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Electric Ferry Service for Bangkok Canal Delayed Until December

Bangkok Electric Ferry Boat

The launch of electric-boat service on Bangkok’s Phadung Krung Kasem Canal now will start in December, a month later than originally announced.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Deputy Gov. Sakontee Pattiyakul on Thursday inspected ongoing construction of seven electric ferries to be operated by the BMA’s investment arm, Krungthep Thanakhom.

He said the boats will be ready to go into service in December. The BMA last month said service would begin in November. No reason for the delay was given.

The BMA on March 30 approved the purchase of the seven 30-seat boats to serve commuters along the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem in Bangkok’s Old Town.

KT is getting 117 million baht to run the service for 600 days and pay for the vessels that will run alongside existing, diesel-powered boats.

Sakontee said the electric ferries will serve daily passengers who want to avoid road congestion as well as tourists going to numerous attractions along the route. The fare will be only 10 baht.

The Phadung Krung Kasem Canal electric-ferry service is a demonstration project for the Saen Saeb Canal. The Marine Department tested the prototype electric boat for that service on Aug. 4.