Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanoukville port traffic recovers

Sihanoukville port traffic recovers

Sihanoukville port traffic recovers

FREIGHT shipments through Sihanoukville Autonomous Port rose 8.61 percent in the first quarter of 2010, compared to the same period last year, according to port figures.

The port shipped 502,000 tonnes of goods, a rise from 462,000 in the first quarter of 2009, but the March-on-March figures showed a decline.

The port moved 176,666 tonnes of goods to regional ports in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam in March – a 3.5 percent drop from the same month last year.

Ma Sun Hourt, deputy director general of the port, told the Post Wednesday the slip in numbers was not a concern because the port was negotiating more gateways for the shipment of agricultural products, including acacia trees.

That could mean a continued increase in shipments into the second quarter of the year, Ma Sun Hourt said.

Sihanoukville port plans to ship nearly 2 million tonnes of goods this year, a modest increase of 3.4 percent from 2009. Last year’s shipments were 9 percent lower than 2008’s.

Traffic has been hurt by the completion of a deepwater port in Vietnam that has made direct shipments possible from Phnom Penh to international ports, saving companies both time and money.

“We hope that the ongoing recovery of the regional and global economies will help bring the port a chance to ship more goods,” Ma Sun Hourt said.

Sihanoukville port ships coal, garment supplies, oil, cloth, footwear, cement, automobiles and grain, he said.

So Nguon, director of the So Nguon Group, the biggest container shipper in Cambodia, said Wednesday that textile and rice products he transported between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville port rose 20 percent in the first quarter of the year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from

  • Breaking: Eighty-three containers of waste at S'ville port came from US, Canada

    The plastic waste found in 83 containers at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Tuesday came from the US and Canada, the Ministry of Environment has said. The huge shipment of rubbish weighs some 1,600 tonnes. Officials are continuing their investigation to find the company or individuals responsible for

  • ‘Long road for Cambodia bill to reach the White House’

    Analysts have questioned whether the “The Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019” bill would be passed by the US Senate and finally signed off by the president after its approval by the lower chamber, the House of Representatives, on Monday. Introduced by Republican Representative for Florida Ted

  • Two men arrested for stealing $2M

    Two men were arrested on Friday accused of stealing $2 million from a company after their employer sent them to withdraw the cash in Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh municipal police chief Sar Thet said on Sunday that the suspects were 37 years old and one was a