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Old May 29th, 2011, 07:39 PM   #61
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PAT awaits nod for land development plan

THE NATION Published on May 30, 2011


Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) is ready to invest on the commercial development of a 223 rai land plot in the Bangkok port once it is approved by the new government.

PAT director Chalermchai Meekhun-eiam said PAT had already submitted the land development plan to the Transport Ministry and was awaiting approval from the Cabinet. However, PAT will have to wait until a new government is elected and the plan okayed by the Cabinet. He said thea land development would be financed by PAT's own cash, not from government budget or loans.

As part of the development plan, PAT will set up a merchant marine training centre on 17 rai, a logistics centre on 54 rai, a shopping mall on 137 rai, and an office building on 15 rai.

Meanwhile, he said that PAT is expected to start looking for a contractor early next year to build its phase 3 of Laem Chabang port. The first port in phase 3 is expected to be in operation in 2019.

PAT has hired Team Consulting Engineering and Management firm to study the engineering, economic and environmental aspects of the project. Once phase 3 is completed, the port will be able to cater to a maximum of 18 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) containers per year, up from the present 10.8 million TEU per year.

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Maersk Thailand hit by US, EU slump

Published: 17/06/2011 at 12:00 AM

The Thai unit of Denmark's Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipper, has downgraded its business performance outlook this year, citing impacts from the Japanese disaster and lingering economic uncertainties in the US and Europe.

The updated outlook for 2011 is based on the performance seen in the first four months after the company reported a big turnaround last year, said Thomas Lindy Sorensen, the managing director of Maersk Line (Thailand).

"The performance was very good in the first quarter, but now the supply and demand [for containers] are not in the same situation because of what's happening in North America and Europe," he said.

While the market outlook does not seem healthy, new ships continue to arrive in the market each year, he said.

Japan's devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis affected imports of components into Thailand for final assembly and re-export. Automobile manufacturers in Thailand sharply cut back their production in April and May due to parts shortages.

Automotive products are among four key sectors handled by Maersk in Thailand along with electronics, commodities and petrochemicals, he said.

While Maersk (Thailand) posted 10% growth in shipment volume in line with the overall industry, the company now projects a 7% rise in exports and 10% increase in imports this year, said Mr Sorensen.

In 2010, the shipping line handled 270,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of outbound shipments and 100,000 TEUs of inbound shipments.

"In terms of volume it will certainly grow, but revenue may be the same as last year," said Mr Sorensen.

Globally, Maersk Line expects its financial results will be lower than last year's. The Danish group forecasts global demand for seaborne containers to grow by 6-8% this year, as freight rates remain under pressure in the short term but with a stronger market in the second half.

Early this year, the company signed a contract with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding unit to build 10 of the world's largest new ships with an option for another 20 for delivery from 2013-15.

Mr Sorensen also called on the new government to expand the rail and road networks approaching Laem Chabang deep-sea port and add locomotives to improve the efficiency of the Lat Krabang inland container depot.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #63
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Shippers up 2011 growth forecast for exports to 20%

THE NATION Published on August 31, 2011


The Thai National Shippers Council has increased its export-growth target for the year to 20 per cent, thanks to significant expansion in July and the expectation of higher unit prices for goods over the remaining months.

The council had previously projected overall Thai exports to grow by 18 per cent, while the Department of Export Promotion is sticking to its forecast of 15-per-cent expansion to US$224 billion (Bt6.72 trillion) for the full year.

TNSC vice chairman Vallop Vitanakorn said exports over the remainder of the year were now projected to grow by an average of 15-16 per cent a month. While still good, that would represent slower expansion than in the first seven months due to sluggish growth of trading partners, in particular the United States and the European Union.

"However, shippers are still confident that exports will surge beyond the previous [full year] target to 20 per cent, as the price per unit of goods will be on the rise," he said.

He added that the negative factors that would cause slower export expansion in the next four months were the stagnation of the US and the EU economies, which would not only cause lower export growth to those markets directly, but also have the side effect of slower growth to markets reliant on them.

Vallop said that while exporters had not yet been seriously affected by the stronger baht, as most had booked currency forward, they would gradually suffer impacts if it continued to appreciate.

The TNSC projects the baht's value to average 29.50 against the US dollar in the remaining months of the year.

He said the government should closely monitor the baht's movement and ensure that the currency is not too strong, as that would dampen exports, which are still the Kingdom's major economic engine.

Higher fuel prices and slower demand for products such as luxury goods, garments, furniture and toys will also cause slower growth over the remainder of the year, he said.

In addition, a survey of 25 industries by the TNSC and Chulalongkorn University showed that the export-value index in July was 160.79, up 38.89 per cent year on year, while the export-price index was 176.77, up by 45.77 per cent.

The export-volume index stood at 146.58, up 28.58 per cent, showing that exports rose sharply last month because of higher goods prices, while quantity did not expand as much as value.

The main products with higher export prices were paper, jewellery, petrochemicals, steel and rubber.

Thawatchai Jittrapanun, head of the export-index project at Chulalongkorn's faculty of economics, said the cost of production inputs such as fuel, labour and raw materials was expected to increase gradually.

Moreover, July exports rose sharply because of overseas sales of gold worth $995 million. Excluding gold, overall export shipments expanded by 32 per cent in value.

He said the government should exclude gold from its export calculations, as the fluctuating price of the precious metal and the size of exports distorted the figures.

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Old November 9th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #64
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New loading centre at BKK port

Port Authority of Thailand opens a 10-rai space on the west of its Bangkok Port as a temporary loading centre for members of Thai Transportation and Logistics Association (TTLA), to help boost distribution of goods and ease consumer goods shortages.


The loading centre, opened on Nov 9, will be in service until the water recedes, said Chalermchai Meekun-iam, director-general of the agency.

TTLA members’ loading centres along the Borom Rajajonani Road were flooded and this disrupts the distribution of goods to other parts of the country.

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 06:30 PM   #65
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Shippers doubt 15% growth target

The Nation December 24, 2011 1:00 am

Shipments may not reach the government's 15-per-cent expansion target to US$258 billion (Bt8.9 trillion) next year, as many industries face difficulty recovering after the floods, while exports to Asean will also feel impacts from the European Union debt crisis, the Thai National Shippers' Council (TNSC) said yesterday.

"Although Thailand has shifted its focus more towards Asean and other Asian countries such as China, the impact of the EU economic downturn will be larger than was expected earlier and will cause trouble for Thailand's exports to those countries, as they also rely on export to the EU countries," said TNSC chairman Paiboon Ponsuwanna.

The slowdown of the recoveries in United States and Japan, which are also major export markets for Thailand, China and Asean countries, will also cause global trade to be sluggish in the new year.

The impacts from this year's inundation will also drag down export growth in many industries in the next three to six months, Paiboon said. This would result in a shrinkage in exports in the first and second quarters.

Moreover, the baht's appreciation will also obstruct exports, while higher production costs from rising labour wages will reduce Thailand's competitiveness, he said.

Vallop Vitanakorn, the council's vice chairman, said the baht was expected to be stronger next year against the US dollar. He said that since Thailand has signed a 70-billion-yuan (Bt345-billion) swap agreement with China to strengthen trade and investment between the two nations, more Thai exporters would trade in yuan to reduce transaction costs.

For instance, as more than 35 per cent of garments are imported from China, Vallop said these would be directly traded in yuan, reducing importers' reliance on the greenback in coming years.

A study by the TNSC, Chulalongkorn University and the International Institute for Trade and Development showed that the indices for export value and volume dropped significantly in November because of the floods. The export performance index dropped by 19.1 per cent year on year, compared with a 3.1-per-cent drop in October.

Industries that have faced serious reductions in terms of export value and volume included jewellery, automobiles and parts, printing and paper, medical products, and electrical appliances.

Export of canned fish also dropped significantly last month as many manufacturers suspended operations during flooding.

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Old December 26th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #66
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PAT awaits mega-projects' approval

THE NATION December 27, 2011 1:00 am

The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) is waiting for the Cabinet to approve two mega-projects so it can launch them in the new year.
Chalermchai Meekhumiam director-general of the PAT, said yesterday

that the Bt2.8-billion port project in Laem Chabang would improve the

country's water-transport system by linking it with other logistics systems.

The other project is a Bt2.5-billion centre to support rail-based trans

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Old January 3rd, 2012, 03:27 PM   #67
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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #68
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Change in role of ports

The Nation January 13, 2012 1:00 am

The Transport Ministry plans to turn Laem Chabang Port into a modern port, reducing Bangkok port's role to serving domestic goods deliveries.

Transport Minister ACM Sukampol Suwannathat announced the policy to the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT)'s board and management yesterday.

He instructed the PAT to draw up a long-term strategy to increase the capacity of Laem Chabang Port and phase out the export role of Bangkok Port, which will cater only domestic product delivery.

The port authority will also develop some areas at Bangkok Port commercially to generate revenue.

Bangkok Port occupies 2,260 rai, of which 960 rai are used to provide actual port services. Of the remainder, 403 rai house state agencies, 141 rai are leased to the National Housing Authority, and 226 rai are leased to private firms.

PAT director Chalermchai Khun-iam said the authority plans to develop both the Bangkok and Laem Chabang sites on a "green port" basis, in conjunction with its single-port policy.

Regarding the commercial development of Bangkok Port, PAT's management plans to propose to the board soon a plan to build an office complex on 17 rai to serve marine-business operators.

