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Port Overview

Pakokku port in the Magway Region is close to Nyaung-U Port, on the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy river. Most cargo activity takes place in the Nyang-U Latt Htout Jetty. Pakokku port is mainly used for small local passenger boats (6m long, 20HP engine boats). The port has no jetties or berths, vessels moor at the riverbank and use gangways for loading and unloading. Pakokku port is managed by the Inland Water Transport office in Nyaung-U. There is no congestion and no bottlenecks (no waiting time to dock). However, given its current conditions, most general cargo is transported by road due to shorter lead time (1/3 of waterway transportation). Humanitarian organizations based in Pakokku mainly utilize Monywa port (114 km away) instead of this port for cargo movement.

The channel draft in the dry season is average 2.12m (in Mid-Nov to Mid-May), and above 2,12m in the wet season. In the dry season the maximum draft is 1.3m (4.5ft) and in the wet season a maximum draft of 1.8m (6ft) is allowed. Maximum vessel size that are normally operating in the Ayeyarwaddy are 60mx12m (200ftx40ft) using 200 HP engines. 

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Province or District


Town or City

Pakokku (0.5 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Pakokku





Managing Company or Port Authority

Inland Water Transport office, Nyaung-U.

Management Contact Person

Mr. U Aung Cho Myint (Manager- Inland Waterway Department, Pakokku-Nyaung-U), Nyaung U Office Ph +95-62-21503 Mobile PH #-95-9-43008220

Nearest Airport and Airlines

Pakokku airport - 15 km distance, currently not in use and the airport is planned to upgrade as international airport in future.

Nyang-U airport -  40 km distance.

(Myanmar National Airline, Air KBZ, MANN Yadanarpon airlines, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International)


Port Picture


Pakokku port overview

Pakokku cargo port

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Private companies and boat owners who own individual boats operate mainly in Pakokku. No larger boat transport companies were found. Inland Water Transport can provide 30 m long passenger boats that have cabins and max. 5 MT cargo capacity.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

Cargo handling is approximately 1000 MT/month in Pakokku (rice, pulses, lumber). There is no container handling capacity.

Seasonal constraints

Dry Season


Mid-Nov to mid-May, shallow draft. Boats take less than 50% cargo depending on the channel draft. Restricted draft to max. 1.3m (4.5 ft)

Major Import Campaigns


Busy during Oct-Dec, harvest season

Handling Figures (2019)

Vessel Calls:

180 /month

Container Traffic: (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk (2019)

Bulk (MT)

10,800 MT

Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Ships are charged a standard fee for the use of 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.

General Cargo Handling Berths


Port Handling Equipment

There is no stand-by port handling equipment, manual labour is the most common choice. A mobile crane with a limited capacity of 2.5 to 5 MT is available from two local companies: U Khin Ko Ph#+95-62-21966/ -9-6570217/ -9-2300168 and U Khin Maung Gyi Ph (+95-9-7777790/777778890).



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


2 mobile cranes, Max 5MT capacity can be hired.

Normally manual labour is used.

Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes




RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)


Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines






Container Facilities


Customs Guidance

No customs office is available

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal 


Grain and Bulk Handling


Main Storage Terminal



The daily labour rate is 2000 Kyatt/MT for unskilled labour. The labourers are contracted by the business people themselves. Daily rate 3000-6000 Kyatt/day for unskilled labour. 8000-12000 Kyatt/day for skilled labour.

The daily labour rates are :

  • 2,000 MMK/MT for unskilled labour (only loading and offloading).
  • 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).

Hinterland Information

Road option available only. There is no connection to the railroad.

Port Security

No security, the port is not fenced. 

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