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Transport Ministry to launch national shipping line

Transport Ministry to launch national shipping line

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Transport is planning to open a national shipping line by June next year, in a bid to reduce reliance on foreign ships and promote the export and import sector.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 03:38PM

Photo: Bangkok Post

Photo: Bangkok Post

The move is in line with the government’s push to promote Thailand as a hub for maritime trade, which it aims to achieve by improving logistical connections between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, reports the Bangkok Post.

Yesterday (Sept 27), Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob revealed that the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) has been instructed to launch a feasibility study on a national shipping line by next month.

The study’s results will be vetted by all relevant committees, before they are submitted to the cabinet in February next year. Mr Saksayam said if all goes according to plan, the national shipping line will launch in June next year.

Mr Saksayam said that the Marine Department has been instructed to work with the PAT to set-up the shipping line, which will help boost the nation’s export and import capacity and bring down shipping costs.

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Ultimately, the government will have three separate companies handling domestic, regional and international shipping.

The new domestic company will cover the transport of goods all along the Gulf of Thailand, from the south to central regions and the east.

The East Co Ltd will handle regional shipping to Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, Japan and eastern China.

Meanwhile, the West Co Ltd will provide freight service on international route from Ranong to the Bay of Bengal Initiative Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) region - comprise with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand - and onwards to Africa and Europe.

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Christy Sweet | 30 September 2021 - 11:05:36

Agree, Kra Canal=gigantic pig trough. I fear Thailand will never overcome systemic corruption- unless China takes it over? Mmmm

Kurt | 30 September 2021 - 10:33:33

A Kra canal will only service the local shipping. No viability. Singapore with her excellent and trustworthy managed invincible Port infrastructure is laughing about Kra Canal thinking, that never will come further than 'study troughs' and drawing boards.

JohnC | 30 September 2021 - 09:15:19

I guess this all ties in with their mad plans to build a canal across the isthmus of Kra. Should be able to cream money off this scheme for the next few generations of their families.

Kurt | 30 September 2021 - 01:06:43

The big deep sea transport firms are Evergreen, MSC, Hapag Lloyd, Maersk. They all use S'pore as loading/discharging point hub. Thailand should just keep doing the feeder work from S'pore to the few Thai ports with smaller ships like on the photo.

Kurt | 29 September 2021 - 08:41:03

Guess a few Hi-So's smell money (nice study). The future of 'Thai maritime Hub' will be the same as that of Thai Airways. A large water head (miss-) management, not becoming international competitive, just becoming a money coffer to be tapped by many managers. There  is no space on International competitive shipping market  what needs out of the thai box thinking. ( see present positio...

Fascinated | 28 September 2021 - 19:17:48

Good old hubs- more jobs for the boys.


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