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 March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Knightsbridge, Frontline to Form US Capesize Company

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited and Frontline 2012 Ltd. have announced an agreement to combine Frontline 2012's remaining fleet of 25 fuel efficient vessels with Knightsbridge.

Petroecuador Tenders to Buy High Octane Naphtha

State-run Petroecuador has launched two tenders to buy a total of 22 cargoes, 240,000 barrels each, of high octane naphtha RON 87 and 93 for delivery starting on May 21-23,

Fredriksen Joins Rival for New Capesize Firm

Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen is joining one of its shipping firms with rival Knighsbridge Tankers Ltd to create the largest U.S. listed Capesize firm, which

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.1166 sec (9 req/sec)