93 freighters depart Mandalay Port in May

A total of 93 cargo ships departed from Mandalay Port for destinations including Yangon, Bhamo, and other townships in May of this year, according to the Department of Marine Administration.
DMA reported an increase in the number of goods being sent from Mandalay Port, such as maize, sugar, cement, and other commodities, due to the ease of transportation via the Ayeyawady River during the rainy season.
A total of 0.63 tonne of cement, 58,049.6 tonnes of maize, 450 tonnes of limestone, 9,957.606 tonnes of molasses, 4,688.35 tonnes of sugar, and 670 rice bags have been transported so far.
“Despite the current high-water levels, cargo ship operators are reminded to adhere strictly to their vessels’ designated weight capacity. The Department of Marine Administration emphasizes that exceeding the tonnage limit or neglecting to consider a ship’s size and weight limitations can pose serious safety risks. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanma Port Authority: 52 container vessels scheduled to call in May

A total of 52 container vessels will dock at the Yangon Port in May 2024, the Myanma Port Authority announced.
In May, seven container vessels run by Maersk  A/S Line, six each by Cosco Shipping  Line and Samudera Shipping  Line, five each by MSC Line and SITC Shipping Line, four by Ti2 Container Line, three each by BLPL Shipping Line, CMA CGM Line, ONE Line and RCL Line, two each by Evergreen Line, IAL Shipping Line and PIL Line are slated to enter the Yangon Port.
Myanma Port Authority stated that 49 vessels in January, 53 in February, 55 in March and 50 in April arrived at the Yangon Port.
Yangon Port handled 629 container vessels in 2023. Thanks to the draft extension, the international ocean liners can access the inner port for now, according to the Myanma Port Authority’s statement on 22 June 2022.
After the new navigation channel (Kings Bank Channel) accessing the inner Yangon River had been found, the draft extension work was accelerated. Afterwards, the port can now handle larger ships. The container vessel (185.99 metres LOA, 35.25 m Beam, 29,232 GRT and 2,698 TEU) Hong Kong-based SITC Shipping Line docked at Asia World Port Terminal for the first time on 22 June, which is the largest ship that AWPT Port handled.
Since May 2021, the arrival of ships at terminals in Yangon has increased again. To fulfil the seaborne trade requirements, three new container vessels by Maersk Line Myanmar (SeaLand Maersk) started to run in 2021.
Earlier, the larger ships had draft problems preventing their sailing on the Yangon River. With the draft being extended up to 10 meters, the larger ocean liners can enter the Thilawa Port.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon Port Thrives: Export figures and shipping methods

SINCE the conclusion of the monsoon season in October 2023, Yangon Port has been bustling with cargo vessels, containers, trade activities, and employees. The Ministry of Commerce reports that Myanmar exported nearly US$2 billion worth of agricultural produce from April 2023 to January 2024. In February alone, the country exported 384,405 tonnes of rice, bringing the total exported rice for the 11 months of the financial year 2023-24 to 1.4 million tonnes.

Traditionally, rice exports have been facilitated via containers. However, due to a shortage of containers in the financial year 2021-22, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, exporters turned to stacking rice in general cargo vessels. This financial year, the volume of rice exported in containers has doubled compared to the stacking method. Europe, Africa, and Asian countries, including Bangladesh and Indonesia, remain primary markets for Myanmar rice.

In February, bean exports reached 156,950 tonnes, contributing to a total bean export of 1.2 million tonnes in the current financial year. Exporters primarily use containers to export beans to India and other Asian countries. Corn exports in February totalled 365,472 tonnes, marking the highest monthly export for corn. The total corn export for the current financial year is 891,038 tonnes. Exporters mainly transport corn by stacking it in the cargo holds of vessels, accounting for 75 per cent of corn exports, while the remaining 25 per cent are shipped in containers. Thailand and the Philippines are the primary buyers of corn.

