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Cambodia to upgrade seaport into a hub port

2023-05-09 Tamara Parkin

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Photo Credit: Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS).

Cambodia commenced construction of a new container terminal at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in Preah Sihanouk province. The feeder port which is currently Cambodia's sole international and commercial deep seaport will transform into a hub port for the Southeast Asian region. The project is estimated to cost almost $1 billion, funded through the combination of a concessional loan from Japan, the state’s allocated budget and the port's investment capital.

Construction has already commenced at the start of May and is set to occur in three phases. Phase one includes the construction of an onshore general cargo terminal and a 350m long, 14.5 m deep container terminal to handle ships carrying 4,000 TEUs. This is estimated to cost $275m and is expected to be completed by 2026.              

Phase two involves the construction of a new terminal that will be 400m long with a channel depth of 16.5m, with work beginning in 2025 and ending in 2028. The third and final phase will begin work in 2026 and end in 2029. The second and third phases are estimated at a cost of approximately $698 million in total.        

The port is currently capable of handling 700,000 TEUs annually. Once construction is complete, the port’s handling capacity will increase to 1.4 million TEUs in 2026 and 2.58 million TEUs in 2029. The sharply increased capacity of the new container terminal will give it the capacity to handle 93% of all ships travelling in the Asia Pacific region, compared to its current capacity of 18%.

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