Last modified: 2017-11-30 by zachary harden
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image by Zachary Harden, 28 November 2017
Inland Water Transport (IWT) has its forerunner set up in
1865. At that time the organization functioned as a private enterprise
under the name of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company Limited (IFCL). The IFCL
was nationalized on 1st June 1948 after (Burma) gaining Independence
from the British Colonial Rule. Under the plan to provide new
administrative order, "Inland Water Transport Board" was renamed as "
Inland Water Transport Corporation" in 1972 . It has been changed to
the present name of "Inland Water Transport" with effect from 1st
April 1989 It is one of the state owned enterprises under the Ministry of Transport
and Communications, MOTC), the Union of Myanmar, operating the functions on transportation in
inland waterways. It has been operating the services of passengers and
cargo transportation for the regions with navigable waterways in such
rivers as the Ayeyarwady, the Chindwin and the Thanlwin, and for Delta
regions and the regions in Rakhine State.
Esteban Rivera 28 November 2017
Yesterday I watched a television documentary called "Burma's Forgotten
Fleet", which is about the steamboat ferries of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company,
which was the world's largest river fleet during the times of British
colonization. After Burma's independence the fleet has come under the control of
the government agency known as Inland Water Transport, which to this day fly the
flag illustrated here as a house flag (at the jackstaff, even when under way).
Another interesting point is that although currently the (Myanmar)
national flag is the proper civil ensign, a small number
of ferries seem to continue to fly old surplus pieces of
the former civil ensign, apparently without much
Miles Li, 18 December 2007
image located by Jaume Olle, 26 January 2016
The flag in the photo seems to be green, yellow, blue, diagonal. Perhaps there
is a mistake in hoisting it. The emblem is a disk with three colours in the
diagonal and a black anchor.
Jaume Olle, 26 January 2016
According to the IWT website, the flag has a ratio of 4:5 (1x1.25) and
the green represent the forests, yellow the fields and farms and blue
for the rivers and lakes. Date of adoption is not known.
Zachary Harden, 28 November 2017