||Jean-Michel Beurdeley, a
former Asian art dealer, follows a long line of accomplished
mariners, recognized for their maritime skills as well as their
expertise in running one of the most established shipping enterprises
in Marseilles, France.
Having been exposed to the finesse of crafting
exquisite sea-faring vessels, the opportunity to restore a
rice barge was one of his life's dreams.
This dream was soon realized when a
friend of his wife, Mrs. Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram, founder
of Thailand's first river ferry company with a fleet of over
100 passenger boats carrying an average of 10,000 passengers
a day along the Chao Phraya river offered to facilitate this.