Two catamarans from Australia arrive for Yangon Water Bus service

The vessels arrived Tuesday at Yangon’s Nanthidar Jetty for government inspection, according to the official Facebook page of Yangon Water Bus service which is owned and operated by the Tint Tint Myanmar Company.

The K37 billion Yangon Water Bus project will run along the Yangon River, the Hlaing River, the Nga Moe Yeik creek and the Pazundaung creek.

In May, chairman Daw Tint Tint Lwin said that they will import ships from Australia and Thailand for Yangon Water Bus service and will also be constructing in Nawarat dock of Seikkyi Khanaungto Township.

The first route will run along Yangon river and Hlaing River, from Insein township to Botahtaung township, the second route is along Nga Moe Yeik Creek and Pazundaung Creek from North Dagon township to Nyaungdan.

The third route will run along Yangon River from Botahtaung township to Thanlyin township, the company statement said.

Some 16 to 18 small and big vessels will service the first route, which will have eight ports. The second and third routes, will run with 10 to 20 ships and if needed, the company will add more ships.

About 50 to 70 ships will service the three routes within 2017.

The company has yet to announce when the operations of the water bus service will start.

All port terminals have been constructed but the company is still awaiting clearance from the government. A total of 25 ports have been constructed along the three routes. Fares are between K300 and K500 and will use Anypay card system, the company said.

The running time will be about one hour or one hour and 20 minutes for the first route from Insein to Botahtaung township. Operations will be from 6 am to 6:30 pm.

The company hoped that some 20,000 passengers will use Yangon Water Bus every day.

Source: Myanmar Times