53 container vessels slated to arrive at Yangon port in July

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Container vessels are seen at Yangon Port along the Yangon River.

A total of 53 container vessels are scheduled to call in July at Yangon Port, according to the Myanma Port Authority.
In July, nine container vessels run by Sealand Maersk Asia, seven by Samudera Shipping Line, six by RCL Line, five by New Golden Sea (COSCO), four each by MSC Line, ONE line and SITC line and one by BLPL Line are slated to dock at the Yangon Port.
This year, 52 container vessels each in January and February, 55 in March, 50 in April, 56 in May and 57 in June arrived at Yangon Port.
Yangon Port handled 620 container vessels this 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.
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-m L.O.A, 35.25-m beam, 29.32 GRT and 2,698 TEU) Hong-Kong based SITC Shipping Line docked at Asia World Port Terminal for the first time on 22 June.
That vessel 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 (Sea Land 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, the larger ocean liners can enter the Thilawa Port.
The coast of Myanmar is 2,228 kilometers (1,260 nautical miles) including Rakhine coastline (713 kilometers), delta region (437 kilometers) and Taninthayi coastline (1,078 kilometers), stretching from northern Bangladesh’s border to southern Thailand’s border area.
There are 10 sea ports along the coastline, including Yangon Port, Thilawa deep sea port, Kyaukpyu deep sea Port, Sittway Port, Thandwe Port, Pathein Port, Mawlamyine Port, Dawei deep sea port, Myeik Port and Kawthoung Port.
Seaborne trade accounts for 75 per cent of foreign trade. However, international ports of Yangon including Thilawa terminals are the only international port and the remaining ports in eight cities are designated for the domestic way only. — NN/EM

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