Officials have allowed a container ship involved in a collision with a sand carrier in Yangon port to leave the port.
Singapore-flagged Panja Bhum collided with sand carrier Zwe Myint Myat Tun 3 near Ahlone dockyard on 26 April. The impact of the collision caused the sand carrier to break up into two parts. The front section of Zwe Myint Myat Tun 3 sank immediately, while its rear section drifted with the current before sinking near Pansodan jetty.
No one was injured in the incident said to have caused by heavy rain that blurred the lines of vision between the two vessels.
The country’s shipping agency department cleared Panja Pham to leave Yangon port for Singapore on 1 May after a mutual consent was reached between the shipowners and related authorities.
Meanwhile, investigation into the collision is being conducted by the Myanmar Maritime Safety, Security and Environmental Protection Division, the Marine Engineering Division, and the Legal and Technical Standards Division of the Department of Marine Administration (DMA) and is expected to be concluded in two weeks.
“Negotiations are proceeding. Both ships have insurance, which is being taken into account in calculating the compensation. Both sides will reach a compromise solution. Once the investigation is completed, we will release a statement and forward it to the shipowners. With their consent, we will make it public,” said U Ko Ko Naing, director of the maritime safety, security and environmental protection division of the DMA.