PHUKET: A 12-million-baht project to dredge the Koh Kaew Canal and deepen the existing approach channel from Phang Nga Bay will begin in March.

The six-month project was approved at a public hearing led by Governor Maitri Inthusut at the Royal Phuket Marina last Thursday.

“Our officers found that the canal is not deep enough for big boats or yachts and could cause problems when they travel to Boat Lagoon, Royal Phuket Marina or the village fishing pier,” said Somkiet Kheawyoi, the Director of the Marine Department’s Development and Maintenance Regional Office.