Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Transport Ministry to launch water taxi service

Transport Ministry to launch water taxi service

A plan for a docking point posted to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Facebook page on Monday. Facebook
A plan for a docking point posted to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Facebook page on Monday. Facebook

Transport Ministry to launch water taxi service

The Transport Ministry and Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP) are looking to launch a ferry service by the Khmer New Year in mid-April, connecting Prek Pnov in the north of Phnom Penh to Kandal province’s Takhmao City via six initial terminals, the ministry said yesterday.

Va Sim Sorya, a ministry spokesman, said six floating terminals were now being built and would later be transported to the docking points.

The six terminals would be in or near Prek Pnov, Russey Keo, the Night Market, Areiy Ksatr, Phrea Monivong and Takmao, but exact sites had not yet been selected, Sorya said.

“We expect that civil servants and workers at some factories [near the river] will use the service, and we hope it will help to reduce traffic congestion,” he said.

There are no details yet on transportation schedules, price, or the number of passengers each ferry will be able to carry, Sorya said, though he added that PPAP had confirmed that it would have two ferries available for the initial operation.

Though a public transportation system taking advantage of Phnom Penh’s waterways could potentially reduce the load on land transport, Cambodian people have typically favoured personal transport, which could pose a challenge for new schemes, Sorya said.

According to a post on the ministry’s Facebook page on Monday, the project includes plans to eventually expand the number of terminals to 15.

Last year, Phnom Penh City Hall and CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat’s LYP Group announced a similar water taxi project, to also run from Prek Pnov to Takhmao City and scheduled to launch early this year.

Representatives for City Hall could not be reached for yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused