A sand dredging operation for Yangon River waterway is underway spending US$1.6 million, according to Myanmar Port Authority.
The sand dredging operation is aimed at making the river deep enough for container ships to enter Yangon River. The project kicked off on 10 March, said U Aung Kyaw Htoo of the Authority, adding that the operation is slated for completion in 15 days.
According to sources, Boskalis, a Danish company, is carrying out the operation to dredge at least 1.8 water miles at 100 metres in width and five metres in depth.
Upon completion, time and cost can be saved as cargo ships will be able to enter Yangon River without waiting for high tide, added U Aung Kyaw Htoo.
According to the official, only cargo vessels with a capacity of 150,000 tonnes and draught of nine metres are being allowed to use the Yangon River waterway which is narrow with tight turns and fast moving water.
The waterway can be used by large cargo ships for 20 days a month following the dredging operation, said Deputy General Manager U Zaw Tun Lwin, adding that the container ships can travel for only travel for nine days at the moment.
According to sources, 1,868 cargo ships moored at Yangon port until this February while receiving 2002 over the 2014-2015 FY.