The port of Magway consists of a passenger boat ramp located in the centre of Magway and a general cargo mooring point close to it. The port of Minbu is on the opposite side of the river from Magway and consists of two mooring points accessible by truck, once for general cargo and one mostly used for fuel. At both ports there are no jetties or berths, vessels moor at the river bank and use gangways for loading and unloading. The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS) in Magway is responsible for daily management of the port of Magway and Minbu. Depending on the water level and mooring space for cargo shipments, the port of Minbu is more often used in the dry season and the port of Magway is more used in the wet season.
Port website: n/a
Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
PORT LOCATION & CONTACT
Province or District:
Town or City:
(Nearest location with distance from port)
Magway / Minbu
Distance (0 km)
Port's Complete Name:
Magway port and Minbu port
Magway: N20 09’ 28.5”, E94 54’ 59.7”
Minbu: N20 09’ 00.1”, E94 53’ 29.1”
Managing Company or Port Authority:
(If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS), under the Ministry of Transport & Communications.
N20 08’ 19.8”, E94 55’ 27.8”
Management Contact Person:
Mr. U Zaw Lwin (Ph+95 67 411428 /
Nearest Airport and Airlines:
(Airlines with frequent international arrivals/departures)
Magway Airport (distance 10km).) Not in use for civilian aircraft. Naypyitaw airport (distance 190 km).
Cargo port Magway
Passenger port Magway
Cargo port Minbu
Fuel port Minbu
In Magway vessel owners have organised themselves in a committee. There are five owners that have 2 or more vessels. The vessels are 1500 GRT capacity, while in the dry season they have max 800 MT capacity because the draft has to be reduced.
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.
Port performance in 2015 was approximately 36 vessels visit per day, average 1,070 vessels per month. About 482,423 MT of cargo per month, mostly rice, pulses, oil, crude oil, construction materials (cement, iron bars).
The minimum draft of the channel from Pyay to Magway and Magway to Pakokku is 10.6m (35ft) in the wet season and in the dry season, minimum 1.8m (6ft) in two places. 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 (downstream).
Magway - Aug Lang / Tha yat: 109 km (downstream)
Distance Magway-Nyaung-U: 152 km.(upstream)
Magway-Chauk: 115 km (upstream)
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 2015
Container Traffic: (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
Break bulk (MT)
*) Source DWRIRS MGW Tollgate, April 2015 to March 2016
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. The Sanitory Dept. under Regional government charges a docking charge per vessel per visit; this responsibility is planned to be handed over to the DWRIRS.
Type of Berth
6m / 20ft
2m / 6ft
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
1 berth (same)
Imports and Exports - RoRo
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.
None. Normally direct transhipment to and from trucks.
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
All loading and offloading is manual. Daily workers are arranged through the Labour exchange office.
Cargo can be moved by truck only. There is no connection to the railway and Magway airport is not in use.
None. The port is not fenced
(Yes / No)
Current ISPS Level
Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional