A private bulk trading company was looking to develop Inland Waterway Transport options to allow the import of bulk products deep into Myanmar.

As part of a feasibility study, Royal HaskoningDHV examined the potential river terminal locations along the Irrawaddy River to find a suitable Greenfield site for the transfer of goods imported by river barge to the hinterland, or for transhipment onto barges.

In suggesting locations, the project team considered fundamental criteria such as the stability of the Irrawaddy River, seismicity, water depth, land availability and environmental issues.

Activities completed during the study included a river stability analysis on satellite data imagery, flood assessment, field visit, barging analysis, and hinterland connection analysis. After a high level qualitative comparison of several sites, the outcome of the study presented the most promising site for the Client, including points of attention for further research or risk management in development.

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