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Port Overview

The port of Magway and Minbu are connected through the Magway Irrawaddy bridge. The port of Magway consists of a passenger boat ramp located in the center 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 three mooring points accessible by truck, one for general cargo and the another two 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. There is no congestion and no bottlenecks (no waiting time to dock). 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 (Nov to May) and the port of Magway can be used only in the wet season (June to Oct).

Key port information can also be found at:





Province or District


Town or City

Magway / Minbu (0 km)

Port's Complete Name:

Magway Port and Minbu Port

Latitude, Longitude:

Magway: 20.157917, 94.916583

Latitude, Longitude:

Minbu: 20.150028, 94.891417

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.

20.138833, 94.924389

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:

(Airlines with frequent international arrivals/departures)

Magway Airport (10 km)

Myanmar National Airways


Port Picture

Cargo port Magway

Passenger port Magway

Cargo port Minbu

 Fuel port Minbu

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

In Magway vessel owners have organized 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 of the draft situation as water recedes. For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Myanmar Port and Waterways Company Contact List.

Port Performance

Port performance in 2019 was approximately 20 vessels visit per day, average 600 vessels per month. About 47,500 MT of cargo per month, mostly fuel, rice, pulses, oil, crude oil, construction materials (cement, iron bars). There is no container handling capacity.

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 1.5m (5ft) in four 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 and no bottlenecks reported. 2 mobile cranes with Max 5MT capacity are available for hire, however, loading and unloading are normally 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)Magway – Nyaung-U: 211 km (upstream)

Magway – Pakokku: 236 km (upstream)Magway - Mandalay: 451 km (upstream)


Dry Season


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

Major Import Campaigns





Vessel Calls:


Container Traffic: (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2019

Bulk (MT)

570,000 MT

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.

Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth



6m / 20ft

2m / 6ft

wet season

dry season

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 are normally performed manually. Daily workers are normally arranged by the cargo owners with prior arrangement butrate can change from time to time.

  • Current labour rate is 2,000 MMK/MT for unskilled labour (only loading and offloading)
  • 5,000-7,000 MMK/day for unskilled labour
  • 8,000-12,000 MMK/day for skilled labour ((includes record keeping, tally counting and managing stack).

Hinterland Information

Cargo can be moved by truck only. There is no connection to the railway and Magway airport is not handling cargo.

Port Security

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

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