Small-scale private vessels with capacities of 2,700-3,000 tonnes are also engaged in trading corn to Ranong and Kantang ports in Thailand. The Myanma Port Authority oversees operations to ensure timely transportation with minimal waste. It collaborates with the Myanmar Rice Federation, beans and pulses merchants, as well as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Association, the Customs Department, the Department of Trade, and other stakeholders to ensure an adequate supply of containers.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon Port: 53 container vessels slated to arrive in Feb

In February, six container vessels each run by Maersk Line, Cosco Shipping Line and Samudera Shipping Line, five each by CMA CGM Line and SITC Shipping Line, four by MSC Line, three each by BLPL Shipping Line, Evergreen Line, ONE Line, RCL Line andTi2 Container Line, two each by IAL Shipping Line and PIL Line and one each by BAY Line and Land and Sea are slated to enter the Yangon Port. In January, 49 vessels docked at the Yangon Port.

Yangon Port handled 629 container vessels in 2023.Thanks to the draft extension, the international ocean liners can access the inner port for now, according to the Myanma Port Authority’s statement on 22 June 2022. After the new navigation channel (Kings Bank Channel) accessing the inner Yangon River had been found, the draft extension work was accelerated.

After that, the port can now handle larger ships. The container vessel (185.99 m LOA, 35.25 m Beam, 29,232 GRT and 2,698 TEU) Hong Kong-based SITC Shipping Line docked at Asia World Port Terminal for the first time on 22 June, which is the largest ship that AWPT Port handled.

From May 2021, the arrival of ships at terminals in Yangon has increased again. Three new container vessels by Maersk Line Myanmar (SeaLand Maersk) started to run to fulfil the seaborne trade requirements in 2021.

Earlier, the larger ships had draft problems preventing sailing on the Yangon River. With the draft extending up to 10 metres, more giant ocean liners can enter the Thilawa Port.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar National Airlines welcome cargo plane with ceremony

The ceremony to welcome the Boeing 737-800 Freighter aircraft of Myanmar National Airlines was held at Yangon International Airport yesterday afternoon.
The cargo plane, (9M-WCA), Flight No 3G005, departed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and arrived at Yangon International Airport at 3:25 pm, where officials from Myanmar National Airlines conducted a welcome ceremony.
The aircraft will be used for cargo transport flights of Myanmar National Airlines and will be able to carry about 22 tonnes of cargo, as well as dangerous goods that cannot be transported on regular flights.
Boeing 737-800 Freighter aircraft No 9M-WCA is planned to expand cargo transport flights from Yangon to Southeast Asian countries.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Forty-nine container vessels slated to call in Jan

A total of 49 container vessels are scheduled to dock at the Yangon Port in January 2024, according to the Myanma Port Authority.
In January, seven container vessels each run by Samudera Shipping Line and Sealand Maersk Asia, six by COSCO Shipping Line, five by SITC Line, four each by MSC Line, CMA CGM Line and Ti2 Container Line, three each by ONE Line and RCL Line, two each by Evergreen Line and BLPL Shipping Line, one each by BAY Line and IAI Shipping Line are slated to enter the Yangon Port.
This year, 52 container vessels each in January and February, 55 in March, 50 in April, 56 in May, 57 in June, 53 in July, 54 in August, 53 in September, 49 in October, 50 in November, and 49 in December arrived at Yangon Port, totalling 629 container vessels.
Yangon Port handled a total of 620 container vessels last year. Following the draft extension, the international ocean liners can access the inner port for now, according to the Myanma Port Authority’s statement on 22 June 2022.
After the new navigation channel (Kings Bank Channel) accessing the inner Yangon River was found, the draft extension work was accelerated. After that, the port can now handle larger ships. The container vessel (185.99-metre length overall-LOA, 35.25-metre Beam, 29,232 Gross Register Tonnage-GRT and 2,698 twenty-foot equivalent unit-TEU) Hong-Kong based SITC Shipping Line docked at Asia World Port Terminal for the first time on 22 June, which is the largest ship that AWPT Port handled.
From May 2021, the arrival of the ships at terminals in Yangon has increased again. To fulfill the seaborne trade requirements, three new container vessels by Maersk Line Myanmar (SeaLand Maersk) started to run in 2021. Earlier, the larger ships had draft problems preventing their sailing on the Yangon River. The draft was extended up to 10 metres, so the larger ocean liners could enter the Thilawa Port. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

