Yangon Region’s most remote corner has just become a little more accessible. Engineers have completed the first phase of a new jetty on Coco Island, intended to make it easier for ships to visit. The island is some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from Yangon.
Though it forms part of the Andaman chain, the island is legally part of Yangon Region, as well as being the country’s smallest constituency, with 681 eligible voters at the time of the 2010 election. Most are civil servants, dating back to the time when the island housed a political prison, closed since 1971.
Other than its original residents, the island, a mere 11 kilometres (7 miles) across, is home to an administrative office, a hospital, a police station and an airport, as well as a small military contingent.
According to administrative office, a hospital, a police station and an airport, work on the jetty began in 2013 to accommodate vessels from the Five Star line that keep the small community supplied with food and medicines.
Precast concrete blocks weighing about 10 tonnes were laid down to form the frame of the jetty, and then filled in with soil. To ensure that the design can withstand the waves, Myanmar Maritime University began conducting stability tests using a wave simulator in 2013.
Takayuki Nakamura, a professor from Japan’s Ehime University, has been helping MMU with the design.
Source: Myanmar Times