Mekong Shipping Slowly Resumes as Water Levels Rise in Chiang Rai Province

A Chinese cargo ship heads upstream toward China on the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Thailand. – Photo NPR

CHIANG RAI – Small freight vessels and passenger cruises have resumed services after the water level rose above two metres on a stretch of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district yesterday, according to the provincial office.

Cargo and cruise vessels plying the international river were mostly grounded last week when the water level dropped below two metres after the Jinghong dam in China discharged less water, which disrupted freight and passenger transport in downstream countries, including Thailand.

Chiang Rai provincial governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the river receded to an average of 1.9 metres last week leaving even small cargo and passenger vessels stranded.

The shallow water left many boats unable to unload passengers as they had to moor too far from the banks, he said.

The Marine Department, security agencies and the Foreign…

Original published: 2018-03-13 20:46:16 Read the full Bangkok News here

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