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Bangkok’s E-Ferry Fleet Grows With Money From Development Banks

The Thai city, often ranked among the world’s most polluted, is working with International Finance Corp. to add 30 electric boats and phase out diesel ferries. 

Ferries travel along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

Ferries travel along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

Photographer: Nicolas Axelrod/Bloomberg

Bangkok residents used to traveling in the smoke-belching, noisy boats in the Thai capital’s Chao Phraya river may soon have cleaner, quieter options, as the city’s electric ferry services grow. 

Chao Phraya Express Boat Co., a leading provider of water transportation services in Bangkok, plans to purchase 30 electric boats and gradually phase out its fleet of diesel ferries, it announced Wednesday. International Finance Corp. will assist in buying and operating the new vehicles and developing environmental, safety and social standards, the two entities said in a joint statement.