Yangon Water Bus adds catamaran, commits to continue upgrading services

A catamaran boat will join the Yangon Water Bus fleet after arriving in Myanmar in November, according to an October 21 posting to the social media page of the service.

The water-bus service has two services, one in which the boat stops at every jetty and the other in which the water buses go directly to a destination.

The schedule for the first service runs from 6.30am to 10.30pm. Direct destination service runs from 7.50am to 7.45pm.

All of the shortcomings of the service will be fixed within a month, according to Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. There are now seven stops and a trip from one end to the other costs Ks300.

Additional stops will be added. Maps will be attached to every jetty announcing the time of each boat’s expected arrival. Security staff will be able to track voyages through a GPS enhanced TV system, said Tint Tint Lwin, CEO of the service operator, Tint Tint Myanmar companies.

Crews will vary from four to eight members on each ship, which will accommodate 140 to 230 passengers. Passengers must buy tickets at a counter at the jetty with no tickets sold on board.

At a press conference held in May, Daw Tint Tint Lwin said the company had invested between US$20 million (27,313 kyat) and $37 million to set up the Yangon operation.

The cost included a fleet of three boats from Australia that can each carry each 180-230 passengers, three boats from Thailand that can each carry 60 passengers and seven locally constructed boats that can carry 150 passengers.

The stops include Bohtataung Terminal (Bohtataung Pagoda compound), Nan Thi Da Terminal (Pansodan St), Lan Thit Jetty (Lan Thit St), Kyee Myindaing Terminal (Kyee Myaing Kanar Rd, near Zay Gyee St), Hlaing Terminal (Hlaing Station Rd, next to Shwe Padauk Fish market), Punn Hlaing (Punn Hlaing Golf Estate) and Insein Terminal (Aung Zay Ya Bridge).

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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