On Trial Run, MV-ITT LION Cargo Ship Flagged Off From Kolkata Port To Myanmar


Carrying cement to the Sittwe Port at Rakhine in Myanmar, the MV-ITT LION (V-273) was flagged off from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port at Kolkata.

Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shantanu Thakur flagged off the ship from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port as the inaugural shipment to the Sittwe Port in Myanmar.

The Port has been built under grant assistance from the Government of India as part of Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP).

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), as a project Development Consultant for the implementation of Port and IWT components of the work, has successfully completed the work.

MV-ITT LION (V-273) carrying 20,000 bags containing 1,000 metric tonnes of cement will reach Sittwe Port on 9 May 2023.

Sittwe Port has been developed under a framework agreement between India and Myanmar for the construction and operation of a Multimodal Transit Transport Facility on Kaladan river connecting the Sittwe port in Myanmar with the state of Mizoram in India.

The port connects to Paletwa in Myanmar through an inland waterway and from Paletwa to Zorinpui in Mizoram through a road component. Once fully operationalised, KMTTP will provide alternate connectivity from the Eastern coast of India to the North-eastern states through the Sittwe port.

The Port will open up new opportunities for trade and transit from and to Myanmar, particularly the Rakhine State and further enhance trade and commerce between the two countries and the wider region.