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The alternative shorter sea routes via Isthmus of Kra : the land bridge approach


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Chulikpongse, Sommart 1985 , 'The alternative shorter sea routes via Isthmus of Kra : the land bridge approach', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Kra Canal was originally proposed due to the geographic
indication that a shorter Sea route might be achieved between the
Far East and the Bay of Bengal area and the Persian Gulf. Of course,
in Thailand the Kra project has recently (1981-1983) been discussed
a great deal and commands wide interest among policy-makers and
the informed public.
The Kra project involves not only the construction of a new
waterway capable of greatly easing ocean-going traffic between the
Pacific and the Indian Oceans basins but also the projected industrial
development zones and transshipment facilities associated with
the canal project are of major significance for the entire Thai and
broader regional economies. So far there is no evidence that the
Kra Canal will become reality.
This research is a preliminary attempt to analyse the Kra
project but base on the concept that the land bridge would be introduced
in conjunction with two container ports, one on the Eastern coast along the Gulf of Thailard, and the other on the Western coast
along the Andaman Sea. If a railway network will link the two ports,
thus intermodalism should provide the alternative possible service
to the shippers.
In the first part, the infrastructures between the two proposed
ports - Port of Songkhla and Port of Satun, the strategy for port
development, the justification for the route are surveyed. Then, an
analysis of the two ports investment project and the Songkhla-Satun
Kra Land Bridge project are carried out by using benefit-cost study
and present value methods. The results Obtained show that port projects
and the land, bridge project are apparently viable when using
discout rates under 9% and 8% respectively. Finally, the study concentrated
on the economic impact of the Kra Land Bridge and the
establishment of regional marketing depots; and major specific
rationales are all found to have a significant effect on port development
and the land bridge.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Chulikpongse, Sommart
Keywords: Trade routes, Shipping, Freight and freightage, Harbors, Containerization
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Thesis (M.Trans.Ec.)--University of Tasmania, 1988. Bibliography: leaves 185-191

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