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: The Global New Light of Myanmar