The project, which is estimated to cost Bt4 billion, will be run on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis. The company that wins the concession will invest in the project and the concession term is 30 years.

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PAT set to expand e-gate project

THE NATION February 24, 2012 1:00 am

The Port Authority of Thailand is ready to launch the second phase of the e-gate project at both Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port on March 1.
PAT director Chalermchai Meekun-iam said yesterday that the first phase started last October.

The second phase will see the expansion of the service to more gates at both ports.

With the electronic service, vehicles entering the ports can use cash cards to pay the gate fee, instead of cash.

After users register with PAT, they can use the service at both ports. They can hold more than one card and they can share accounts.

The system was introduced to improve operating efficiency at the ports.

Those applying for the cards next month will enjoy a waiver of card issuance fee. But |this privilege will be limited to the first 10,000 users at each port.

PAT has spent Bt200 million on the e-gate system and Bt1 billion on the information-technology infrastructure to support the system, which is part of its e-port policy to upgrade its operations to meet the International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code.

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Phuket International Boat Show returns

The Phuket News - Monday, 12th Mar 2012 03:29

PHUKET: The ninth Phuket International Boat Show (Pimex) takes place from March 29 to April 1 at the same venue as last year, the Royal Phuket Marina.

Pimex has the largest in-water boat display in Asia. Over 50 boats from leading brands from around the world will be on display, from “uber-luxe” multi-million-dollar superyachts to power boats, sailing yachts, tenders and dinghies.

“The boat brands you see in Monaco, Cannes, and in Fort Lauderdale, you will find here at Pimex,” says Pimex Show Director Andy Dowden.

“The largest boat on display this year is a 92-foot powerboat, and the smallest a little over 20 foot. And there is everything in between – different sizes, specifications, prices, power and sail,” he says.

The Ferretti Group, with local dealer Lee Marine, will be showing the 92-foot Pershing – the largest boat at Pimex 2012 – as well as a number of other models.

For the first time this year, the flagship Fairline Squadron 78 Custom – a first in Asia – will be presented by Derani Yachts, and Sunseeker will be showing three luxury flybridge yachts – the Manhattan 73, 63 and 53.

The Princess line-up includes Asia premičres for the V52 – a sports yacht – the P60 – a brand new model for Princess – and the 72MY.

There are also many mid-sized powerboats on display, and an increase in the number of sail boats showing this year, including the new Jeanneau 57, the Prestige 440S and the award-winning Tartan 4000 which is showing for the first time in Asia.

And for those looking to dip a toe in the water of boat ownership, the Absolute World Group are offering fractional boat ownership.

Visitors to Pimex last year came from more than 15 countries, with a good number from outside of Asia. Russia was a big market in 2011 and is expected to be a growth market this year.

“This year we have strategically targetted Russian visitors and are expecting an increase in this segment, together with our perennially strong visitor markets of Singapore, Hong Kong and expatriates in the region,” says Mr Dowden.

On land, the Exhibition Hall at the marina will be full of the latest gadgets, boating toys, marine and lifestyle products and services, as well as a selection of property available on the island.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #71
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Phuket International Boat Show launches amid fanfare

Phuket Gazette – Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:31:00 PM

PHUKET: The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) at Royal Phuket Marina was officially launched at 11am today with the cutting of the ribbon by Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa.

Joining Vice Governor Sommai in officiating the opening was Bangonrat Shinaprayoon, the director of the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Gulu Lalvani, chairman of Royal Phuket Marina.

“Now in its ninth year, PIMEX is an established and successful event in the marine and leisure calendar. Like its location, PIMEX is a relaxed event where participants celebrate the boating, leisure and luxury lifestyle in an ideal tropical destination,” said Show Director Andy Dowden.

“The show is more than boats on display but also an opportunity to see the latest luxury products, properties and engage in some Phuket hospitality,” he added.

PIMEX boasts the largest in-water boat display, with more than 50 boats representing the leading boat brands from around the world.

“The largest boat on display this year is a 92-foot powerboat, and the smallest is a little over 20-foot. And there is everything in between – different sizes, specifications, prices, power and sail. Whatever your boating needs, you will find something to suit at PIMEX,” said Mr Dowden.

“I would like to thank the sponsors and exhibitors for putting this fantastic show together. We are very happy to be here. Phuket’s absolutely the center for tropical marine lifestyle,” he added.

The show is open from 11am to 8pm daily through Saturday.

On Sunday, the show’s final day, the expo will draw to a close at 6pm.

For more information, visit www.phuketboatshow.com.

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Bt32-bn plan to improve Laem Chabang Port infrastructure

The Nation February 9, 2013 1:00 am

The Ministry of Transport plans to spend Bt32 billion to expand its road network to Laem Chabang Port to ease traffic and also increase the port's shipping container capacity.

