A total length of Myanmar coast is 2228 km (1,260 nautical miles), along the Rakhine coast is 713 km, along the delta area is 437 km and the coast of Tanintharyi is 1078 km long. Of the nine ports along the coast, Yangon port is a major international port, handling more than 90 % of the country’s normal exports and imports. In terms of number of wharfs, there are 27 berths in Yangon Inner Harbour with the total quay length of 4,640 m. In Thilawa Outer Harbour, there has been 19 berths with total quay length of 3,591 m.
Dawei Special Economic Zone and Deep-Sea Port Project
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Dawei Deep Sea Port Project between Myanma Port Authority under Ministry of Transport and Communications and Italian-Thai Development Public Co., Ltd. (ITD) was signed in Naypyitaw on 12th June 2008.
The Framework Agreement for Dawei Deep Sea Port Project between Myanma Port Authority under Ministry of Transport and Communications and Italian-Thai Development Public Co., Ltd. (ITD) was signed in Naypyitaw on 2nd November 2010.
-ITD could not find the funds needed to implement the Dawei Special Economic Zone Project in time. The agreement signed between Myanma Port Authority and ITD in 2013 was terminated.
At the beginning of the project, ITD was constructing Temporary Small Port near Ngapitak Village to transport project materials by marine.
Because of the Dawei Special Economic Zone Project is a large-scale, The Memorandum of Understanding, which includes Myanmar, Thailand and Japan was officially signed at the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit on 4th July 2015.
The tendering and construction work for the construction of the 2-lane highway will be completed from 2021 to 2023.
Dawei Special Economic Zone Management Committee was reorganized by notification No.3/2021 dated 3-5-2021 of the Central Body of Myanmar Special Economic Zone.
Myanma Port Authority has assigned the Chief Port Officer (Tanintharyi Region) to coordinate port operations of Dawei Special Economic Zone.