The Dawei deep sea port is a special economic development zone which is expected to be operational by 2020. Currently there is no deep sea port yet, only the “small port” which consists of one concrete jetty, planned to be used by feeder vessels from the (river) port of Dawei, after the draft can be deepened from 1m currently to 7.5m planned depth.
The work on the deep sea port hasn’t started yet and it’s not confirmed when it will begin.
There are several port administration buildings, a construction yard and an 18km 2-lane gravel road which stops at the Dawei river. A 150km road is planned to connect the economic development zone to the border of Thailand but still falls short of a bridge across the river Dawei and minimum 40km, as the crow flies, to reach the border across difficult mountainous terrain. The economic development zone is connected by a 20km, 1-lane winding dirt road to nearby Maungmagan and from there by a 13km 2-lane tarmac road to Dawei town.
Contact: Mr. Win Myo Oo, Secretary of the supporting working body of the Dawei deep sea port. (Dec. 2014, the secretaries are rotated every 2 months).
Port Location and Contacts
Province or District
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
km: 33 km
Port's Complete Name
Dawei deep sea port
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Supporting working body of Dawei deep sea port
Management Contact Person
Mr. Win Myo Oo, Secretary
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
Airport Name: Dawei airport
Airlines: Domestic carrier Myanma airlines only.
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
There is currently only the Italian-Thai Development Public Company Ltd. and the Dawei Development Company Ltd., but it appears that the Italians have pulled their support from the project.
No vessels can be handled yet. There is only one jetty at the “small port”, with a draft of 1m, to shallow to be used.
Tidal difference is 2 to 7m. The single jetty is only for general cargo, not for containers.
Dredging is required before this berth can be used. Construction materials for the port are now brought by truck by road. Location of the jetty at the “small port”: 14°10.833' 98°4.873'.
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
7.8m, 400 TEU (planned)
Concrete jetty side and front view:
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
The Italian-Thai Development Public Company Ltd. has forklifts as part of their port construction equipment. There is not any type of port handling equipment available yet. Nor facilities for bagging and storage.
None available yet.
There is no customs office yet. The Customs department is part of the supporting working body of the Dawei deep sea port, as are 14 ministries in total.
Dawei Deep sea port master plan
The plan for the Dawei deep sea port includes two basins suitable for large deep water vessels up to 16m draft and a port area of 10.08 sq.km. The first basin of approximately 3.5km length and 16m draft, will include a container terminal on one side with container gantry cranes, and a bulk cargo terminal on the other side. The secondary basin of 12.5m draft will have access to a large logistics hub area on one side and grain silo’s and fertilizer storage on the other side.
The master plan for the deep-sea port includes large area’s (outside the 10.08 sq.km. port area) for oil & gas industry, a steel mill, heavy industries, a coal fired power plant and an LNG power plant. There is an outer harbour planned with jetties for vessels of a maximum draft of 16.5m.
There are no stevedoring companies available yet.
The master plan includes a railway connection and a 4 to 6 lane highway from the port to the border of Thailand. There is currently no railway connection and a 2-lane gravel road of 150km connecting the port area to the border of Thailand.
There is no port security yet and no police post.