vessel’s name, arrival time, crew list, passenger list, cargo manifest and other details must be submitted,

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