The Port Authority of Thailand and NP Marine Co., Ltd have signed the three year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish practical cooperation in promoting domestic maritime transport on January 26, 2018.
Lt.Jg. Kamolsak Promprayoon, Deputy Director General Port Authority of Thailand Asset Management and Business Development, said that the key mission of Port Authority of Thailand is to expand the port service and business related to waterway logistics both at domestic and ASEAN levels, ensuring that the development of maritime transport is in line with the establishment of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). According to the study done by Port Authority of Thailand, Surat Thani has a strategic location, connecting land and sea distribution routes between the upper South and the eastern part of Thailand. NP Marine currently operates and provides services in many main ports in Thailand, offering dry cargo vessel and tank vessel services in the southern ports in Surat Thani, Ranong and Songkhla, including Laem Chabang Port and Bangkok Port.
The MOU signed between Port Authority of Thailand and NP Marine is the initiative to co- promote the use of maritime transport in Chao Phraya River, Bangkok Port, Laem Chabang Port, and the Southern ports in Surat Thani and Songkhla. The collaboration will also create mutual cooperation in knowledge and technology sharing related port operation and management, including marketing activities organized domestically and internationally.
According to Mr. Surachai, Nimnual, Executive Vice President, NP Marine Co., Ltd., The coastline of Thailand is about 2,600 kilometer, with more than 20 provinces located in the coastal zone. However, the use of maritime transport is only 6-8% comparing with other modes of transport. The company expects that the project will increase the use of domestic waterway transport approximately 20% within 3 years.