Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong



Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

Divers inspect the remains of a 70-metre-long shipwreck discovered off the coast of Koh Kong in early April in a video posted by deputy Navy commander Tea Sokha. Facebook
Divers inspect the remains of a 70-metre-long shipwreck discovered off the coast of Koh Kong in early April in a video posted by deputy Navy commander Tea Sokha. Facebook

Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province.

Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials.

Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha, who announced the discovery on his Facebook page on Saturday, said the wreck was covered in coral, providing a rich habitat for fish and other marine life.

Soum Karoney, a Navy official and head of the research group tasked with inspecting the shipwreck, said the boat is believed to have sunk about 50 years ago.

"So far we still haven't figured out more detail about that ship yet," Karoney said. "We need to do more research on that, as far as why it sank, what type of ship it is."

The Gulf of Thailand is considered by many divers as one of the last untapped troves of shipwrecks, particularly from the World War II era.

Last March, divers off the coast of Koh Rong found what is believed to be the wreckage of a World War II era Japanese merchant vessel sunk by a US Navy submarine.

In 2006, a group of Vietnamese fisherman discovered the wreckage of a 15th century Chinese trading ship laden with ancient pottery and other artifacts near Koh Sdach, also off the coast of Koh Kong.

Sokha, who is the son of navy commander Tea Vinh and nephew of defense minister Tea Banh, oversees maritime security at Ream Naval Base in Preah Sihanouk province. Last year, Sokha and other dive businesses dropped two shipping containers into the military-controlled waters off Koh Rong Samloem to create an artificial reef.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Capital set to beef up security

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng held the first meeting of the year with heads of armed forces in the capital to review and repair the deficiencies related to gun control, drug crimes, social order disruptions due to alcohol consumption and traffic law enforcement. Municipal