MOL invests in Thai barge terminal

MOL invests in Thai barge terminal

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed a joint venture agreement with SahaThai Terminal, a container terminal operation company in Thailand, to establish a new barge terminal operation company called Bangkok Barge Terminal.

Due to shallower water depths at the Bangkok river port, Laem Chabang port, some 90 km downstream, has become the main gateway port of Thailand with its capability in accommodating many liner services with larger containerships. Consequently, container transport between Laem Chabang and the outskirts of Bangkok by land transport via truck and rail, as well as waterway transport via barges now play important roles.

The BBT-operated barge container terminal is slated to open in 2016.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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