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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

Situation – 16 Nov 2023:

In past two weeks, political status escalated into more serious situation. Instead of skirmishes, full blown battle erupted all around Myanmar, except Yangon and Mandalay.

Therefore, travelling outside of Yangon area is nearly impossible / not recommendable. Vessel call to Yangon is still operational, but since last week, majority of berths are vacant, except two to three tanker vessels came in this week at Thilawa Region.

Currently, only sporadic road side bomb incidents remain in Yangon region but if the rebel manages to infiltrate the city, the situation will be very complicated. Due to risks, people have started to gather emergency rations and if escalated further, sheltering at home may be required.

Everyone in the office had done the same and all are continue attending office daily in usual manner.

Sanctions – July 2023:

Port operation is normal but there are changes related with the new sanction of state owned bank.

In Myanmar, MPA is acting as mandatory port agent and has to be appointed by all vessels calling Myanmar. Current situation is that MPA’s bank accounts are linked with sanctioned bank and, agents may have trouble in arranging payment of port dues and other expenses, etc.

If the payment to MPA cannot be resolved soon, this may cause major disruption to vessel calling ports in Myanmar.

Situation is very fluid and we will provide further updates as soon as things are clearer.

Military takeover 2021: 

Port operations continue with no disruption and the vessel calls to Myanmar are still normal. There appears to be little impact on the port and shipping sectors due to internal disruption, sanctions and/or blacklist of individuals. More or less, the shipping sector is still running as usual.

 

Restrictions over handling of foreign currency is still the same without much changes and cash withdrawal within the country is still limited. As long as members have payment arrangements in place with Agents, there should be no major disruptions with calling to Myanmar.

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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