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Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry to launch in September

The new passenger ferry service between Sattahip district in Chon Buri and Koh Chang in Trat will be launched next month, according to the Marine Department.

Director-general  Sornsak Saensombat said the Sattahip-Koh Chang route will operate from  Chuk Samet pier in Sattahip to the Bang Bao pier on Koh Chang, reports said.

The service connecting the two seaports on the eastern coast is expected to help limit the number of vehicles on the island.

The service will be provided by Royal Passenger Liner, the operator of the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service.

Mr Sornsak said the operator and the department were in the process of setting the fares.

The service was originally to be launched in May. 

The department also plans to launch a car ferry service from the Chuk Samet pier to Pran Buri district in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The project  cost, which involves construction of a new pier, is estimated at 1 billion baht and is pending the Transport Ministry's consideration.

He said the department has yet to decide if it will wholely invest in building the pier or seek a private partnership.

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