Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is setting up a barge terminal operation company in Bangkok aimed at moving goods more speedily and efficiently, it announced today (28 July).
Bangkok Barge Terminal Company will be a joint venture with local Thai company SahaThai Terminal and is due to start operations in 2016.
The move shows the increasing importance barges play in moving containers between Bangkok from Thailand’s gateway port of Laem Chabang, 90 km south of Bangkok.
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Issues with draught and complications with dredging in the Chao Praya river has caused problems for larger vessels trying to deliver cargo there.
MOL believes the barging operation will help move goods more efficiently from Laem Chabang to Bangkok and beyond and views the new company as part of its ongoing bid to provide more value-added services to its clients.
SahaThai has a 300 m berth on the Chao Praya close to central Bangkok, which should help with the easy movement of containers. Its terminal has a 168,000m² area, consisting of a modern container yard and warehouses.