The Root Cause of Unprecedented River Rise

The monsoon had not fully reached its peak yet, but most parts of the country, which lie along the paths of the major rivers, namely: the Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Dotehtawady, Ngawun, Sittaung and Bago rivers are being seriously inundated. The most noteworthy is the news of the level of the Ayeyardy River at Nyaung Oo, which […]

Myanmar transport woes a $60 billion muddle

Fixing Myanmar’s transport woes may cost up to US$60 billion but inaction could be far more expensive, according to a new report. An analysis into Myanmar’s transport landscape by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) shows a country experiencing both crisis and opportunity. “Transport Sector Policy Notes” opens bluntly, “Due to massive underinvestment and neglect in […]

Mandalay association to build fuel tanks

A new public company formed by members of a Mandalay petroleum association intends to build 34 fuel tanks on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River, to refuel passing ships. The Myanma Energy Development Public Company will build tanks that can hold 2 million gallons of fuel on 48 acres of land, secretary U Kyaw Kyaw […]

MIC forecasts Mandalay foreign investment boom

Foreign direct investment to Mandalay Region will boom within two or three years, as a number of ambitious projects launch and connectivity improves, according to Myanmar Investment Commission secretary U Aung Naing Oo. Mandalay Region is currently in ninth place for foreign direct investment, receiving less than 10 percent of capital inflows, he said at […]

AmaWaterways Celebrates Inaugural Voyage of AmaPura in Myanmar

On Nov. 24, 2014, AmaWaterways, the world’s leading river cruise line, celebrated the inaugural sailing of its new 56-passenger all-suite AmaPura. Kristin Karst, the line’s executive vice president and co-owner, met travelers in Yangon to embark on the ship’s sold-out maiden voyage along the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar. “AmaPura offers travelers an ultra-comfortable, elegant experience, […]

South Korea to assist with Twantay canal development

South Korea is providing help to draw up the main plans for the Twantay canal development, sources say. The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems has signed an agreement with the ISAN Corporation from South Korea to conduct a survey for the canal’s development, according to a directorate official. “The ISAN Corporation […]

Luxembourg invests in Myanmar river cruiser

YANGON – Abercrombie & Kent from Luxembourg has been granted licence to invest in a new river cruiser by the Myanmar Investment Commission on August 15. Luxembourg, which has not invested in Myanmar in 20 years, provided US$ 5.2 million in cruise liner and other business along Chindwin and Ayeyawady rivers, according to Directorate of […]

Myitsone Dam Project on Hold, but Far From Dead

Back in September 2011 when President Thein Sein issued a decree ordering that construction of the Myitsone dam “be suspended in the time of our government,” the announcement was met with widespread applause both internationally and at home. The ambitious project, which involves building a 152-meter-tall hydroelectric dam at the confluence of the two rivers […]

Orient Express Launches Orcaella Offering New Myanmar Cruises

On July 22, Orient-Express will launch a new river cruiser, the Orcaella, which will sail on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Named for a species of dolphin that inhabits the river, Orcaella (‘Or-kay-la’), was built in the colonial capital city of Yangon. The 200-foot-long ship was designed with a shallow […]