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Over 152 larger ships above 30,000 DWT arrive Yangon, Thilawa ports in five months

Yangon inner terminals and outer Thilawa Port received over 152 larger ships of above 30,000 DWT (Deadweight tonnage) in the past five months (February-June) after the draft limit has extended up to 10 metres, and a new navigation channel developed accessing to inner Yangon River. Starting from May, more ships enter Yangon terminals which handled over 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general commodities, according to a statement of Myanma Port Authority. In June, 40 container ships docked at the terminals.

The draft extension is up to 10 metres, and the international ocean liners can access the inner port for now Myanmar Port Authority ensures smooth freight flow with non-stop operation during the public holidays (17-25 July). Earlier, the larger ships have draft problems preventing their sailing on the Yangon River. The draft was extended to 10 metres. The value of Myanmar’s maritime trade over the past nine months (1 October-9 July) of the current financial year 2020-2021 sank to US$14.29 billion, which plunged from $3.765 billion during the year-ago period, according to the Ministry of Commerce. While maritime exports were valued at $6.3 billion, imports had registered $7.7 billion.

Myanmar witnessed a slump in exports and imports triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Both sea trade and border trade dropped amid the coronavirus impacts and the political changes. For maritime trade, disruption in the logistic sector and cargo shipping crisis triggered by the COVID-19 impacts battered the maritime trade somehow. Myanmar exports agricultural products, fishery products, minerals, livestock, forest products, finished industrial goods, and other products, while it imports capital goods, consumer goods, and raw industrial materials. The country currently has nine ports involved in sea trade. Yangon Port is the main gateway for Myanmar’s maritime trade. It includes the Yangon inner terminals and the outer Thilawa Port.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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During the public holidays, the Myanmar Port Authority and ports are providing non-stop operation services to ensure the smooth flow of cargo

During the public holidays, the Myanmar Ports Authority and ports are providing non-stop operations to ensure the smooth flow of cargo. Effectively prevent COVID-19 infections; Control During the nine-day public holiday from July 1 to 25, the Myanmar Ports Authority and ports will provide non-stop services to ensure the smooth operation of international trade and cargo flows, according to the Myanmar Ports Authority. In addition, the deployment of ships will take place on July 18 during the holidays. Delivery Order (DO) will be issued at the Agent Department on July 20 and 22, and if necessary, you can contact the relevant lines of the Agent Department.

To increase imports to meet domestic demand, a total of 37 container vessels will be added to each shipping line this month (July). According to data released by the Myanmar Ports Authority, it is planned to expand the services of various container carriers in order to increase open season exports and increase imports according to domestic demand. More international container and general cargo ships have arrived at Yangon ports since May, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo, according to the Myanmar Ports Authority. Yangon Port is under the supervision and management of the Myanmar Ports Authority. Due to the cooperation of shipping lines and importers, container vessels can be serviced in an average of three days in May 2021.

Shipments and cargo handling have risen since May, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo. In June, up to 40 container vessels entered the country. Maersk Line Myanmar (Sealand Maersk) has launched three new container vessels to meet the needs of maritime trade. The three new ships will have a capacity of 1,750 TEU 21,000 metric tons (9.5 meters in depth) and were built specifically for the Myanmar market. With the expansion of these new container vessels, there will be enough space & equipment for exports and shipments will not have to wait for a booking. The discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River has allowed international vessels to enter and leave the port of Thilawa, which has been allowed to raise the water limit. According to a statement from the Myanmar Ports Authority, 152 vessels over 30,000 tonnes entered Rangoon port and Thilawa port in the five months since the new dam was allowed to be extended due to the discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River.

Source: Daily Eleven

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More containers and general cargo ships have arrived at Yangon ports since May, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo

More international container and general cargo ships have arrived at Yangon ports since May, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo, according to the Myanmar Ports Authority. Yangon Port is under the supervision and management of the Myanmar Ports Authority. Due to the cooperation of shipping lines and importers, container vessels can be serviced in May 2021 with an average turnaround time of three days. Shipments and cargo handling have risen since May, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo. In June, up to 40 container vessels are scheduled to enter service.

