Myanmar’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) is extending new lines in order to enable passengers to travel and transport their goods at a cheaper rate, according to U Aung Than Myaing from IWT.
IWT has six divisions with 178 ships operating in the Ayeyawady and Chindwin Rivers. In delta area, the ships are operate between Labutta, Myaungmya, Pathein, Bogale and Mawgyun.
“It is needed to modernize the ships so that they can run in full capacity as the old ones cannot carry heavy loads, and they are very often causing the delays,” said U Aung Than Myaing.
In Mandalay, Sagaing, Kachin State and Mon State, the passenger and cargo ships are operating in Mandalay, Bamo, Monywa, Kalewa, Homalin, Bilugyun and Nantmaw.
“Although there are plans to extend the shipping lines, some routes have been suspended due to a decrease in the number of passengers and the volume of commodities. So, we need safe, strong and modern ships,” added U Aung Than Myaing.