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The Samui – Donsak ferry rout operated by Seatran ferry resumed service at 3pm yesterday after a military-brokered deal was reached with local fishermen who have accused the company of damaging their livelihoods along with the eco system when they dredged the port.
Services had to be suspended on Tuesday and part of Wednesday when compensation claims were not met by the ferry company and the fishermen put a blockade at the entrance to the Donsak ferry port.
Seeing the damage caused to business, Seatran eventually agreed to pay the compensation putting an end to the blockade. Major Gen Teerachat Jinda-ngern, commander of Surat Thani military district, and Pol Col Pornsak Nuannoo, deputy commissioner of the southern province, called in Wanna Tanpaibul, managing director of Seatran ferry along with representatives of the fishing industry to reach the deal.
It is believed that over 700,000 Baht was paid to over 50 fishermen, although around 500 took part in the protest. During the disruptions many passengers used the nearby Raja ferry.