Maersk Line Myanmar (Sealand Maersk) will launch three new container vessels to meet maritime trade needs. Maersk Line Myanmar will launch new vessels, the Maersk Norberg, Maersk Narvik and Maersk Nesna. Of the three ships, the Maersk Norberg will dock at MITT and MIP ports, and the Launching Ceremony was held on June 10, 2021 at MIP Port. The three new ships will have a capacity of 1,750 TEU 21,000 metric tons (9.5 meters in depth) and were built specifically for the Myanmar market. With the expansion of these new container vessels, there will be enough space & equipment for exports and shipments will not have to wait for a booking.

According to a statement from the Myanmar Ports Authority, 35 container vessels are scheduled to re-launch in June this year to increase exports during the open season and increase imports to meet domestic demand. Last May, only 24 container vessels were scheduled to arrive, but as of May 31, a total of 37 vessels had sailed, according to the Myanmar Port Authority. According to a statement from the Myanmar Ports Authority, 152 vessels over 30,000 tonnes entered Rangoon ports and Thilawa ports in the five months since the new waterway was allowed to be extended due to the discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Spikes in shipping rate pose hurdles for exporters during global pandemic

The shipping rates and the container cost are rocketing in maritime trade amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, posing the toughest hurdles for rice exporters, said U Than Oo, secretary of Bayintnaung Rice Wholesale Centre. The shipping rates and container cost dramatically surged by four to ten times higher than previous freight rates. The traders are financially not doing well with the purchase price from foreign trade partners for now. Consequently, they halt trading for a while. They cannot sell the rice at the prevailing market price, in terms of Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) and agreement.

They cannot bear the exorbitant freight rates when the ships are docked at the port. The spikes in shipping cost amid the pandemic-induced container shortage scaled down the imports as well. So, the arrivals of the container ships declined. It somehow hurt the export sector. When the traders hire the ships with competitive pricing, it pushed up the freight rates. They cannot make profit with high shipping costs. This being so, trading is suspended at the present time.

Additionally, container shortage problems also hinder trading under the Free on Board (FOB) agreement. The goods are stockpiled in the warehouse as the ships rarely arrive. As a result of this, rice shipment to the southeast Asian nations and European countries came to abrupt stop. Myanmar is constantly delivering rice and broken rice only to Bangladesh, according to Bayintnaung Rice Wholesale Centre. Moreover, limiting cash withdrawal from the banks is a contributing factor to the money transaction problem in rice trade. Earlier, about 80,000 bags of rice and broken rice were daily traded at the Bayintnaung Rice Wholesale Centre, whereas only 30,000 bags are traded for now. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Maersk Line Myanmar (Sealand Maersk) to launch three new container vessels to meet maritime trade needs

Maersk Line Myanmar (Sealand Maersk) will launch three new container vessels to meet maritime trade needs. Maersk Line Myanmar will launch new vessels, the Maersk Norberg, Maersk Narvik and Maersk Nesna. Of the three ships, the Maersk Norberg will dock at MITT and MIP ports, and the Launching Ceremony was held on June 10, 2021 at MIP Port. The three new ships will have a capacity of 1,750 TEU 2100 metric tons (9.5 meters). It was built specifically for the Myanmar market. With the expansion of these new container vessels, there will be enough space & equipment for exports and shipments will not have to wait for a booking.

According to the Myanmar Ports Authority, 35 container vessels are scheduled to enter the country in June to increase exports during the open season and increase imports to meet domestic demand. Last May, only 24 container vessels were scheduled to arrive, but as of May 31, a total of 37 vessels have been operated, according to the Myanmar Port Authority. International trade; Export Coordinating meetings were held to facilitate the import of goods and the flow of goods, to increase the access of container vessels and to address the need for containers for exports. At the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer; Myanma Port Authority has reported a drop in container arrivals at Yangon Port since the COVID-19 incident. The situation of increasing demand for container for export was discussed.

