Myanmar plans deep-sea ports for development of maritime trade (2)

14:55, October 12, 2010      

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On completion of the project, cargo vessels from the Middle East, Africa and Europe can avoid crossing the Malacca Strait for access to China, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, experts said.

A study of the Myanmar experts also revealed that these cargo ships from the region can save about 1,250 nautical miles (2,316 kilometers) and four days' time compared with transiting through Singapore.

Once the project is implemented, it could carry out trade from the Dawei deep-sea port with Bangkok within a day which is only a 300 kilometers' voyage, maritime officials also said.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has also been building a new railway station at the Dawei deep-sea port where international maritime trading activities are prospective.

The 324-hectare railway station, built since December last year, will play its role on the Dawei-Myeik rail route which constitutes part of the ASEAN railway network, project officials said.

On completion of the 211-kilometer Dawei-Myeik rail route and the Dawei deep-sea port railway station, direct international trade will be possible between Dawei and Yangon which will further extend to Mawlamyine, Myeik, and Kawthoung.

The Dawei-Myeik rail route will effect commodity flow and development to five major townships and 42 villages along the Tanintharyi coast, the officials added.

As for Kyaukphyu deep-sea port, Myanmar is planning to build it on the Maday Island to serve as a transit trade center for goods destined to port cities of Chittagong, Yangon and Calcutta.

Kyaukphyu also stands at a point on a proposed land route connecting southwestern China's Kunming in Yunnan province with Myanmar's Sittwe through Mandalay. The overall road link between Myanmar and China under study is outlined as Kunming-Mandalay- Kyaukphyu-Sittwe.

Meanwhile, in May this year, China and Myanmar reached a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in development of China-Myanmar corridor project to link Ruili and Kyaukphyu.

Source: Xinhua
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