The port of of Kalewa consists of a passenger boat ramp located in the center of Kalewa and a general cargo facility located East at the fork of the Chindwin river and the Myitthar river. There are no jetties or berths, vessels moor at the riverbank and use gangways.
Kalewa port is relatively busy with the transport of construction materials and functions as a hub between Monywa, Hommalin, Khamti, Kale, and Tamu. The Myitthar river between Kalewa and Kale is only accessible for 100 MT capacity boats during rainy season (Mid- June to Mid-Nov) as the maximum channel draft in the dry season is only 0.61m (2 ft). There is no port in Kale and boats moor at the riverbank and use gangways for loading and unloading. Since Kalewa and Kale is only 40 km apart and the road network is accessible all year round, general cargo is mainly transported by road from Kalewa to Kale, Tamu, and northern Chin State.
The average draft of the channel from Kalewa to Khanti is 6m deep (20ft) in the wet season and in the dry season it significantly drops to 0.75m (2.5ft). There is enough mooring space and there are no bottle necks. No handling equipment is available, loading and unloading with manual labour. During dry season there is a restriction on the maximum amount of cargo allowed due to the shallow draft of the river. Below is the restriction on the max channel draft in Chindwin river during dry season (15 Nov to 15 May) as stated by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS);
- Monywa to Kalewa = 1m (3.3 ft)
- Kalewa to Hommalin = 0.91m (3 ft)
- Hommalin to Khamti = 0.76m (2.5 ft)
Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
PORT LOCATION & CONTACT
Province or District
Town or City
Kalewa (0.5 km)
Port's Complete Name
Managing Company or Port Authority
Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS), under the Ministry of Transport & Communications. While daily management is sub-contracted to a private company.
Management Contact Person
Mr. Moe Zaw (Ph+95-9-400545544)
Nearest Airport and Airlines
Kale Airport (distance 40km). (Myanmar national airline, Air KBZ)
Kalewa port overview
Passenger port Kalewa
Cargo port Kalewa
Cargo port Kalewa
Cargo port manual labor, Kalewa
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Most vessels are operated by individual vessel owners. One of the main operators at Kalewa for general cargo is U Win Aung of the Kyaw Kyaw Win Line in Minkin, Kalewa (phone number: +95-9-2007910). He owns 3 vessels (200’x50’x draft 8’ with 1000 Mt capacity), (180’x 35’x draft 7’ with 500 Mt capacity) and (145’x15’x draft 4.5’ with 100 Mt capacity).
Port performance in 2019 was approximately 25 vessels visit per day, averaging around 700 vessels per month. About 1,800 MT of cargo per month, mostly construction materials (cement, iron, corrugated sheets, food). However, since port management was sub-contracted, there are no exact statistics maintained on the volume of cargo and port calls.
Mid-Nov to May, shallow draft. Boats take 50% cargo depending on the channel draft.
Major Import Campaigns
HANDLING FIGURES 2019
Container Traffic: (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
Break bulk (MT)
*Handling figures are estimates.
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
The below are vessel docking charges MMK per vessel per visit period, charged by a private company under supervision of Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS).
|Below 20 HP engine||200 MMK (small boat), 400 MMK (below 30 ft length of boat) 600 MMK (between 30~50 ft length of boat)|
|More than 20 HP Engine||700 MMK (20~ 30 MT capacity), 1200 MMK (30~40 MT capacity)|
|Big Vessel (40 and over HP Engine)||1,500 MMK (40~60 MT capacity), 2,000 MMK (60~80 capacity), 2,500 MMK (80~100 MT capacity), 4,500 MMK (100~200 MT capacity), 5,500 MMK (more than 200 MT capacity)|
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. This is charged at the river stations Twantay, Nyaungdong, Pyay, Magway, Mandalay and Kathar and for the Chindwin river at Monywa and Kalewa.
Type of Berth
Less in dry season
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
2 berths (same)
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
No container facilities.
No customs office is available.
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 arranged through the labour exchange office.
- The daily labour rate is 2,000 MMK/MT for unskilled labour. (only loading and offloading)
- Daily casual rate is 5000-8,000 MMK/day for unskilled labour
- 8,000-12,000 MMK/day for skilled labour. (includes record keeping, tally counting and managing stack).
Cargo can be moved by truck to Kale and Tamu.
None. The port is not fenced