July 04, 2017

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Japan’s watercraft for Rakhine water transport

The Kissapanadi 1 passenger ship in the Ngalapway Jetty in Kyaukpyu, Rakhine. The vessel will be used for inland passenger transport. Photo: MNA

One of the Three ships that will be used for sorely needed inland waterway passenger transport in Rakhine State arrived yesterday at the Ngalapway Jetty in Kyaukpyu.
The Kissapanadi 1 is one of three passenger ships donated by Japan to Myanmar. A team of officials from the Rakhine Division of Inland Water Transport are to be given a five-day course on operating the Japanese vessel, after which the ship will be piloted to Sittway. The Kissapanadi has an aluminum body, is 29.90 meters long, has a draught of 1.6 meters, capacity for 145 passengers and can travel up to 20 mph.
The Kissapanadi 1 passenger ship is worth 267.300 million Japanese Yen and was transported from Kobe, Japan on the GRIEJ JE carrier craft.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications, in an effort to develop the air and water transportation sectors in Myanmar, planned eight new projects with Japan,  agreeing to donate three passenger ships. On 12 September 2016, officials from the two countries signed the Exchange of Notes for the project. The Kissapanadi 2 is scheduled to arrive in May and the arrival date for the Kissapanadi 3 is still under discussion.—Myanmar News Agency

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