21,697.78 tonnes of cargo and 900 gravel suddles exported from Mandalay Port last week

According to the Mandalay Region Marine Administration Department, 23 cargo vessels were able to export 21,697.78 tonnes of cargo and 900 gravel pits from Mandalay Port to Yangon, Bhamo and other cities during the first week of November.
A total of 23 cargo vessels that exported goods such as millet, cement, coal, and gravel from Mandalay Port to Yangon, Bhamo and other cities were able to export 15,775.58 tonnes of cement, 3,700 tonnes of coal, 2,222.2 tonnes of corn, and 900 suddles of gravel from 1 to 8 November.
Due to the increase in the number of goods to be exported at Mandalay Port, the vessels should not load more than the specified tonnage, and the vessels may be dangerous if they carry goods that are not proportionate to the size of the vessel and travel in the river.
Officials have informed that vessels coming from Mandalay Port must pay attention to the navigational signals that have been erected on the water and on the shore to ensure safe navigation.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Central Committee to enhance exports by overseeing production and logistics

The central committee has to review the work processes being conducted at seaport, airport and border trade camps to revive the trading sector and to amend them if necessary, said Central Committee on Ensuring Smooth Flow of Trade and Goods Chairman State Administration Council Member Union Minister General Mya Tun Oo.
The Union minister said the words during the 1/2023 meeting of the central committee held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
He also highlighted the instructions of the Prime Minister that it should make efforts to produce the imported basic commodities to meet the country’s needs and to be able to export.
He added that while trying not to face the trade deficit in the State economy, the committee will supervise to promote the production of export goods and export volumes and not prevent suspensions in production and price increases of essential commodities such as medicines and medical supplies, farming products, fuel, cooking oil and so on.
It will also set measures to facilitate the banking system to ensure the official currency flows for trading and supervise the working processes of the working committee to ensure the speedy flow of trading procedures.
He then urged the entrepreneurs, and relevant officials of ports to report their challenges to be solved and scrutinize the insurance information and containers systematically.
Then, the attendees coordinated the discussion and the Union minister concluded the meeting.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Airways International(MAI) unveils newair cargo services

AS Myanmar Airways International (MAI) runs domestic and international flights to promote Myanmar’s aviation sector, the cargo aircraft is being operated starting from 30 September aiming to connect export/import goods with global trade routes. The cargo aircraft launch ceremony was held at the Terminal-1 Airside of Yangon International Airport yesterday morning.

The ceremony was presented by officials from the Department of Civil Aviation and the Myanmar Airways International. The cargo aircraft of Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is a Boeing 737-300F which can carry all types of goods including large-sized goods and dangerous goods up to 15 tonnes.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Cargo ship initiates direct trade link between Sittway, Rakhine State, and Kolkata, India

Sittway, Rakhine State, is set to establish direct trade relations with Kolkata, India, through the deployment of a cargo ship, according to U Aung Aung, General Secretary of the Rakhine State Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
A recent development permits cargo vessels traversing local coastlines to dock at the Sittway Jetty, a significant component of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project located in Sittway Township.
U Aung Aung elaborated on the current trading scenario in Rakhine State, highlighting that products from various regions within Myanmar are presently exported to Bangladesh via the Maungdaw Kanyinchaung zone and Sittway Shwemingan Port. However, there has been no avenue for exports from Rakhine State to India until now. Consequently, efforts are underway to facilitate the transportation of goods from Sittway to Paletwa via maritime routes as part of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project. Subsequently, goods will be transported from Paletwa to Mizoram, situated on the Myanmar-India border, via land routes.
In order to streamline trade between Rakhine State and Mizoram State, dedicated jetties have been constructed in both Sittway and Paletwa for maritime transport. Furthermore, reports indicate that the construction of the road connecting Mizoram to Chin State has been successfully completed.
The inauguration of the Sittway Jetty within the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project took place on 9 May 2023, with the presence of officials from both India and Myanmar. The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, initiated in 2018 as part of the India-Myanmar Friendship Programme, entails an investment of US$484 million by India.