Cambodia readies $300m Sihanoukville port expansion

Authorities in Cambodia have unveiled ambitious plans to pump $300m into the kingdom’s top port, Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), to calls for a new container port – comprising a terminal, container yard, and customs and administrative buildings – on reclaimed land just north of the existing port facility.

The terminal will be 350 m in length with a draft alongside of 14.5 m and an annual handling capacity of 1m teu. Construction will start next year and be finished by 2022. Further phases of development allow for more terminals plus a dedicated rail link.

In a separate project, the Japan International Cooperation Agency has provided a $74m soft loan to build a new multipurpose terminal at SAP, which is scheduled to open in 2018. SAP accounts for around two thirds of Cambodia’s box throughput, and is on schedule to crack 400,000 teu this year, a year-on-year increase of 2%.

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