22 Jul 2015 – Laem Chabang Deep Sea Port, located in Si Racha and Bang Lamung Districts, Chonburi Province, the deep sea port is a regional hub on Thailand’s eastern seaboard connecting to all regions of the country, and a major gateway for maritime transport, under Port Authority of Thailand’s (PAT) supervisory for overall port administrative management. Port operation, on the other hand, is directed by the policy to allow private sector joint venture to manage and operate Laem Chabang quays. In 2014, freight volumes through Laem Chabang Port (total volume including both empty and loaded containers from international freight, domestic cargo transport, and the transporting and logging of coastal containers in to the port’s Shift mode) stood at 6.3 million TEUs, and expected to rise to 6.615 million in 2015.
As for enhancing cargo transport capabilities to the port, the Ministry of Transportation looks to carry out three major projects, to include: the railway freight center development at Laem Chabang Port; the coastal docking port enhancement (Port A) at Laem Chabang Port; and motorway enhancements to address traffic issues in and around the Laem Chabang Port. The projects are progressing as follow: a Baht 2,994 million budget has been approved for the railway freight center development at Laem Chabang Port by the Commission for Economic and Social Development Centre (NESDB), of to where PAT was recommended, however, to consider lowering its rates to be more competitive with other ports. Commencement is targeted for late 2017, whereby the project carries out the construction of a dual-railway system that can connect with the moderate-speed electric rail system on the Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Laem Chabang route, in accordance with the Thai-Japan G2G collaboration scheme. The project is expected to be submitted to the cabinet for approval this coming August. The Baht 1,864 million budget coastal docking port enhancement (Port A) at Laem Chabang Port project with a targeted commencement in 2017, and the Baht 1,000 million budget motorway enhancements to address traffic issues in and around the Laem Chabang Port project, were both previously approved by the cabinet and now in the process of drafting the Terms of Reference (ToR) for further auctions, where bids are expected to be placed for all three projects simultaneously this coming December. With planned services in place, lingering problems will be resolved while cargo transport capabilities will improve significantly to-and-from the Laem Chabang Port.
Compiled by BLOG.SCGLogistics
Source: Thai Federation on Logistics and the Ministry of Transportation’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015 (Revised)