Thai Prime Minister Denies Canal Reports

Friday, September 03, 1999
Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai has denied reports the government plans to build a canal across southern Thailand, bypassing the busy Malacca Straits shipping lane, as reported in last week's Maritime Week. He said that while the idea is still being studied, the construction of a canal is not a simple issue and no decision has been made. If the study found it feasible to construct the canal, the country might build it, he said. It is estimated that the project would cost about $21.2 billion and take six years to complete. Proponents of the canal claim it would bring huge economic benefits and could threaten Singapore's position as the region's leading port. They say the Kra canal - so-called because it would cut across the Kra Isthmus, which is Thailand's narrowest point just north of Peninsula Malaysia - would bring jobs and help boost the economy. Abhisit Vejjajiva, minister attached to the prime minister's office who overseas the Thai Board of Investment, played down claims that the project was needed to boost economic growth. "The original idea was that the canal would kick-start the economy after the economic crisis broke out, but now there is no urgent need for that," he said. Abhisit said the canal's potential environmental impact needs thorough examination and there is still not enough solid data about potential investors.
Maritime Reporter September 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

More German Shipowners Look to Gibdock for Repairs

Gibdock remarks it has continued to see its stock rise amongst the German shipowner community over the past year. Indeed the Gibraltar ship repair yard’s recent

Tankship Owners TORM Get Credit Facility Extension

Denmark-based TORM say that all lenders have supported the agreement to extend the existing Super Senior Working Capital Facility by six months until 31 March 2015

Iraqi Kurdistan Oil Shipments Reach 8.8m Barrels

Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped 8.8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, as the autonomous region

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0962 sec (10 req/sec)