Yangon’s growing trade demands deeper port to ease logistics woes

According the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) report, it called for the establishment of a deep-sea port together with a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at the delta region.

The deep-sea port will be located in the area where Yangon River meets the Gulf of Martaban, and it has been of intense interest among investors based in the country’s only Thilawa SEZ. Thilawa SEZ covers Kyauktan and Thanlyin townships, 25 kilometres south of Yangon city and situated on the east side of Yangon River. The other two SEZs, in Kyaukphyu and Dawei, are still at the planning stage.

Yangon River has a depth of 9 metres, allowing vessels of more than 1,000 TEUs, whereas the delta region has a depth of 10 metres with a potential capacity for 2,000 TEU vessels. The latter is still significantly shallower than other deep-sea ports in the region, with some catering for 5,000 or even more than 10,000 TEUs. At present, the country has no deep-sea ports. However, there are plans to build one in Kyaukphyu, Pathein and Dawei.

(MM Times)