The port of Pyay consists of two locations in the centre of Pyay, one mooring point used for general cargo and one used for passengers, close together. There are no jetties or berths, vessels moor at the river bank and use gangways for loading and unloading. The Inland Waterways and Transport department IWD is responsible management of the port of Pyay, but they stopped monitoring port operations since July 2013. Since this time there has been no registration anymore of the number of vessel calls and quantity of cargo handled.
The cargo port is in the centre of Pyay and can be accessed by maximum capacity 8 MT 6-wheeler trucks only.
Port website: n/a
Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
PORT LOCATION & CONTACT
Province or District:
(West) Bago region
Town or City:
(Nearest location with distance from port)
Distance (0 km)
Port's Complete Name:
N18 49’ 07.4”, E95 12’ 49.5” (Cargo)
N18 49’ 16.1”, E95 12’ 45.8” (Passengers)
Managing Company or Port Authority:
(If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Inland Water Transport.
Pyay District office
N18 49’ 04.2”, E95 12’ 50.4”
Management Contact Person:
U Soe Thein. District Manager. Phone: 053-24503 / 09-783382788.
Nearest Airport and Airlines:
(Airlines with frequent international arrivals/departures)
Pyay airport is not in use. Nearest airport is Yangon International, 270 km distance or Naypyitaw International, 300 km distance.
Pyay Cargo port
Pyay cargo port access
Pyay passenger ramp
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
There are only a limited number of cargo shipping companies operating in Pyay, mostly for construction materials, and they are all based in Yangon. No detailed information available.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List here.
Since 2013 no statistics have been kept on the port performance. The main reason is that the Yangon-Pyay road has been improved and most cargo transport has shifted to trucks.
The minimum draft of the channel from Yangon to Pyay is up to 10.6m (35ft) in the wet season and minimum 1.2m (4ft) in the dry season. During dry season there is a restriction on the maximum amount of cargo allowed due to the shallow draft of the river. There is enough mooring space, there are no bottle necks. No handling equipment is available, loading and unloading takes place with manual labour.
Distance Pyay-Magway: 180 km (11hrs downstream, 19hrs upstream).
Pyay-Yangon: 421 km (26.5 hrs downstream, 44 hrs upstream) via Twante canal.
To go from Yangon to Pay there are two options. Option 1 is via Twante canal (124 km length) at Twantay city. Twante canal is preferred by Inland Water Transport. Option 2 via the Hlaing river (98km length) at Nyaungdon city is 26km (1.5 hr/3 hrs) shorter. The Hlaing river is preferred by the private sector, but is more difficult to navigate due to narrow sections with many bends.
Yes / No
From Mid-Nov to mid-May
Mid-Nov to mid-May, shallow draft. Boats take 50% cargo depending on the channel draft.
Major Import Campaigns
HANDLING FIGURES for 2015
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2015
Break bulk (MT)
*) Handling figures are estimates.
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Ships are charged a standard fee for use of the waterway by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS), under the Ministry of Transport & Communications. DWRIRS charges 0.20 Kyat/MT capacity/mile, per trip (rate as of Jun 2016). This is charged at the river stations Twante, Nyaungdong, Pyay, Magway, Mandalay and Kathar.
Type of Berth
2m / 6ft
1.2m / 4ft
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
1 berth (same)
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
There is no port handling equipment, manual only.
(Yes / No)
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
No container facilities.
No customs office is available.
Grain and Bulk Handling
Main Storage Terminal
None. Normally direct transhipment to and from trucks.
Number of Storage Facilities
All loading and offloading is manual. Daily workers are arranged through the Labour exchange office.
Cargo can be moved by truck only. Because the port is inside town, only small trucks can be used to load cargo: 6-wheeler, 8 MT capacity maximum.
None. The port is not fenced
Current ISPS Level