Forty-nine container vessels slated to call in Jan

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Containers being loaded aboard container vessel at international port of Yangon. Photo : Kanu

A total of 49 container vessels are scheduled to dock at the Yangon Port in January 2024, according to the Myanma Port Authority.
In January, seven container vessels each run by Samudera Shipping Line and Sealand Maersk Asia, six by COSCO Shipping Line, five by SITC Line, four each by MSC Line, CMA CGM Line and Ti2 Container Line, three each by ONE Line and RCL Line, two each by Evergreen Line and BLPL Shipping Line, one each by BAY Line and IAI Shipping Line are slated to enter the Yangon Port.
This year, 52 container vessels each in January and February, 55 in March, 50 in April, 56 in May, 57 in June, 53 in July, 54 in August, 53 in September, 49 in October, 50 in November, and 49 in December arrived at Yangon Port, totalling 629 container vessels.
Yangon Port handled a total of 620 container vessels last 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 2022.
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-metre length overall-LOA, 35.25-metre Beam, 29,232 Gross Register Tonnage-GRT and 2,698 twenty-foot equivalent unit-TEU) Hong-Kong based SITC Shipping Line docked at Asia World Port Terminal for the first time on 22 June, which 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 (SeaLand 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, so the larger ocean liners could enter the Thilawa Port. — NN/EM

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