He also briefed on the current situation of daily port operations at various container ports. The shipping lines are also currently suspending / suspending some vessels. In May this year, a total of 24 container vessels are scheduled to be operated by shipping lines. Depending on the market demand, special flights will be provided. He explained the conditions for providing containers and refrigerators for exporters. The discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River has allowed international vessels to enter and leave the port of Thilawa, which has been allowed to increase the restriction on the tide. According to a statement from the Myanmar Ports Authority, 152 vessels over 30,000 tonnes entered Rangoon ports and Thilawa ports within five months of the new tide restrictions being extended due to the discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River.

Source: Daily Eleven

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In order to increase imports to meet the domestic demand, the number of container vessels added to shipping lines is increased from 24 to 37 this month

According to the Myanmar Ports Authority, the number of container vessels will increase from 24 to 37 in May, as the number of container vessels is expected to be extended in May to increase exports during the open season and increase imports to meet domestic demand. The number of ships arriving at Rangoon ports was low between February and March this year, and a total of 24 container vessels are scheduled to be launched by the shipping line in the last week of April. A total of 33 container vessels are scheduled to be shipped to Yangon port in May this year to ensure timely shipments, and special routes will be added to meet market demand, according to the Myanmar Port Authority.

A coordination meeting was held to facilitate the international trade, the import of goods and the flow of goods, to increase the number of container vessels and to meet the demand for containers for export. At the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer of Myanmar Port Authority has reported a drop in container arrivals at Yangon Port since the COVID-19 incident. He called on Myanmar to work together to increase the volume of shipping and reduce the need for container shipping in international trade, with the ongoing demand for containers in the global market, and especially in the Asian and Southeast Asian markets, the current demand for containers and refrigerated containers in Myanmar to ensure timely export and safe port operations as usual.

The Chief Executive Officer also briefed on the current situation of daily port operations at various container ports. The shipping lines are also currently suspending / suspending some vessels. In May this year, a total of 24 container vessels are scheduled to be operated by shipping lines. Depending on the market demand, special flights will be provided. He explained the conditions for providing containers and refrigerators for exporters. The discovery of a new waterway in the Yangon River has allowed international vessels to enter and leave the port of Thilawa, which has been allowed to raise the water limit. According to a statement from the Myanmar Ports Authority, 152 vessels over 30,000 tonnes entered Rangoon port and Thilawa port in the five months since the new dam was allowed to be extended due to the discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River.

Source: Daily Eleven

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The number of ships arriving at Yangon ports was low between February and March 2021, and a total of 24 container vessels are expected to be operated by particular shipping line in May

The number of ships arriving at Yangon ports was low between February and March this year, and a total of 24 container vessels are scheduled to be launch by each shipping line in May. A total of 24 container vessels are scheduled to be shipped to Yangon port in May this year to ensure timely shipments, and special routes will be added to meet market demand, according to the Myanmar Port Authority. In order to facilitate international trade, import and the flow of goods,  a coordination meeting was held to increase the number of container vessels to meet the demand for containers for export.

At the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer, Myanmar Port Authority has reported a drop in container arrivals at Yangon Port since the COVID-19 incident, rising demand for export containers, and called on Myanmar to work together to increase the volume of shipping and reduce the need for container shipping in international trade. The general manager of he Myanmar Ports Authority (MTA) has assessed the current demand for containers in the global market, especially in Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as the current demand for containers and refrigerated containers in order to ensure timely exports to Myanmar, and the safe operation of ports. 

