Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung inspected the construction process of a fixed pilot station, located 20 miles from the mouth of Yangon River to the sea, on 30 September.
During the visit, the Union Minister and heads of departments, followed by Managing Director (Myanmar Branch) from China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd, and officials checked the situation of waterline of the Yangon River, forming sandbanks at the mouth of Yangon River, and the construction progress of harbors in Thilawa Port and of the fixed pilot station, with the Union Minister giving necessary instructions.
Two pilot vessels will be anchored at the pilot station located 20 miles from the mouth of Yangon River, according to the ministry.
He said marine pilots will be stationed at these pilot vessels and are tasked with driving moored ships to Yangon Port.
When the weather is bad, pilot vessels have to move to a safe place, they are unable to get enough rest, there is an increase vessel maintenance costs and a decline in security, consequently increasing the number of vessels in traffic and of staffs, meaning more space is required for a smooth operation, said the union minister.
He added that the pilots and staff will be able to successfully perform their duties after the pilot station is completed.
During the inspection, the Union Minister expressed his thanks to China Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd for their high-quality construction service, and he instructed that the construction need to be completed within the designated period.
The total value of the project is USD 20.9 million and it includes constructions of one three-story concrete-iron building (33.2mx30.4m), a harbor large enough for a GRT1500-sized vessel, a generator, a water treatment plant, a wastewater treatment plant, marine communication equipment, radar machinery and 3 pilot boats. The pilot station will accommodate 36 staff and the current construction is already 65 per cent completed.