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On Wednesday ongoing disputes between the Seatran Ferry Company and local fishermen caused the company to suspend their services from Koh Samui to Donsak, a rout that normally operates four times a day. The suspension of the service has stemmed from a protest by the fishermen that is taking place at the entrance to the ferry port that is stopping vehicles arriving at Donsak from leaving the Seatran car park and preventing those en route to Samui from accessing the Seatran port. Customers are now relying on the Raja Ferry service that covers the same rout after seeing the announcement on the Seatran website
The protest has been organized by 67 small scale fishermen who are demanding 780,255 baht in compensation from loss of earnings caused by their claims that the ego systems have been damaged by a port-dredging project that saw mud dredged from the Don Sak channel dumped elsewhere in the sea.
It was agreed with Provincial officials during talks on July 18th that the monies would be paid within 20 days, when that did not happen the fishermen took action and formed their blockade. More talks between the protestors and the company were expected to take place today.