Deputy Transport Minister Prasert Chantararuangthong said after an operations meeting that the move was part of a plan to improve infrastructure connecting to the port. Also, the plans are aimed at preparing the port for the Asean Economic Community in 2015, in the hope of increasing shipping efficiency.

Under the plan, if it is an urgent project, funds will be used from the 2014 annual budget. If it is a big project, the budget will come from the Loan Act of Bt2 trillion.

Currently, 60,000 container trucks access Laem Chabang Port per day, leading to traffic congestion. As one of Thailand's major ports, the ministry intends to increase its capacity to 11 million twenty-foot-equivalent units of containers, up from the current 7 million TEU. This plan will be achieved by expanding both internal and external shipping networks of the port.

Meanwhile, the Department of Highways also has a plan to expand the road network to support the logistics system in the Eastern region and Laem Chabang Port with a total budget of about Bt29 billion. For example, it will expand the number of lanes on the road leading to the port from four to 14 with a budget of Bt2.5 billion. The Department of Rural Roads has plans for seven projects to construct a road connecting with the port.

At present, the port faces serious traffic problems on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The problem is from the place where the tax document is issued, which is too close to the checking gate. Also, the e-toll system for vehicles has not worked completely.

Currently, road transport to the port makes up 90 per cent of the total, followed by 6 per cent by rail, and 4 per cent by water. The plan is that within 10 years, road transport to the port will represent 75 per cent of the total, followed by 15 per cent by rail and 10 per cent by water.

On average, at major ports worldwide road transport makes up 40 per cent while rail and water are 30 per cent each.

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Unithai joins hands with Australian firm

Published: 2 Apr 2013 at 03.04Newspaper section: Business

The Thai shipyard operator Unithai has formed a partnership with Austal, the Australia-based vessel specialist focusing on defence and commercial vessels operating in Asia-Pacific.

Unithai Shipyard and Engineering will share expertise and provide ship repair services for defence and commercial vessels in the region.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the cooperation yesterday.

Unithai will be Austal's preferred repair shipyard for US-owned commercial and defence vessels, such as the US Navy's littoral combat ships (LCS) and joint high-speed vessels (JHSV) that require repairs when operating near Thailand.

Austal is currently contracted to build ten 103-metre JHSVs under a US$1.6-billion contract and six 127-metre LCSs, four of which are part of a 10-ship, $3.5-billion contract. Austal has already delivered one LCS and one JHSV.

``We recognise that Unithai Shipyard is one of the largest integrated ship repair facilities in Southeast Asia, with a world-class reputation based on its high standards covering health, safety and the environment, and timely delivery,'' said Charles McGill, Austal's chief operating officer for service and systems.

Unithai Shipyard managing director Teerapon Udomkanjananan said the MoU is a milestone allowing Unithai to step forward and exchange experience and expertise with a defence prime contractor and shipbuilder. It is also vital to promote the shipyard industry in Thailand.

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Thai government approves Pak Bara port development

Bangkok: Not for the first time Thai authorities are looking at building a potentially hugely significant port at Pak Bara. The port on the Andaman Sea could cut transit times from Asia to Europe. The idea is to connect the port in Satun province by road and rail to another deepsea port in Songkhla province by the Gulf of Thailand, allowing ships to avoid the longer route via the Strait of Malacca.

Over the years there have been countless similar proposals on this part of southern Thailand.
In 1677, the Siamese King Narai suggested excavating a canal across the Kra isthmus to facilitate trade. Since then many others have pushed for a similar canal. Now, however, Thailand's military junta has given in-principle approval for the Pak Bara port and multimodal links – not a canal – across to the Gulf of Thailand. [08/09/14]

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Thailand's junta resurrects plan to build Andaman port

But proposal for cargo to bypass Malacca Strait faces opposition as locals fear losing their livelihood

Published on Sep 06, 2014

It is quiet in Pak Bara. Fishermen returning from the Andaman Sea dock their vessels at its pier in the south-western corner of Thailand. Travellers hop onto boats that cut across turquoise waters towards nearby marine national parks.

All this could change if the kingdom carries out a long-stalled proposal to transform Pak Bara into a deep-sea port that would give shippers a shortcut between Europe and East Asia.

The plan calls for Pak Bara in Satun province to be eventually linked by road and rail to another deep-sea port in Songkhla province by the Gulf of Thailand, allowing international cargo to avoid the circuitous and congested route down the Strait of Malacca.

Proponents point out that Asean's second-largest economy is heavily reliant on Laem Chabang port in the gulf, which is fast reaching its capacity. The country has no equivalent outlet along the Andaman coast, so rubber, a key export in the Thai south, has to be trucked to Malaysia and then shipped out via Penang port.

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