Thailand Maritime News, 2021 Nov-Dec Summary

20 Dec 2021
The Thai government intends to establish a national shipping line company to make the country more attractive and better known as a regional logistic hub for maritime trade.

According to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has already commissioned initial studies from national agencies. These should determine information about the possibilities and the cost-benefit effort. In addition, the establishment of a nationwide fleet of commercial ships is planned. [...]

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COMMENT:Thailand needs national carrier, probably more than one
It is not clear yet, how final decisions will look like, with regards to Thailand plan to boost three-dimensional sea trade: Domestic in Gulf of Thailand all along the Gulf of Thailand, from the south to central regions and the east; East-oriented shipping to Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, Japan and eastern China; and West-oriented international route from Ranong to the Bay of Bengal region, embracing services which ill connect Thailand with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and onwards to Africa and Europe. Plan is aiming at establishing national shipping carrier, probably not one but three, to cover all three direction and regions. Feasibility studies are under way, and hopefully, during 2022 we’ll see something resolute and decisive. One issue should be acknowledged unequivocally – Thailand needs national carrier for all types of shipping – regional as well as trans-continental. Last decade and of course, freight rates insane jump during last two years, demonstrated the fragility and lack of reliability of “conventional” shipping, driven by major multinational corporations. Nations economies just can’t depend on the whims or greed or other issues, which dictate corporations rates and carrier-client policies.

Rubber producers found the way to bypass container crisis, good for them!

Thailand rubber producers found a way out of container crisis, by using instead of containers, steel boxes, to storage product, and bulk carriers to transport the goods to buyers. Most convenient port for this shift happened to be Southern Logistics Port, Songkhla District, so now 4 main rubber producers in southern regions of Thailand, turned to the new method. There’s bonus in steel boxes cost, to start with, it’s 40-50% less than standard container.
November 20, 2021

GPC Consortium signs PPP contract for Laem Chabang Port Phase III Project
Nov 25, 2021
GPC International Terminal Ltd. (GPC) has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract with the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) to develop and operate the Laem Chabang Port Phase 3, Terminal F project in Chonburi province. The investment value in terms of the berth structure development is 30,871 million baht. This joint endeavor aims to push the Laem Chabang Port towards the gateway of trade and investment, which will potentially drive Thailand towards becoming a regional hub and increase the country’s competitive edge. The port is expected to open for commercial operations by 2025.
GPC is a joint venture between Gulf Energy Development plc (GULF), PTT Tank Terminal Company Limited (PTT TANK) and CHEC OVERSEA INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDING PTE. LTD. (CHEC OVERSEA) where GULF holds a 40% stake, while PPT TANK and CHEC OVERSEA hold 30% of the shares respectively.
For the development of the Laem Chabang Port Phase 3, PAT will be in charge of sea reclamation while GPC will be responsible for the design, construction, and operation and maintenance (O&M) services for F1 and F2 container berths to accommodate container throughput and implement automation technology for the operation of the project. The port can handle a container throughput capacity of 4 million TEU/year. GPC will receive remuneration as income from port operations such as berth hire, wharf handling charges, container wharfage and other related fees according to the scope and conditions of the 35-year PPP contract. Construction will begin on the F1 container berth in 2023 and commercial operations are scheduled for 2025 while construction will begin on the F2 container berth in 2027 and scheduled for commercial operations by 2029.

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