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Maritime Database

Port Overview

Mawlamyine port is situated on the Thanlwin River about 28 nautical miles inland from the Kyaikkhame point on the Gulf of Martaban. Pilot service is compulsory for vessels over 200 GRT. Navigation has to be timed with high tide to cross the shallow water near the Hiintha Kyun Island.

There are five pontoon jetties of 36m to 72m length by 6m wide (120 to 240ft by 20ft) and two concrete wharfs of 36m by 6m. No container handling capacity is available. There is general cargo handling capacity for paddy, rice, and general cargo. The tidal range is about 4.2m at spring tide and 2.4m at neap tide. Velocity of the Thanlwin River is 4-6 knots at spring. 

Port Location and Contacts



Province or District


Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name : Mawlamyine

km: 0 km

Port's Complete Name

Port of Mawlamyine





Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Mawlamyine Port Authority

Management Contact Person

U Thar Win, District Port Officer, Mawlamyine

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: Mawlamyine airport

Airlines: domestic flights by Myanma airlines

Port Picture


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

4.4 Myanmar Port and Waterways Company Contact List

There are no key companies responsible for stevedoring, freight forwarding or cargo handling. The Dawei Port Authority, The Customs department and the Township Labour Exchange Office for daily labourers are the main organisations.

There is a separate jetty for fuel, which is managed by Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE).

Port Performance

The Mawlamyine port is accessible to vessels of 70m LOA, GRT 2000, 4.5m draft. Halfway anchorage is accessible to vessels of 100m LOA, GRT 7000 and 6.5m draft.

Port performance in 2013:

Import: no. of vessels 203, Fuel 19,904+5,344 MT, general cargo 1,588 MT.

Export: no of vessels 201, stones 122,818 MT, cement 77,901 MT, Sand 5,940 MT, Fuel 437 MT, General cargo 1,202 MT.

No congestion issues. Average waiting time between arrival and berthing is 2-3 hours.

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

From <month> to <month>

Rainy Season



Major Import Campaigns






Handling Figures

Year 2013

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2013

Break bulk import (MT)


Break bulk export (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Not applicable.

Fuel is offloaded by Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE), pumped from the vessel to storage tanks at the berth of MPPE. (N 16 26.204, E 97 36.743)

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth


36x 6m




 36x 6m




 72x 6m


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

There is no advanced port handling equipment available. Cargo handling is done by workers of the Township Labour Exchange Office.

Container Facilities

No container handling facilities available.

Customs Guidance

A customs office and customs officers are available, operating within normal office hours. Customs clearance time depends on the type of cargo, it normally takes about 1 day.

1.3 Myanmar Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Not available

Grain and Bulk Handling

No facility for handling bulk and gains. No bagging facilities.

Main Storage Terminal

Two warehouses that used to belong to the port authority, were privatised, only one can be available. This can be used for general cargo. Available warehouse size: 13.7x25.9m (45 x 85ft) plus 27.4x7m (90x23ft).

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo



Refrigerated Cargo



General Cargo


546 sq.m.


No stevedoring companies are available. Cargo handling is done by workers of the Township Labour Exchange Office, which is controlled by the ministry of Labour. Capacity is about 80-100 laborers.

Same daily labour rates as in Yangon between 4000-6000 MMK/day, but it depends on the cargo, for rice it is calculated by weight, 150 MMK per 50kg bag.

Hinterland Information

Thanawin and Gyaing river are navigable for boats and barges up to 4m draft, but it is currently not used for passenger and freight transport because most people prefer transport by road. Inland Water Transport currently has passenger services to two villages.

There is no railway connection available to the port area and the railway station is located 2-3km away from the port (over a hill).

There are no local transporters available, most transporters come from Yangon. There are a limited number of private trucks available locally.

Port Security

There are no port security facilities and no guards at night. There is no customs bonded area. There areas around the jetties are open, not fenced.


ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)


Current ISPS Level


Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats


Fire Engines