The shipping lines are also currently suspending / suspending some vessels. A total of 24 container vessels are scheduled to be launched by May this year. In the five months since the discovery of the new waterway on the Yangon River, 152 ships carrying more than 30,000 tonnes entered the Yangon Inland Port and Thilawa Port. In the early of 2020, only 200 meter in width, 20,000 tons, with a draft of 6 meter and 167 meters long ships were allowed enter/ exit to Yangon Port, Thilawa Port Area and only 167 meter in width, 15,000-tonne vessels with a draft of 9 meters were allowed to enter / exit to port bridges in Yangon. During that period with the increased allowance of draft, a total of nine vessels over 9 meters draft entered the port area between July and November 2020 and three vessels carrying 15,000 to 30,000 tons of Frost Tonnage arrived and unloaded their cargo.

Source: Daily Eleven

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Myanmar’s container trucking industry suspended indefinitely

Myanmar’s container trucking industry has been suspended indefinitely, said the Myanmar Container Trucks Association. Vice chairman (1) of the association said that approximately 2,750 container transportation trucks have ceased operations since February 12 due to the disruption of port and banking services.

They have suspended operations indefinitely on February 12,2020. The trucks will still run and transport cargo deemed as essentials for the country and its people – such as medicine- but they have stopped running for other goods and materials. This is because the banks and ports are closed. People are worried that trucks would be vandalised and damaged by unscrupulous persons.

The truck drivers are also showing support for the people protesting. There is currently no issuance of delivery orders in the country as many of those involved in the logistics industry are currently participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement. Myanmar’s import and export industry have also stalled due to the weakening of the Kyat against the US dollar.

Source: Myanmar Times

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Yangon’s Thilawa Port to receive larger ships

The Myanmar Port Authority will permit larger ships with drafts of up 10 meters to call at the Thilawa Port in Yangon this month, according to its latest announcement. This is expected to enable more containerized cargo throughput at the port and encourage higher volumes of trade. About 95 percent of Myanmar’s trade is conducted by sea. In the last fiscal year, cargos worth over US$10.4 billion was exported and US$15.6 billion was imported via the maritime route.

Yangon’s two main ports, Thilawa and the Port of Yangon, are located along the Yangon river where container vessel sizes are restricted due to sandbars located along the navigation channel. Yangon port is located in downtown Yangon while Thilawa Port is located 16km further downstream. Thilawa Port, which has a draft of 10 meters, is able to handle vessels of up to 20,000 tonnes, or 2000 TEUs in capacity. Up until early this year, only vessels with drafts of up to nine meters were permitted to call at the port. Yangon Port has a draft of nine meters and can handle vessels of up to 15,000 tonnes, or 1500 TEUs.

The number of vessels to Yangon is expected to rise now that larger vessels will be permitted to call at Thilawa. According to an analysis by ocean consultancy Royal Haskoning, based on draft levels and hours of high tide, Thilawa Port can accommodate up to 4,380 annual vessel calls. With an annual vessel call of 2,483 in fiscal 2015-16, this implies that Port of Yangon volumes could be limited by channel capacit when the vessel calls increase. With an estimated maximum 4,380 calls and an average of 1,200 TEU exchange per call, the navigation channel can potentially accommodate up to 5.3 million TEU annually, according to Royal Haskoning.

Source: Myanmar Times

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20 containers of seafood stranded at Saudi port

Around 20 Myanmar containers with marine products are still stranded at Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port while the Saudi Arbia Food& Drug Authority (SFDA) makes arrangements to approve a list of Myanmar fisheries factories from where the products were processes, according to U Ye Min, a Central Executive Committee member of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.

The goods have been at the port since October 13, when Saudi Arbia seized around 30 unregistered containers loaded with US$80,000 worth of Myanmar fisheries products each. A total of ten containers have received cleared customs after the SFDA approved three of 19 factories which sought permission to sell their products in Saudi Arabia. There are still about 20 containers at Jeddah port which are not registered and approved by the SFDA yet.

This year, only Ywar Thar Gyi Cold Store, one of 19 cold storage factories from Myanmar which applied for registration, was approved by Saudi authorities. On October 15, the SFDA approved Twin Brothers Seafood Cold Storage, Mega Marine Frozen Seafood and Delta Queen International Co.

Source: Myanmar Times