There will be a new world-class marine transport center in Pattaya, located near Bali Hai Pier, which will accommodate more boats and thus attract more tourists to Pattaya and the adjoining Eastern seaboard region. Now tourists from around the world will be able to arrive at Pattaya by air, land, or sea.
Bali Hai Pier, renowned for numerous concerts and special events, is also used as a marine harbor, especially for passengers to Koh Larn. It will now become a more significant hub for Pattaya. Due to increasing tourist numbers, Pattaya is currently experiencing parking problems for vehicles and a shortage of space to store marine craft. The result: congestion and less accessibility. These problems led Pattaya City officials to come up with a new solution: to build a new parking center and combine it with an international marine transport hub. This brilliant idea was the brainchild of our beloved Pattaya Mayor, Itthipol Kunplome.
This new transport center, which will accommodate boats and vehicles to serve the citizens of Pattaya and their guests, received an approved budget of THB 733 Million. The contractor selected for the project is the PING Joint Venture. Construction began in January 2011 and is expected to be completed in July 2013—for a total of 540 days. The new transport center will accommodate 417 vehicles and 360 marine craft.
The new center, which will be named the Pattaya Marina Hub, is located at Pattaya bay opposite the Marine Emergency Rescue Services center and will include parking for boats of many sizes, for a total of 360 craft. Also the Pattaya Marina Hub will become a new focal center for this seaside resort, located near Walking Street. This new high-quality service facility will attract more tourists, many of whom will now be able to arrive by sea.
A source at Intensive Mechanics Public Company Limited (PCL) reported the blueprints for the new Marina Hub and identified the PING Joint Venture partners: Intensive Mechanics will be joined by Power Line Engineering PCL; Gully Construction PCL, and Nava Nakorn Engineering PCL. The construction is already underway, with 50% of poles and support beams in place. The pace of construction slowed down however in the past two months due to strong waves and harbor currents.
"The Marina Hub will have an advanced hydro-lift system -- an automatically-operated mechanical system that allows boats to be gently moved from the marine storage facility into the bay’s waters, and vice-versa. The Marina Hub will also arrange all manner of legal registration services for foreign or domestic vessels whose owners choose to use the new facility.
The larger boats that currently transport tourists from Pattaya to Koh Larn will continue to operate from the Bali Hai pier as before. Intensive Mechanics officials report that walkways will be built along the harbor, with side walls to provide pedestrians protection from the elements. The wall will be 300 meters in length and 5 meters in width.The car park, at the front of Bali Hai pier, is already under construction with responsibility assigned to Power Line Engineering PCL. The unique design of this building will become a landmark of the new Pattaya. It will feature automatic lifts which will mechanically move vehicles into and out of the parking stalls. When finished, the car park will accommodate 417 vehicles, including 37 large tour buses and 100 motorbikes.
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