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October 16, 2019

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MR starts container train from MITT Port to Bago Yayni station

Image result for container train MyanmarA train with container coaches started operating from 3 October between the Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa (MITT) Port in Thilawa, Thanlyin Township and Yayni station in Yedashe Township, Bago Region, according to Myanma Railways (MR).

The container train started operations under a contract between MR and Best Eternity Recycle Pulp and Paper Co Ltd. The distance between the MITT jetty and Yayni station is 215.75 miles. The container train has 27 coaches, and shipment from the MITT Port near Thilawa station is loaded directly onto the container coaches. The train has a 200-horsepower engine. Each car can accommodate a load of 1,400 tons, according to MR.

Recently, two dry ports were opened on MR-owned land at Ywarthargi in Dagon East Township in order to transport containers by train between Yangon and Mandalay. The two dry ports were constructed on MR land by KM Terminal and Logistics Limited and Resource Group Logistics Co Ltd under a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) agreement. Each dry port was constructed on a 40-acre plot of land. Construction began on October, 2017 and the ports were opened on 11 November, 2018.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

Thailand and Myanmar Agree to Push Ahead With Dawei Special Economic Zone

Related imageMyanmar and Thailand have published their nine-point agreement to push through the implementation of the long-delayed US$8-billion (12.23-trillion-kyat) Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region, which is set to be Southeast Asia’s largest industrial complex.

The agreement included plans for a two-lane highway to the Htee Kee border through Myittar to enable the site’s construction. Both sides decided to invite third-party investment for the final implementation of the SEZ and to supply the electricity. The Union Parliament in March 2018 approved a 4.5-billion baht (US$137-million or 220.5-billion-kyat) low-interest loan from Thailand’s Neighboring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA) for the highway. The ground construction work is expected to begin in 2020.

Italian-Thai Development PCL (ITD) was initially granted a 75-year concession to develop and attract investment in 2008 with completion due in 2015. Financial constraints saw ITD withdraw in 2013 but two years later both countries agreed to allow ITD and other companies to develop a site of up to 27 square kilometers. The initial phase, including an industrial estate, power plants, a small port and an LNG terminal, was granted to a consortium led by ITD in March 2016.

Source: the Irrawaddy

RTAD to issue Form D slips for old modified vehicles; allow owners to replace them

Image result for old vehicles YangonThe Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD), under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, will release some announcements beginning 1 October with respect to a permanent ban on vehicle modifications and issuance of Form D slips to owners of modified vehicles so they can import vehicles in place of the old, de-registered vehicles, according to the director of RTAD.

Vehicle modification is not allowed under the vehicle law. Modification refers to changing the body of vehicles which are to be registered. Under the law, requests for registering such vehicles are rejected. Severe actions include de-registration and cancellation of number plates of modified vehicles.

The department has already asked the vehicle owners to get in touch with it. If modified vehicles are found, Form D slips will be issued after de-registration. According to official statistics from the RTAD, the department has found 362 modified vehicles. Currently, more than 1.09 million vehicles are registered across the country, and over 540,000, or half of them are registered in Yangon.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

IBTT opens bulk terminal to provide port services

A bulk terminal at Thilawa Special Economic Zone in southern Yangon was opened on 7th September offering the handling of the bulk cargoes (grain, feed, Agri inputs, construction materials and other any possible bulk cargoes) in Thilawa port area. The International Bulk Terminal (Thilawa) (IBTT) is a joint venture between Lluvia Limited (joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation and Capital Diamond Star Group CDSG), Kamigumi Co Ltd and JOIN Corporation, and provides services for cargo handling such as stevedoring, loading, discharging, storage, bagging, and fumigation for the handling cargoes.

IBTT will aim to serve the Development of Myanmar’s food industry by providing 24/7 services. It has a jetty 230 meters in length, 25 metres in width, with a 11-metre draft, which has a IBTT opens bulk terminal to provide port services designed capacity to accommodate vessels up to 200 metres LOA and 60,000 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage). For storage, IBTT boasts a silo capacity of total 40,000 Metric Ton, and a 5,400 square metre warehouse (which roughly equates to about 20,000 Metric Ton for feed material. Soya Bean Meal).

IBTT, which has started operation in May this year, has already completed the discharging of three wheat flour vessels of 20,000-25,000 Metric Ton, with total volume of 70,000 Metric Ton. The discharge of each of these vessels completed within less than 5 days of operation. IBTT is planning to handle more varieties of bulk cargoes with efficient and higher quality services, to contribute towards Myanmar’s economic growth.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

New locomotive factory being built as part of Yangon Circular Railway upgrade

Image result for yangon central railway stationAs part of the upgrade of the Yangon Circular Railway, a new locomotive factory is being constructed near the Insein locomotive factory, said U Maung Maung Thwin, the general manager of the Civil Engineering Department. Currently, the only  factory in Insein has 11 railways. The coaches ply daily for 200 rounds.

The upgrade of the Yangon Circular railway is being conducted in three phases. In the first phase will be repair of railways, drains, bridges, platforms, and interchanges. In the second phase will be upgraded level crossings, and finally, traffic lights and indicator points. A total of 37 coaches are being serviced daily at current factory. Once the new factory is completed, it will increase to 98 coaches, all equipped with air-con, replacing the old ones.

