The three-phase construction of new port terminal at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port will boost Cambodia’s maritime transport sector, with the first phase set to begin by the end of 2022.
Thai Rithy, Deputy Director General of the publicly-listed Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, said that the phase 1 of port terminal construction project will break ground later this year and is planned to complete in 2025.
Built at a cost of $200 million, a concessional loan from Japan, the phase 1 will stretch over 350 metres long with 14.5 metres deep in water.
Once operated, it will be able to allow ships with up to 4,000 containers on board to anchor off, he said.
The 400-metre-long and 16.5-metre-deep phase 2 of the port terminal construction project and the 430-metre-long and 17.5-metre-deep phase 3 are scheduled to complete in 2028 and 2030 and will have the capacity to handle 10,000 TEUs and 15,000 TEUs, respectively, Rithy pointed out in an interview with the National Radio of Cambodia.
“Once the three phases completed and operated, the new port terminal will help improve the transport sector in Cambodia, especially ensure the docking of deadweight container vessels in the Asia-Pacific region and respond to the increase in volume of container throughput via the port now and in the future,” he said. “With the deep port, we can integrate the shipping to all countries in the world. […] We expect that the transport costs would drop by about $200 per container.”
The current handling capacity of Sihanoukville Autonomous Port is only 1,500 TEUs. Chea Vannak – AKP