PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): The opening of a privately-run port in Koh Kong province, named Koh Kong Port, marks an important step in streamlining the transportation of goods, particularly between Cambodia and China.
The facility – located in Kiri Sakor district’s Koh Sdech village and operated by Koh Kong Port Management Co Ltd – underwent its first test with a large cargo vessel docking during the Sept 25 inauguration.
With a depth of 11.2m, the port can host two ships of 10,000 tonnes or more simultaneously. This infrastructure development is seen as a pivotal step towards enhanced economic ties and cooperation with China, officials said.
Koh Kong Port CEO Gao Liang described on September 26 how the port represents a crucial development in strengthening economic relations between the two nations.
“The port will greatly facilitate direct transport of goods between our countries,” he said.
He noted that construction is being segmented into three phases, with the initial phase covering approximately 70 per cent of the company’s total 15ha of land.
“The purpose of this pilot period is to identify gaps in our processes, so the company can improve,” he added.
He highlighted the port’s ability to bypass the need for transit through neighbouring countries, offering substantial savings and efficiency.