Thai freighter detained for allegedly, sugar smuggling

Thai freighter BANGPAKAEW was detained in Subic Bay, Philippines, for allegedly, smuggling in Philippines some 7,000 tons of bagged sugar, said nation’s Bureau of Customs BOC. The ship arrived at Subic Bay on Aug 17 from Bangkok, cargo documents were checked and found to be forged, according to BOC. Offloading already commenced by the time BANGPAKAEW was detained or arrested. Philippines law enforcement is tasked with preventing sugar smuggling amid the supply shortage in the country.

It’s interesting indeed – here’s a shortage of vitally important for population product, and among first things authorities do, is fighting smuggling. Smuggled or not, delivered product is to ease deficit, to help people in need. Eliminate deficit and then fight smuggling, until then your, governmental, main task and obligation, is to help your own people, is it not so?

General cargo ship BANGPAKAEW, IMO 9187801, dwt 7430, built 1998, flag Thailand, manager WONG SAMUT NAVIGATION CO LTD.

Thailand plans to build 3 major cruise terminals

August 12, 2022
The Marine Department on Aug 12 announced the results of preliminary study on feasibility of constructing cruise ships terminals at Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province, Gulf of Thailand; at Laem Pong Bay, Krabi Province, Andaman sea coast; and at Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya City, Gulf of Thailand.
Laem Hin Kom was found to be the most suitable place at Koh Samui island, for the construction of cruise terminal, estimated cost is 6,449 mil baht.                 

At Krabi Province, Laem Pong was selected as the best option, with construction cost of 3,700 mil baht. Terminal pier or piers will be able to dock ships with capacity not exceeding 1,500 passengers; anchorage area will allow to anchor cruise ships with capacity of 3,500 – 4,000 passengers.
Well-known Bali Hai Pier, downtown Pattaya, will be transformed into a cruise terminal including berthing piers for cruise ships with capacity not exceeding 1,500 passengers; and anchorage area for cruise ships with capacity of 3,500 – 4,000 passengers. Construction cost is estimated at 3,482 mil baht.               

Total cost of all three projects is 13,361 mil baht.





New port tug surcharges

05 Aug 2022: The Government Gazette publishes the announcement of the Port Authority of Thailand regarding the collection of fuel surcharges of the tugboat service at Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port on Aug 5.
Reviewed fuel surcharges came into force on Jul 1 and are determined as follows:
2.1 Bangkok Port – Tug boats from 2,000 horsepower, up to 1,846 baht/hour
2.2 Laem Chabang Port 2,356 baht/hour
If tug deployment time is less than an hour, it is 30-minute charge if less than 30 minutes, one-hour charge of more than 30 minutes but less than an hour.
The Port Authority of Thailand is revising tug service tariffs several times a year, on Jan 1, Apr 1, Jul 1 and Oct 1.

Trucks operators protest containers delays in Laem Chabang

03 Aug 2022
Association of freight forwarders and shippers of Laem Chabang staged a protest against long delays of container trucks, having to wait for 10 and more hours, to pick up containers at Laem Chabang International Terminal – B-5 Terminal. Complaint was handed over to Laem Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd management during picket protest staged by forwarders at Terminal entrance on Aug 2 or 3. two steps are to be taken to normalize the situation, according to Association proposal:
1. Waiting time to pcik up containers must not exceed two hours;
2. Waiting area must be provided with amenities for drivers, such as toilets, food stalls, etc.
Association warned Terminal management, that if no actions are taken any time soon, and situation doesn’t improve, it will probably, shift to legal grounds. Representative of Laem Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd accepted complaint and proposal and said, that Terminal management will try to fix the problem as soon as possible, though it may take some time, because it is not so much the question of mismanagement, as the question of Terminal being overwhelmed with exponential rise in number of arriving containers. Terminal have to unload container ships as soon as possible, to avoid ships demurrages.

PAT poised to create designated for trucks area in Laem Chabang
24 Aug 2022 08:09

Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) came up with the idea of developing special parking area in Laem Chabang Port, which will curb trucks congestion, and make waiting for containers more comfortable for truck drivers. Some 15 hectares of designated Port’s area will be developed into parking lot, accommodation and rest areas, including food malls, etc. PAT is expecting the whole project to be run by private sector, in all stages, from planning and investments, to construction and management. Bidding is to be launched to attract investors, to be completed by the end of the year. Starting next year, companies allowed to enter the project, will be able to construct and manage their facilities.

As of July 17, 2022, Thailand Fleet numbered 81,880 vessels. 69% of this number are fishing vessels, 10% are passenger ships, 3% are merchant ships, and 18% are other ships. 81,494 vessels are navigating in inland and inner waters, and 386 ships are trading worldwide.

Prima Marine puts into service second VLCC

Prima Marine Public Company Limited reported better perfomance in the first half of year 2022, outperforming same period last year, thanks to covid, albeit slow, recovery, and to growing demand in oil and petrochemicals. Fastest growing is the offshore sector of PRM, with offshore boats utilization rate reaching 100%, up from previous 70-80% rate. On Jun 30 Company announced one more VLCC being put into service, an addition to the first VLCC Company deployed in 2021. Both tankers are operated under 10-year charter contract.
Prima Marine Public Company Limited operates a business of integrated marine transportation and storage of crude oil, petroleum products, semi-petroleum products and liquefied petroleum, including service provision of oil tankers for support of offshore petroleum exploration and production and ship management.
PRM is operating 8 FSO units of VLCC type, and a fleet of some 30 tankers of less than 10,000 dwt.

PSL purchased 2 second-hand Handymax bulk carriers

May 31
Precious Shipping Public Company Limited (PSL) has purchased 2 second hand bulk carriers, via its’ subsidiaries. Precious Stones Shipping Company Limited. PSL bought Handymax NORDIC SEOUL (Jul UPDATE: renamed, now PHATRA NAREE, re-flagged, now under Thai flag, IMO 9649861, dwt 35882, built 2017 in China).
Precia Company. Jasmines Co., Ltd. bought NORDIC BUSAN (IMO 9649885, dwt 35700, built 2012 in China. Jul UPDATE: the ship is still under her old name and flag, operated by old manager, she is to be delivered to buyer in Jun 30 – Aug 3 period).
NORDIC SEOUL was bought for $25 mil., NORDIC BUSAN for $26 mil., paid by company’s cash and via credit line.