A new passenger and vehicle ferry service across the Gulf of Thailand from Sattahip to Prachuap Khiri Khan; then continuing down to Songkhla in the far south of Thailand is now under consideration by the Harbour Department. Test runs are set to start next month.
A meeting has been held between the Harbour Department and Seahorse Ferry Co Ltd that is proposing the new route. It would leave the commercial port at Sattahip in Chonburi and go to Prachuap Khiri Khan before going to the southern port at Songkhla.
The company outlined many reasons why the service would be a boon. They cited improved logistics, increased competition, improvements to the economy, better for the environment, less traffic on the roads and fewer road accidents.
It was stated at the meeting that the current journey by road was 1,130 kms and took up to 24 hours to Songkhla. This could be reduced to 611 kms taking a maximum of 20 hours.
The Harbour Department ordered an immediate examination of the readiness of the ports involved focusing on their size and safety features. Test runs for the service are expected to start as early as next month with the potential for passengers to follow. A preferred Prachuap Khiri Khan port and pricing details are yet to announced.