A ferry which will ply between Yechanpyin in Sittway town and Agnumaw in Maungtaw town is currently under construction at the Dagon Seikkan shipyard under Inland Water Transport, and it will be completed by the end of November.
“The construction of four ferries has been undertaken in the 2018-2019 fiscal year at the Dagon Seikkan shipyard. The largest of the four ferries has been earmarked for Rakhine State. It will operate between Yechanpyin, Sittway town and Agnumaw, Maungtaw town. The ferry is slated to be complete by November-end,” said U Tin Soe, deputy chief engineer, Dagon Seikkan shipyard.
The ferry has been designed by engineers at the shipyard. The construction of the vessel began in April, and it is estimated to cost K1.6 billion.
“The landing craft vessel measures 200 feet in length, 50 feet at the beams, and its draft measures 10 feet. The ferry is the largest to be constructed at the Dagon Seikkan shipyard, and it would also be able to carry vehicles,” said U Tin Soe.
“At present, motorboats are running on the Yechanpyin-Agnumaw route. But, their transportation capacity is poor. Ferries can aid transportation and trade flow,” he added.—Myint Maung Soe (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)