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Spica Myanmar

SPICA SERVICES (S) PTE LTD (BRANCH OFFICE)

Unit #15-03, Sakura Tower
339 Bogyoke Aung San Road
Kyauktada Township
Yangon, Myanmar

Phone: (95) 1 255160 (ext. 140)
Fax: (95) 1 255171
Email: claims.myanmar@spica.com.sg

After Office Hours Contact:

Han Zaw Oo
(95) 978 200 1088
han.myanmar@spica.com.sg

Kyi Thanda Oo
(95) 925 920 2896
thanda.myanmar@spica.com.sg

Sainn Sainn
(95) 942 106 3053
sainn.myanmar@spica.com.sg

Aung Myo Myat Naing
(95) 979 703 1904
aung@spica.com.sg

Dughall Aitken
(65) 9625 8986
dughall@spica.com.sg

We do get regularly requests about the situation in Myanmar in general and specifically. We will try to sum up what vessels should expect.

State of Emergency:

Communication in and out of the country is stable and we only experience very few restrictions. The banking system does pose challenges and any remittances of major amounts will have to be discussed. More restrictions imposed on handling of foreign currency in Myanmar recently, which put time limit to exchange foreign currency (especially USD) to Myanmar Currency MMK.

Martial Law remains in effect at some areas of Yangon and night curfew also maintained from 0000LT to 0400LT. Health Care is affected. However, we are still operational on medical cases with our usual contacts and specialist. There are no major disruptions to shipping and calls to Myanmar are generally normal.

Sanctions

We have not experienced any operational issues with sanctions being a problem for vessels already calling Myanmar. However, we would recommend checking to ensure the latest updates of sanction on Myanmar imposed.

Cargo claims

For grain cargo, especially carried in bulk, we would recommend appointing an independent surveyor to carry out joint draft survey with the receiver and the charterers. For the past year, we often see Receivers complaining about cargo shortage and demanding LOU from owners leading to delay in vessel’s departure.

Therefore, our recommendation would be to (a) to carry out joint draft survey and (b) if the cargo is sensitive and of high value, to engage a surveyor to monitor discharging operations.

During the rainy season heavy and continuous rain falls can be expected. We have experienced continuous rain for days and sometimes weeks, resulting in prolonged cargo loading/discharging.

Generally

No major risks reported in respect of piracy, major shortages, and stowaways. However, there are some cases of petty theft at terminal (by stevedore), which involved loss of crew’s personal belongings and ship’s properties. Therefore, we would recommend following normal security procedure, i.e. to shut and lock ship’s access doors as per ISPS requirements during port stay. Duty officers/crews to carry out regular security round check and to maintain required security and safety watch. Currently, Level-1 Port security is set at all Yangon terminals.

Yangon Area 

As the current in Yangon River is quite strong, which is about 4 to 6 knots, Master should pay particular attention to the mooring arrangements.
Maximum sailing draft at Yangon approaching channel is 9 meters. Recently, there are some allegations of water less than 9 meter in the approaching channel and therefore, prior to vessel’s arrival to Yangon, we would recommend Members to re-confirm with the agent regarding the tide and available channel depth of the vessel’s arrival and departure days.

– All ports are freshwater river ports with water density of 1.0

– Myanmar Port Authority does not allow vessel’s movement to/from Yangon port at night between 1700 to 0500 LT.

– Berthing of vessel is at the Pilot’s discretion, depending on the tide due to two sand bars restricting the access to the channel.

– Vessel speed must be not less than 10 knots.

– Max permissible draft is 9.0 m and vessel must trim 2 m fore and aft.

– Yangon Port work on the basis of first come first serve basis and Navy vessels, Container vessels, RORO and Cruise Vessels are given priority berthing.

Covid 19

Government has relaxed Covid 19 restrictions and rules majorly and therefore, should not have any major issue on vessel’s calls.

Others

Night curfew is still active between, 0000LT to 0400LT and there are still sporadic bombing and shootout between the officials and armed rebels sometimes. Therefore, shore leave is not impossible but there are still some risks. There are also numerous surprise check points by the authorities and risk of detention is still high.

We recommend that all communications for the foreseeable future continue to be addressed to Spica Services Yangon, but you may also copy to the Regional Claims Management Team at Spica Services Singapore, to ensure attention.

Please use the contact details provided below (see Singapore page):

  • Dughall Aitken – dughall@spica.com.sg – Mob: +65 9625 8986
  • Thomas Larsen – thomaslarsen@spica.com.sg – Mob: +65 91557719

Aung Myo Myat Naing joined Spica 4 years ago, after 3 years at sea with Hyundai Merchant Marine, sailing on board cape size bulk carriers as a 2nd officer. Since joining Spica Services, he has been handling claims involving cargo/container claims, cargo quantity/quality disputes for tankers, collision, sinking, grounding, fire, oil pollution, recovery claims, etc. As a Myanmar national, Aung also has responsibility as Country Manager for Spica Services’ Myanmar Branch Office.

Kyi Thanda Oo has more than 18 years of experience in shipping industry and has vast knowledge in port operation, ship/liner operator, ship agency and cargo operation (GC, container, oil and gas), etc. She is well connected locally and has very good understanding on local authorities’ requirements and changes in local shipping industry.

Sainn Sainn has 15 years of experience with shipping lines and freight forwarders. She is knowledgeable and very familiar with local ship operation, import/export cargo and documentation, local requirements and procedure.

Dughall Aitken is the Company Chief Executive and handles major casualty work for the Company in Singapore and supervises the handling of all major claims regionally. Before joining Spica, Dughall worked for A.P. Moller, completing assignments in Maersk’s Ro-Ro, Offshore and Deep Water fleets.

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