Port of Yangon
Port Commerce

The Myanmar Port Authority (MPA) administers all coastal ports in the country, including the Port of Yangon. The MPA provides needed services for vessels that call on Myanmar ports. The Port of Yangon is Myanmar’s premier port, handling as much as 90% of the country’s foreign trade. The MPA has been a member of the International Association of Ports and Harbours since 1957, and it joined the ASEAN Port Association in 2005.

In 2006, the Port of Yangon handled a total of 12 million tons of cargo carried by 1310 vessel calls. Imported cargoes were 5.9 million tons, and exports were 6.1 million tons. In 2006, the Port of Yangon’s container services received 313 vessel calls and handled three million tons of cargo and 189.7 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. Imports amounted to 1.3 million tons and 93.9 thousand TEUs, while exports reached 1.7 million tons and 95.8 thousand TEUs. Non-containerized cargo was carried through the Port of Yangon on 997 vessels carrying 9.0 million tons of cargo, including 4.6 million tons of imports and 4.4 million tons of exports.

The Port of Yangon lies on the banks of the Yangon River about 32 kilometers inland from the Gulf of Martaban. Therefore, all vessels over 200 gross registered tons calling at the Port of Yangon must have pilotage. The Port of Yangon can receive vessels up to 15 thousand DWT and to 167 meters long with draft of nine meters. The Port of Thilawa can receive vessels to 20 thousand DWT and 200 meters in length.

MPA operates the following wharves. Hteedan Rice Berth is 139 meters long with a 6.7 thousand square meter shed, and it handles rice and rice products. Handling general cargoes, the Sule Pagoda Wharves are a total of 1.0 thousand meters long and contain 7 berths. They have 36.8 thousand square meters of yards and 67.5 thousand square meters of sheds. Handling general cargo, the Port Health Jetty is 91 meters long and has a 4.4 thousand square meter shed.

The Bo Aung Gyaw Wharves contain three berths with a total length of 457 meters, and they handle containers and general cargo. The Bo Aung Gyaw wharves also contain 60.7 thousand square meters of yards and 400 square meters of shed. The Bo Aung Gyaw Container Yard has capacity to store 2622 TEUs, including 1818 full TEUs, 750 empty TEUs, and 54 reefer TEUs.

The MPA also owns and operates two container depots. Botataung No. 1 Inland Container Depot has a yard area of 39.5 thousand square meters and has capacity for 4.4 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo, including 500 full, 3872 empty, and 15 reefer TEUs. Botataung No. 2 Inland Container Depot has a 66.6 thousand square meter yard and capacity to store 2822 TEUs of containerized cargo, including 1962 full, 800 empty, and 60 reefer TEUs.

Other operators in the Port of Yangon support the following wharves. Handling general cargo, Hteedan Berth is 180 meters long and has 21.7 thousand square meters of yards. The Ahlone Wharves handle containers and general cargo. With three berths at a total length of 614 meters, the Ahlone Wharves include 55.0 thousand square meters of yards and 6.1 thousand square meters of sheds. Ahlone Wharf No. 3 has capacity to store 4651 TEUs of containerized cargo.

Handling containers and general cargo at the Port of Yangon, the Myanmar Industrial Port Wharves are 310 meters long and contain 102.4 thousand square meters of yards and 6.1 thousand square meters of sheds. The Thaketa Wharves have two berths with a total length of 212.4 meters. Handling general and liquid cargoes, the Port of Yangon’s MIPL Wharf is 200 meters long and has 20 thousand square meters of yards and three thousand square meters of sheds. The MITT Wharves, handling containers and general cargo, are a total of 1000 meters long and contain 500 thousand square meters of yards and 20 thousand square meters of sheds.

Handling general cargo, coastal traffic, and passengers, the Port of Yangon’s Thaketa Wharves contain 16.3 thousand square meters of yards and 4.5 thousand square meters of sheds.

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