A new container terminal is slated to start construction in mid-2023 at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS), transforming it into a deep sea port to help further drive the economy.
The terminal will house a 350-meter long quay and has a design draft of -14.5 meters. The terminal will have a design capacity of 7,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per call and expected annual container throughput of 450,000 TEUs.
The terminal will be constructed in three phases. The first phase will begin in mid-2023 and is expected to be completed in 2025. The second phase will start in 2025 and end in 2028. The third phase will start in 2026 and end in 2029.
“When all three phases are complete, the port of Cambodia will be a deep-sea port, allowing 93 percent of sea-going vessels to land,” said Chey Sokunthea, Director of the port’s Marketing Department.
She added that the new container terminal is a significant development for SAP and Cambodia as a whole. It is expected to have a positive impact on the economy and lives of people in the region.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been providing financial and technical assistance to the Cambodian government since 1993, with a focus on port development. This includes the rehabilitation and expansion of Sihanoukville port’s physical structure, as well as the strengthening of container handling operations.
Cambodia has a network of 105 ports, of which 78 are river ports and 27 are seaports.