Port Authority of Thailand said Monday that the damages of seven NGV buses at Laem Chabang deep-sea port were not caused by vandalism by were unintentional during the process while they were offloaded from a freighter to the port terminal.
PAT acting director Songtham Chanthaprasit said that only a few of the buses were damaged while they were parked at the port while awaiting to be delivered to Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, but he assured that the damages would be covered.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit on Sunday ordered Bangkok Mass Transit Authority and PAT to take better care of a fleet of NGV buses at Laem Chabang deep-sea port after several buses were damaged and it was suspected that they were vandalized by unknown perpetrators.
However, Nr Suradet Thaveesaengsakulthai, president and CEO of Chor Thavee Company, said he suspected the damages to most of the seven buses were intentional, adding that the damages were yet to be assessed.
He said the company would bring all the damaged buses out of the port for repairs and would place order for spare parts to be sent from China to replace the broken wind shields.
Chor Thavee Company was contracted to supply a fleet of 489 NGV buses to BMTA.
The second shipment of 40 buses was expected at the same port next week and the company would seek permission from the port to assign some of its security guards and, at the same time, asked for military personnel to be sent to the port to look after the buses to ensure that no vandalism was to be repeated.
The first lot of 100 buses is scheduled to be delivered to BMTA in March.