In Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan, train bogeys were recently loaded onto a vessel as they set course for Thailand. This transportation of the State Railway of Thailand owned trains is part of Bangkok’s commuter rail system development; the Red Line project. The operation began in the land of the Rising Sun and ended in the Land of Smiles. Accompanying this shipment was Siam Pattana Maritime Co., LTD. (SPM), a Thai lineage ocean carrier who are part of the Siam ECL Group Company.

“A total amount of cargo that will be transported from Japan to Thailand is 130 units, including train bogeys, installation equipment and several spare parts. We will transport six to twelve bogeys per trip, totaling thirteen trips upon completion. The first shipment began in October 2019 and the last trip shipment will commence by April 2020. These trains were manufactured in Yamaguchi prefecture, southside of Japan, which is a port area near our chartered vessel,” explained Mr. Shiro Aratame, Managing Director of Siam ECL Co., Ltd.

Mr. Shiro Aratame, Managing Director of Siam ECL Co., Ltd. (Let) Mr. Thanit Hanbenjaphong, Director of Siam Pattana Maritime Co., Ltd. (Right)

Although this movement is occurring during Japan’s typhoon season, SPM’s expertise in Japan’s climate is a big part in making the delivery possible without any complications. “We are very conscious about weather and the forecast, for Japan is now experiencing typhoon season. We are carefully communicating with shippers all the time, to sort out the best handling date of the cargo,” said Mr. Thanit Hanbenjaphong, Director of Siam Pattana Maritime Co., Ltd.

Mr. Aratame then pointed out the capability of SPM’s fleet of Ro-Ro vessels is paramount for this transportation, which already completed its first trip with ten bogeys at Laem Chabang Port on October 12th, 2019. “Our vessels are capable of carrying over twelve-thousand deadweight tonnage with thirty meters of capacity. We can carry up to twenty bogeys a time. The customer’s operational schedule only requires ten to twelve bogeys at maximum per one trip, the bogey length is only twenty-two meters, meaning, we are very much capable of handling this project.”   

As SPM’s customer requires average of one to two transportations per month, the company is supporting the Red Line project by providing two transportations from Japan to Thailand per month, whilst pushing the course as their regular route.

“The discharging process is quite simple, the vessel is crane moves cargo from the vessel directly to consignee trucks. The process begins once the consignee trucks arrive at the terminal. This process is considered to be a direct delivery,” added Ms. Kotchakorn Samnaopoke, Marketing Manager of Siam Pattana Maritime Co., Ltd. about discharging operation.

Ms. Kotchakorn Samnaopoke, Marketing Manager of Siam Pattana Maritime Co., Ltd.

Nonetheless, as simple as such processes are, SPM has recognized it to be as vital as any other process. For the perfect delivery, the company has made very delicate and exhaustive operational plans. “We are cooperating with everyone involved, to offer the most accurate operation. Once the vessel departs the origin port, we start communicating closely with the cargo receiver, to provide updates, loading and discharging information and to offer our advice on the proper amount of consignee trucks for the most efficient operation,” said Mr. Aratame.