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Since 1947, Bangkok Port or Klongtoey Port has been the main commercial port for Thailand with constantly improving services and technology. This facility, however, is unable to accommodate ships of size exceeding 12,000 deadweight tonnes (DWT), length greater than 172 metres, or draught of more than 8 metres in relation to the mean sea level. Consequently the Port Authority of Thailand has had to seek a location for a deep-sea port to facilitate large ships in the interest of expanding contributions to the national economy.


In 1961, the government commissioned NEDECO (Netherlands Engineering Consultants) to conduct a feasibility study on developing a new port in Chon Buri’s Sriracha District. The study concluded that the best location was Laem Chabang because the site was well sheltered, could easily be dredged, and had capacious hinterland for the construction of port facilities, warehouses, and industrial estates.


Despite the aforesaid feasibility study, the construction of Laem Chabang Port was delayed. Land expropriation only began in 1973 with a total of 6,340 rai (1,014 hectares) of land in Tambon Thung Sukhala, Sriracha District and Tambon Bang Lamung, Bang Lamung District of Chon Buri being allocated to this key port project.
The move was in response to the 5th National Economic and Social Development Plan (1982 – 1986), which also prescribed industrial estates for small- and medium-sized factories in Laem Chabang area. As stated in the 6th National Economic and Social Development Plan (1987 – 1991), Bangkok Port had already reached its full capacity because it was unable to accommodate large ships and had no further space for more containers.


When the site was ready for construction to start, the prime minister at that time, General Prem Tinsulanonda, presided over the foundation-stone-laying ceremony for Laem Chabang Port on 15 November 1987. Four years later, the government, in collaboration with some private investors, initiated the port’s commercial services. B1 was the first terminal to come into operation.

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