Pandaw River Expeditions is constructing two new vessels in Burma. The Sinmalike shipyard in Rangoon was awarded the contract to build two K plus class vessels 183 feet long with twenty deluxe staterooms. This is a new design with a shallow draft of less than three feet allows the ships to pass through channels that at low water would be inaccessible to other vessels.
These ships, the Kindat Pandaw and the Kalaw Pandaw, will be finished with teak and brass. Pandaw ships are exact replicas of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships of the 1920s, with promenade decks running around them.
The Kindat and Kalaw will operate on the new Mandalay Pagan Packet service starting in July 2014 together with the Indochina and Orient. These four ships will offer a total capacity of one hundred cabins, or two hundred passengers, between these destinations weekly. The Mandalay Pagan Packet is s a standalone product in and out of Mandalay International Airport obviating the need for hotels or domestic flights.
These new builds will bring the Irrawaddy Flotilla up to seven vessels and the total Pandaw fleet up to twelve ships.
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