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Port Overview 

The port of Aunglan in the Magway Region consists of a gravel ramp for ferries located in the centre of Aunglan and a passenger mooring point close to it. At both locations there are no jetties or berths, vessels moor at the riverbank and use gangways for loading and unloading. Most cargo activity happens across the river at Thayet which can only be reached by ferry from Aunglan. The Ayeyawady Bridge (Thayet-Aunglan) is under construction in Thayet District Magway Region and connects Aunglan Town on the east bank of the river with Thayet Town on the west bank of the river. The bridge has a total length of 2,272.5 meter with 8.5-meter-wide road and a meter wide pedestrian path on both side of the bridge. Waterway clearance beneath the bridge was 130 meters wide and 16 meters high. The bridge is an steel frame arch type with AASHTO HS 25-44 loading capacity. The bridge is one of the important bridges that lie on the economic corridor road that connects Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone with Shweli (Ruili) passing through Thayet, Aunglan and Nay Pyi Taw.

In terms of cargo movement, this port mostly handles cement and construction materials, while food items and other general supplies are transported by road all year round. The port is also used for passenger vessels. The range of load capacity of the wooden boats operating in the area is between 25 to 100 MT. The port area is generally safe from risk of flash flood or other hazards. The port can be used as one of potential for emergency preparedness/response operation if the road network is inaccessible in case of a large-scale emergency such as earthquake and flooding in the area.

Due to the absence of lighting facility in the port area, cargo operations are strictly only during day time.  

The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS) is responsible for daily management of the port of Aunglan and Thayet,

 The cotton factory, a site with several warehouses (see Aunglan, storage), has an independent ramp with stairs for cargo ships about 1.8km South of the ferry ramp.

Key port information can also be found at:

Port Location and Contact Information



Province or District


Town or City

Aunglan (0 km)

Port's Complete Name

Aunglan Port

Latitude, Longitude

N19 22’ 12.1”, E95 12’ 41.7” (Ferry / cargo)

N19 22’ 14.3”, E95 12’ 42.1” (Passengers)

N19 21’ 13.4”, E95 12’ 39.8” (Cotton factory)

Managing Company or Port Authority

Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS), under the Ministry of Transport & Communications.

Located in Thayet, Aunglan is a subregion under the management of DWRIRS Region (4) Magway.

Management Contact Person

Mr. U Zaw Win Director, Region (4) Magway

Office Phone: + 95 063-23056, Hand Phone: +95 67 411428 / +95 9 444032614)

Email: /

Nearest Airport and Airlines

Naypyitaw airport (distance 203 km).


Port Picture

Ferry/cargo ramp

Ferry at Aunglan port.

Aunglan port, passengers boats     

Cotton factory ramp

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For transport of vehicles across the river there is one ferry that operates twice a day departing from Aunglan to Thayet (6:30am, 4:00pm) with maximum capacity of 8x 6-wheeler trucks, 1000 GRT. There are also several small boats operating in the area that transport passengers in and out of the area.  Shipping companies are mostly based in Thayet.

Port Performance 

Cargo handling statistics are not available. There is no container handling capacity on site. The channel draft in the dry season is approximately 2.2 meters (in Feb~April), and 3 meters during the rainy season (in May~Jan). In the dry season, the maximum draft allowed is 1.2m (4ft) while in the wet season a maximum draft of 1.8m (6ft). Maximum vessel size that are normally operating in the Ayeyarwaddy river are 60mx12m (200ftx40ft) using 200 HP engines.  

Distance Aunglan/ Thayet - Pyay: 67 km (downstream).

Aunglan/ Thayet - Magway: 104 km (upstream)

Aunglan/ Thayet – Chauk: 278 km (upstream)

Aunglan/ Thayet – Nyaung-U: 315 km (upstream)

Aunglan/ Thayet – Pakokku: 340 km (upstream)

Aunglan/ Thayet – Mandalay: 955 km (upstream)


Dry Season


Mid-Nov to mid-May, shallow draft. Boats take 50% cargo depending on the channel draft.

Major Import Campaigns




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 Twantay, Nyaungdong, Pyay, Magway, Mandalay and Kathar.

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth



6m / 20ft

1.2m / 4ft

wet season
dry season

Container Berth


Silo Berth


Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

1 berth

Exports - Bagged Cargo

1 berth (same)

Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

There is no port handling equipment, manual only.

Container Facilities 

No container facilities.

Customs Guidance

No customs office is available.

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal 


Grain and Bulk Handling 


Main Storage Terminal 

None. Normally direct transhipment to and from trucks.


All loading and offloading processes are done manually. The labourers are contracted by the local businesses carrying the cargo and rate can be changed from time to time. Current labour rates are as follows.

  • 2000 MMK/MT for break bulk cargo.
  • 4000-6000 MMK/day for unskilled labour (only loading and offloading).
  • 8000-12000 MMK/day for skilled labour. (includes record keeping, tally counting and managing stack)

 Cargo can be moved by truck only. There is no connection to the railway and there is no local airport available. The common types of trucks operating in the area are 6-wheeler (10 MT capacity) and 12-wheeler (18 MT capacity).

Hinterland Information 

Cargo can be moved by truck only. There is no connection to the railway and there is no local airport available.

Port Security 

None. The port is not fenced and there is no inspection check point and weighbridge nearby.

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