New ferry links for Koh Samui
On July 3, Mr. Chula Sukmanop, the director general of the Marine Department revealed possible plans for a new ferry link to Koh Samui.
At a meeting on the progress of ferry ship transportation in the gulf of Thailand that Siam Eastern Logistics Terminal Co.,Ltd and other logistics and transport entrepreneurs have shown an interest in, the opening an eastern ferry route from Sattahip or Sriracha to Koh Samui Port or Donsak Port in Surat Thani was discussed. The Siam Eastern Logistics Terminal Co.,Ltd company is able to bring six big ferry ships in six months and is ready to open a ship transport route connecting the east with Samui by early 2016.
First, the Marine Department will have to check the two harbors in the east to ensure they can support big boats these are Khuk Samet Pier and Sriracha Harbor. A Survey will be done to see if there are any facilities that can be used or if there is anything that needs to be improved. For example, Khuk Samet Pier might need more passenger terminals.
The ferry ships by the Siam Eastern Logistics Terminal Co.,Ltd can carry 400 passengers and 100 cars. The route from the east coast to Samui is 240 nautical miles which takes only 5 hour by boat, making it faster than travelling by car which takes 10 hours.