Sattahip to Songkhla car ferry completes test run, service set to begin imminently
Manager reported that the much hyped car and passenger ferry from Sattahip on the eastern seaboard to Songkhla in the far south had been fully tested.
They said last week that it was set to begin operation from Friday.
The Blue Dolphin will be run by Seahorse Ferries. It was reported earlier that the first stage will be the long haul route – 18-20 hours – all the way south but that a stop in Prachuap Khiri Khan will be added later.
The boat will be able to carry 586 passengers, 20 cars and 60-80 trucks.
Its top speed will be 17 knots that equates to about 31 kmph, Thai Rath reported back in March.
Then reports suggested the service could start as early as April with transport minister Saksayam Chidchob citing delays caused by the need for road infrastructure at ports to limit traffic snarls.
The service’s website indicates only Sattahip to Songkhla from 2 pm to 10 am each way.
Their website includes a “How to Booking” (sic) section and under “News and Promotion” no further information except terms and conditions.
On another page it suggests you can book for a ferry today, Monday 24th May. An attempt by a reporter to navigate this failed
If and when the service actually begins we will let you know.
Source: Manager & Thiavisa