The upgrade of the infrastructure of the Yangon circular railway is expected to be completed in May, 2020. The upgrade of the indicator points will take two years. The entire project for upgrading the circular railways will be completed in 2022.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

YRTA: 300 of 500 planned bus stops installed in Zone 1, Yangon

Image result for Bus stop in YangonThe installation of 300 bus stops out of the targeted 500 in the Zone 1 has been completed, said U Hla Aung, the joint secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA). For the project, Yangon has been divided into three zones. The Zone 1 includes six downtown townships and Kamayut, Hline, Mayangon, Yankin, South Okkalapa, and Thingyangyun townships.

The FMI Decaux Company, which won the bid for the project, has been commissioned to install 500 bus stops in the townships, of which, 300 have been constructed, according to the Yangon City Development Committee. The Zone 2 includes Hlinethaya, Shwepyitha, Insein, Mingaladon, and North Okkalapa townships. The Ganad Company, which succeeded in the bidding for the project, will install 258 bus stops in the townships. The project at Hlinethaya Township has begun.

The Zone 3 includes East Dagon, Dagon Seikkan, Dawbon, Thakayta, South Dagon, and North Dagon townships. A total of 409 bus stops will be set up in the zone by the Zenith company. There are about 1,850 bus stops across commercial hub Yangon. The YCDC will construct the remaining bus stops.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar  

Brand new cars popular despite high demand for right-hand drive vehicles

Related imageWhile brand new cars sold under installment plans are popular among buyers, the demand for right-hand drive vehicles is still high and they are commanding good prices in the market. According to the market, car dealers are hoping for the implementation of the Yangon Vehicle Quota Certificate (YVQC) system, which was been discussed by the vehicle import supervisory committee and forwarded to the authorities.

Sales of right-hand drive cars have remained high amid news of the YVQC, with prices ranging from K 20-68 million, depending on the model year. Vehicles assembled locally under the SKD system and sold under installment plans are ranking second in terms of trade. According to the automobile market, the price of second-hand cars with right-hand drive vehicles shot up in late 2018 after the authorities announced plans to implement a new car import policy in 2019, under which, imports of right-hand vehicles would be barred.

At present, the market for new cars is also booming, with buyers showing some interest in vehicles assembled locally under the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) and Semi-Knocked Down (SKD) systems. Eighteen companies have been permitted to assemble cars locally so far.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

Gote Twin Bridge likely to open today

Image result for the Gote Twin Bridge MyanmarA temporary Bailey bridge to replace the Gote Twin Bridge, which was blown up by armed groups on 15 August, is expected to be commissioned into service on 20 August.

After a load test, trucks and vans weighing less than 36 tons will be allowed on the bridge from 20 August, according to the Ministry of Construction. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Linn inspected the construction of the triple truss, single story, two-laned, 210-feet Bailey bridge on 18 August. The Ministry of Construction and Shan State Government decided to construct the Bailey bridge after the Gote Twin Bridge was damaged in a recent explosion.

Over 5,000 vehicles passed through the Gote Twin Bridge, carrying commodities worth US$15 million every day between Myanmar and China. The bridge is the major bridge on the Mandalay-Muse-Lashio Road which is the main trade route to China.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

Myanma Shipyards to build six vessels during next half

Image result for myanma shipyardsThe Myanma Shipyards-AMECC Joint Venture Co Ltd, between Myanma Shipyards and Vietnam’s Dong A Shipping Industry, will build six vessels and repair 10 in the six months from October 1 to March 31. All offers for the next shipbuilding projects are from local private owners in Myanmar. Ship vessels are built according to the criteria of the Classification Societies (ClassNK)

The six vessels to be built in next six months are four 30-metre fishing trawlers, one 36-passenger vessel, and one 70m oil barge. The company is building the four trawlers starting this year under eight-month contracts. The company is also repairing two passenger vessels, two oil tankers, one offshore utility vessel, one buoy-laying vessel, two steel yachts, one recreation river vessel, and an oil barge. It is also repairing four cruise ships, two 25-metre harbour tugs, one offshore accommodation barge, and a recreation river vessel.

The joint venture delivered a US$2.2-million multi-functional buoy-handling vessel, the “BH-101,” to the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems on July 27. The Joint Venture was signed in 2015, and it started operations that October. Its name was changed to Myanma Shipyards-AMECC Joint Venture Co Ltd to build and repair commercial vessels in 2017. The company has built 38 vessels in four years.

Source: Myanmar Times

Surveys begin for elevated train in Yangon

Related imageRight-of-way surveys for a sky-train system in Yangon have started, said Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe. U Maung Maung Soe made the announcement during a press conference at Yangon City Hall on Monday to brief the media about the project.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications, the implementation agency, will survey the land required for the project, which is being carried out with assistance and funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and will inform the Yangon City Development Committee of the results. Besides the surveys, studies will also be conducted on the socio-economic effects that the project may have. Compensation for land or buildings that may have to be appropriated for the project will be based on market prices.

The proposed route for the sky train will pass through Hlaing Tharyar, Mayangone, South Okkalapa and Yankin townships. Starting from Hlaing Tharyar railway station in western Yangon, the proposed route will cross the Hlaing River and stop at Parami station in eastern Yangon. The 18-kilometre sky train will include 13 stations and is projected to be completed by 2027.

Source: Myanmar Times 

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