29 July 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Myanma Shipyards-AMECC Joint Venture Co., Ltd delivered the Ayeyawady basin new multi-purpose vessel BH-101 to the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) under the Ministry of Transportation and Communication during a ceremony held at Myanma Shipyards-AMECC Joint Venture Co., Ltd on Bayintnaung road, Yangon, on 27 July.
Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung inspected the new vessel. The Union Minister and his team had photos taken in front of the vessel.

At the ceremony, the Union Minister delivered the opening speech, saying "I want to discuss the Myanmar National Transport Master Plan (2014) and National Logistics Master Plan (2017), which was formulated by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). "

"Concerning Myanmar National Transport Master Plan, we want to suggest that implementation of the project be done on a regular basis to be able to promote the maritime transport sector. And in regard to the National Logistics Master Plan, we have expected that our cargo demand in the transport sector will be increased three times by 2030", said the Union Minister.

The Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) project has been carried out since October, 2015, with the assistance of World Bank loans.
Also at the ceremony, a video on the construction of the water vessel was shown to the union minister and officials.

DWIR has been assigned to carry out the AIRBM project. The water vessel was built with the inspection performed under International Classification Society standards.

The Myanma Shipyards – AMECC Joint Venture Co., Ltd won the tender and contracted with DWIR on 6 April, 2018. The vessel is 26.20 meters in length, 8.10 meters in width and 1.9 meters in height. The vessel was installed with two 500 horse power engines, built by Japan Yanmar Co., Ltd. The vessel also includes generators, a crane, a fire engine, a hydraulic system, and a marine navigation system.

The vessel can operate at speeds up to 10 miles per hour. The vessel was built at a cost of US$ 2.1 million. Before 2015, Myanma Shipyards was operating under the supervision of the government. In 2015, the Myanma Shipyards was turned into a business company, jointly with a Vietnamese company for development of shipyards. Since then, its name was changed to Myanma Shipyards-AMECC Joint Venture Company Limited.—GNLM (Translated by Hay Mar)