The sea patrol is to enforce regulations on the wearing of lifejackets and maximum-capacity numbers on vessels ferrying people from Phuket to Phi Phi, Lanta and other popular destinations.
Marine Police officers and the head of Marine Office Region 5, Wichai Kamwong, together with Phuket Marine Office Region 5 chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut looked over ferries at Phuket's Rassada pier today.
On land, representatives from the Marine Police and the Tourist Police joined the superintendents of Phuket's eight police stations and the new Phuket Police Commander, Major General Chonsit Wadhnawarangkun, in talks at Phuket Police Headquarters with Region 8 Commanding Officer Lieutenant General Santi Jansut.
The lieutenant general, chief of all police in the South, told his Phuket officers that in many ways, Phuket was the most important of the provinces in the region.
This was because there was the need to protect tourists here, as well as the need to ensure that Phuket's prosperous position in terms of supplying revenue to the rest of the country was maintained.
He said that the structure of the force on Phuket was supported by Tourist Police and both local and expat volunteers that made it very efficient.
He added that police were concerned that people had a good time this New Year 2012, but did so safely. ''We want people to celebrate but not to overdo it,'' he said.
Phuket City hospitals reported a stream of calls today.
One involved the need for an ambulance to carry Alessandru Amadon, 27, to Bangkok Hospital Phuket after he was involved in a crash outside Le Meridien Phuket, between Karon and Patong, ay 8.52am.