05 Aug 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times - The Yangon Water Bus service will run new routes along Yangon River in October, said Daw Tint Tint Lwin, chair of the Yangon Water Bus.

The ferries will run along the Pansodan-Ant Gyi and Thamada-Botahtaung routes as usual, as well as to Twante starting from October.

"Two ferries will run along the Lanthit-Sapar route. Currently, we have four ferries. We will make a profit if there are 50 percent of the passengers," said Daw Tint Tint Lwin.

The Yangon Water Bus service started in October 2017, and was suspended before being upgraded in September, 2019 – losing money during that period, she said.

The cost of fuel is relatively low at the moment, so the company is able to make a profit. With more passengers, however, more routes may become feasible in the future. With this in mind, the Yangon Water Bus Company proposed that the region government construct more jetties along the Yangon and Thanlyin rivers.

"Currently, the Singaporean SAM business group will work with the Yangon Water Bus company to advise it on the implementation of new technology," she said.

The ferries are built from aluminum, using technology imported from Singapore.

The new ferries will service the Lanthit –Sapar routes, with two new ferries starting from August 1 from 6am to 7pm. - Translated