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Thai Government Considers Setting up National Maritime Navigation Shipping Line


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By Subhabhong Rarueysong

   

BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s Transport Ministry is considering a plan to set up a "National Maritime Navigation Line," which would be created as an affiliate of the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT).

 

Minister Saksayam Chidchob said the shipping line would boost infrastructure deployment for the government’s southern land bridge and Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) schemes until work is completed.

 

He said the proposed state-owned shipping line would also help Thai exporters and importers to rely less on foreign companies for freight transport and will be more convenient for businesses.

 

Mr. Saksayam added that graduates from the Merchant Marine Training Centre, run by the Marine Department, would also have an opportunity to work on ships operated by the new company.

 

According to the Marine Department, about 90% of all goods transported from one country to another are sent by sea, due to lower costs and greater capacity than airlines. Trade movements to and from Thailand now rely heavily on foreign freight transport lines, as existing Thai fleets account for only 9% of all cargo ships in service.

 

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2 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Somebody I think put this forwards to enhance their financial position

Well Thai controlled means the vessel manifests will be Thai controlled and hence open to doubt as to exactly what their cargos may be.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

He said the proposed state-owned shipping line would also help Thai exporters and importers to rely less on foreign companies for freight transport and will be more convenient for businesses.

Convenient to ship the billions of brown envelopes out of the country for investment elsewhere I think.  A state owned carrier hmmm.....Think Thai airways...doomed before it started.

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3 hours ago, Damrongsak said:

Perhaps they could buy that aircraft carrier from the Navy and convert it to a container ship.

A container ship, they had planned to chuck it on not put in containers

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

According to the Marine Department, about 90% of all goods transported from one country to another are sent by sea, due to lower costs and greater capacity than airlines.

NO REALLY ! wow who would of thunk that. 🤪

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