The Transport Ministry plans to link the new port in Satun province on the Andaman coast with a port in Songkhla province facing the Gulf of Thailand. Under the plan, it will be able to handle large container ships and supertankers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia . According to the Nation news in 2015, the Pak Bara Deep-sea Port project has been put on hold several times due to environmental concern and opposition from locals. The first proposal was in 1993 . Local population warn of the multiple and potential negative impact the project will bring to the Andaman coast. It would harm Satun’s Mu Ko Phetra National Park, a source of local food and major tourism income. So local population are protesting and demanding the cancellation of the Pak Bara Deep Sea Port. As a protest, in October 2013, villagers marched about 220km from Pak Bara community to Songkhla [communities that will be afected by the port construction]. However, the Ministry of Transport ensures that " The port would be a green project which will not cause environment problem but will help promote tourism, transport and rail development" (Jun 2015) . According to Bankong Post, there is one Environmental Impact Assessment approved in 2007, and the environmental health impact assessment (EHIA) is being developed and expected to be finished in 2016 .