The Hua Hin Municipality has confirmed that a cross gulf-ferry service will soon commence. This was first reported in a Royal Coast Review Facebook post on 29th January.
The source is described as the Prachuap Khiri Khan Regional Harbor Office naming the operators as the Seahorse Ferry Company Limited, a subsidiary of Namyong Terminal Public Company Limited.
This will be a RO-RO service; a term used to describe ships with roll-on and roll-off features for the carriage of commercial vehicles and private cars with provision to accommodate passengers. The use of such vessels aims to reduce road traffic.
The cross-gulf service will be a link from the rapidly developing industrial regions in Chonburi and Rayong to points south of our region and potentially across the border to Myanmar.
The route will be from the new ferry terminal at Chuk Samet deep-sea port in Sattahip (Chonburi Province), pictured left, built as part of the infrastructure development for the Eastern Economic Corridor.
This destination will be to Prachuap Khiri Khan Province at Prachuap Port in the Bang Saphan District, around 180 kilometres south of Hua Hin (pictured left).
The vessel to be put into service is named as the MV BLUE DOLPHIN; with a capacity of 100 ten-wheel trucks and 586 passengers. The ship has a 8850 gross tonnage and a length overall x breadth of 144 x 23 metres.
MV Blue Dolphin has been operating in Japanese waters. It has previously been listed for sale at US$13 million (www.nautisnp.com).
More information may be provided by the Prachuap Khiri Khan Regional Harbor Office Tel. 0-3260-3929 and Namyong Terminal Public Company Limited Tel. 083-436-4375.
This QR Code links to a full vessel description however without any English language information.
The current Khao Takiab ferry port would be unable to accommodate ships such as the MV Blue Dolphin which require much deeper waters.
The new service is not related to the Hua Hin to Pattaya ferry service which remains suspended.