the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new multi-purpose international port and logistics center in the southwestern province of Kampot.
The project is estimated at 1.5 billion dollars and will be built on a total area of 600 hectares, with a depth of 15 meters to accommodate ships weighing up to 100,000 tons.
Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol spoke at the May 5 ceremony to hail the contribution the facility will make to Cambodia’s development.
The multi-purpose international port and logistics center aims to improve the efficiency of traders and investors in exporting agricultural, industrial and fishery products to local and global markets – and to boost Cambodia’s economic growth in the process.
“The investment project to develop the Kampot Logistics and Multipurpose Center will be another major deep water port in Cambodia and a modern international port in the ASEAN region,” Chanthol said.
“This mega-project includes a container terminal, a special economic zone, a free trade zone, a logistics hub, an oil refinery and a terminal for tourist ships, among others.”
The project will be implemented in three phases, the first of which is expected to begin operations in 2025.
The seaport will have a total handling capacity of 300,000 TEUs in 2025 and up to 600,000 TEUs by 2030.