Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New multi-purpose sea port set for Koh Kong

New multi-purpose sea port set for Koh Kong

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Located in Khemarak Phoumin town’s Smach Meanchey commune, the old port has seen a handful of renovations, with the latest in 1991. Now it sits there dilapidated and largely unused. Ministry of Public Works

New multi-purpose sea port set for Koh Kong

The government plans to rebuild the derelict old Dang Tong Port in Koh Kong province into a medium-sized multi-purpose sea port at a cost of $1.5 million to spur waterway trade with Thailand, a senior public works official said.

But plans to break ground on the project have been put on the back burner for now as the Covid-19 pandemic takes a turn for the worse, according to provincial Department of Public Works and Transport director Orn Davuth.

At 69m long and 6.5m wide and paved with concrete, Davuth asserted that the project would take around two years to build.

And with its multipurpose design, the port will serve a plethora of industries such as transport, retail and tourism, he said.

Located in Khemarak Phoumin town’s Smach Meanchey commune, the old port has seen a handful of renovations, with the latest in 1991. Now it sits there dilapidated and largely unused.

Logistics Business Association (LOBA) president Chea Chandara told The Post that the sea port would smooth retail freight transport between Cambodia and Thailand and serve as a tourism hub.

“This port will allow ships to transport retail goods from Thailand to Cambodia more easily and safely. Goods flowing into Koh Kong province will pass through the Cham Yeam border checkpoint, which sees substantial volumes of commodity traffic from Thailand – most goods comprise cement, appliances and foodstuffs,” he said.

In October, public works minister Sun Chanthol noted that ports in Cambodia are categorised into four classes – commercial, industrial, tourism and oil.

Speaking at a discussion about a draft law on ports, Chanthol said the Kingdom has 105 ports – 78 river ports and 27 sea ports.

“These ports play an important role in promoting all kinds of trade activities in the national, regional and international economic development process,” he said.

The trade volume between Cambodia and Thailand reached $7.236 billion last year, tumbling 23.17 per cent from 2019, according to the Thai Ministry of Commerce.

Statistics show that Cambodia exported $1.148 billion in merchandise to Thailand in 2020, down 49.49 per cent on a yearly basis, and imported $6.089 billion, down 14.80 per cent year-on-year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided