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Port Overview

The port of Kawthoung consists of three jetties managed by the Myanma Port Authority (MPA). The largest is Tawwin port jetty, about 2km North East of downtown Kawthoung. This is a concrete jetty with two access bridges and a berth of 110m (360 ft) length by 10m (30 ft) wide. It has a second berth section of 40m (130ft long) and 10m (30ft) wide. It’s maximum draft is 5m (20 ft) at low tide and 10.5m (34 ft) at high tide and the maximum vessel size is 2000 GRT, for ships of about 92m length. The jetty is used for general cargo.

The MPA is responsible for two other jetties: Myoma jetty is used for passenger services and arrivals from Thailand (it has customs & immigration services) and Bayint Naung jetty, which is mostly used for fishery business, tourist industry and passenger services to villages along the coast and to the islands of the archipelago. Both jetties are located downtown Kawthoung and are water barge type that can handle vessels of maximum 200 GRT.

There is no pilot service and no tug-boat available for the port of Kawthoung. Most cargo handled at Kawthoung is transport by sea of locally produced palm oil to Yangon and imports of fertilizer from Malaysia and cement from Thailand. Most cargo passes through Kawthoung in transit from Thailand to Yangon. This cargo is not offloaded, only registered and noted by customs.

Port website: There is no website available.

Port Location and Contacts



Province or District


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

Name : Kawthoung

km: 0

Port's Complete Name

Port of Kawthoung





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

Myanma Port Authority (MPA)

Management Contact Person

U Tin Oo Port Oficer,
Phone: 09-5645 240

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: Kawthoung airport

Airlines: Domestic airlines, see Kawthoung airport details

Port Pictures


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

There are no key companies available for stevedoring, freight forwarding or cargo handling.

The Myanma Port Authority, The Customs department and the Township Labour Exchange Office for daily labourers are the main organisations active.

4.4 Myanmar Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

There are no seasonal constraints. There is some congestion at the port during the year: average waiting time is 3 days to berthing, the ships are anchored outside while waiting.

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

Bulk (MT)

Export domestic 33,215 MT
Import domestic 50,339 MT
Export foreign 302 MT
Import foreign 307,212 MT

Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Terminal handling charges depend on the length of the ship: 500 MMK per 25ft length of ship, per day. Plus a charge per cargo: 200 MMK per MT loaded or unloaded (MPA, Dec. 2014). These rates are standard for all ports in Myanmar.

Berthing Specifications

There is no fuel bunker service available, for fuel the vessels can go to a jetty of a private company Golden Bell company, which is about 2km North of Taw Win port jetty, or Golden Bell can come to the jetty with a tank truck. Fuel is also available from MPPE jetty at Par Paw Island, about 1km south, but large vessels can not access this jetty due to shallow draft. Private companies provide fresh water, which is delivered by tank trucks.

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Width (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

1: Taw Win port



5m (low) 10.5 (high)

Conventional Berth

2: Myoma jetty



5m (low) 9.5 (high)

Conventional Berth

3: Bayint Naung



5m (low) 9.5 (high)

Container Berth





Silo Berth





Berthing Tugs





Water Barges





General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Taw win port

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Taw win port

Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

No port handling equipment available. Only manual labour.



(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane




Container Gantries




Mobile Cranes








RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)




Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines












Container Facilities

There is no container handling facility available.

Customs Guidance

Customs office is available, operating at office hours 9 to 4pm daily, including weekends. The customs clearance process takes about 1 day.

1.3 Myanmar Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

There is no multipurpose handling facility available.

Grain and Bulk Handling

There is no specific grain and bulk handling facility available, nor bagging facilities.

Main Storage Terminal

There are two warehouses controlled by MPA, located next to the Taw Win port jetty.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo


2x 30x12x3m (720 sqm)

Refrigerated Cargo



General Cargo

2 (same as above)

2x 30x12x3m (720 sqm)


There is no specific stevedoring company available. Daily labourers must take care of loading and unloading. The Township Labour Exchange Office, under control of the ministry of labour, is able to provide daily labourers for the port. There is a capacity of about XX labourers, organised by the Township Labour Exchange Office. The port authority can assist with sourcing daily workers.

Hinterland Information

There are no road transport companies, only private trucks (up to 100 4-5MT trucks could be available). It is not so common to transfer cargo from larger ships to small ships (100 GRT) for inland transport, but it is possible. Inland Water Transport is not active in Kawthoung, but there are three private companies offering passenger services to the islands in the archipelago (Fortune, HiFi, Ayeyarnaddy), using boats of 200 to 400 passengers. Kawthoung to Myiek is 6 hours, Kawthoung to Dawei is 13 hours. There is no regular passenger service to Thailand  but private charter boats up to 10 passenger capacity can be rented.

Port Security

The police department is responsible, The area is fenced, with a gate for access.


ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)


Current ISPS Level


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

Police Boats


Fire Engines