Cambodia To Build New Multi-Purpose Terminal at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) will build an over US$200 million new multi-purpose terminal at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), said H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport.

This project will increase the capacity of SAP to handle more cargo shipments, he said at the ministry's annual meeting yesterday.

The RGC and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have been conducting a study on the project which would finish later next year, he said, adding, We are asking Japan for loan to build this new terminal.

Currently, SAP can receive up to 500,000 TEU a year that causes congestion at the port, therefore a new port at the deep sea is needed, H.E. Sun Chanthol said.

With at least 14.5 meter depth, the new port will be able to welcome about 93 percent of ships in the region, he underlined.

H.E. Lou Kim Chhun, Director General of SAP said the construction of the new terminal may start in late 2017 or early 2018 and is expected to end in late 2022.

According to a report of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, SAP is projected to see cargo shipments increase to some 1,000,000 TEU per year from 2023. This year, the cargo shipments at SAP reached 399,192 TEU, up 1.86 percent compared to 2015, generating a total revenue of US$52.90 million, up 3.38 percent.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press