Ship cleared to leave Yangon port after collision

As the investigation into the collision of two ships in Yangon River on April 26 proceeds, the container ship involved was allowed to leave Yangon Port, said a Shipping Agency Department spokesperson.

U Aung Myo Tin said the container Panja Bhum, carrying 525 containers of beans, garments and other goods, had been cleared to depart for Singapore on May 1.

In the collision, which occurred between Wardan jetty and Ahlone dockyard, the sand carrier Zwe Myint Myat Tun 3 broke in two. The front section immediately sank, and the rear part drifted with the current before sinking near Pansodan jetty.

U Ko Ko Naing, director of the Maritime Safety, Security and Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Marine Administration, told The Myanmar Times on April 30 that the departure had been approved by mutual consent.

The investigation is being carried out by the Maritime Safety, Security and Environmental Protection Division, the Marine Engineering Division, and the Legal and Technical Standards Division of the DMA. U Ko Ko Naing said the investigation was expected to be concluded in two weeks.

“According to an evaluation made by ship owners, the sand carrier sustained more than US$300,000 of damage, and the container ship suffered losses relating to the delay in their schedule,” he said.

“Negotiations are proceeding. Both ships have insurance, which is being taken into account in calculating the compensation. Both sides will reach a compromise solution. When the investigation is complete we will release a statement and forward it to the ship owners. With their consent, we will make it public.”

Source: Myanmar Times

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