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Sea Tran ferry passengers stuck at Donsak due to fisherman dispute

The Sea Tran ferry has recently had to re-dredge parts of the channel they use from Koh Samui to Donsak as the water is not deep enough for the ferries to pass. The dredging has resulted in many dolphins and fish disappearing from the area angering local fishermen who have lost their income. Local fishermen made compensation demands that Sea Tran said they would meet, however, on the deadline, that was today, 5th August no payments were  made. Local fishermen have now blockaded the road at Donsak and are refusing to let any vehicles pass. Many passengers asked Sea Tran if they were running to Donsak today and were told yes, and boarded the ferries totally unaware that once they reach Donsak they would not be able to leave the car park or access the mainland.

When we telephoned Seatran they declined to comment on the situation.

The cue for Raja ferry is escalating out of control and contains many passengers who had to turn round at Donsak, come back to Samui and then take the alternative ferry.



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