Massive development projects for Colombo Port: Minister

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The Ports and Shipping Ministry will develop Jeya Container Terminal (JCT) of the Port of Colombo at a cost of US$ 25.7 Million (Rs. four billion approximately) by deepening it up to 15 metres, fixing three Gantry Cranes and extending the quay to facilitate two 350 metre ships at a time, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

“Cabinet approval has been granted to offer the contract to supply three Gantry Cranes to the JCT to Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd. and the contract to deepen the JCT to China Harbour Engineering Co. on the recomendation of the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC),” Minister Smarasinghe said.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Container Terminal (ECT) will also be developed as the deepest Container Terminal at the Port of Colombo enabling to berth massive ships, container carriers and oil tankers. In three other terminals at the Port of Colombo, Jeya Container Terminal (JCT) South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) and the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) don’t have facilities to take big ships. After the development of ECT it will provide facilities to berth the largest ships in the world. Today’s trend is that shipping companies merge themselves to form large conglomerates and build huge ships, containers and tankers to transport large amount of goods and fuel.

Minister Samarasinghe said however, an MOU had been signed to develop the ECT with Indian funding but the government after convincing the Indian government on the necessity to keep the ECT under the SLPA had abandoned the project. The ECT will be developed with the funding of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority alone.

Minister Samarasinghe noted that the trend in the global Shipping Industry was to amalgamate middle and smaller cargo companies and engage in international cargo transportation using mammoth container ships and tankers that could transport several hundred thousand tons of fuel and containers.

“Our target is to meet the global demand in cargo transportation and make Port of Colombo, one of the major ports in Asia for trans-shipment and bunkering and cargo handling,” Minister Samarasinghe stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • das Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:04 PM

    The fake government does not have the authority to order officers or personnel to do anything.

    MODA BURUWA Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:05 PM

    So , Massive commissions for you bunch of looters as well .

    Rubu Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:37 PM

    That is the ONLY reason that low inferior Chinese equipment highly overpriced are given preference. The Japanese equipment installed during the late 1970s is still functional while the Chinese crap installed in the 2000s after MR regime is malfunctioning or fallen apart!

    ravin Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:29 PM

    How much commission is there? Ali baba and forty thieves.

    smn Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:32 PM

    Please understand. This is not a joking time.

    Stunned Citizen Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:34 PM

    instead of building a white elephant, should this have been done years ago.....then again forgot,....had to make Commissions Noh.....now how much is the asking rate?

    Moiez Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:36 PM

    Go to hell. Don't talk bullshit.

    Reality Check Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:00 PM

    "will develop"Seriously? ha ha ha... donkeys who used to believe this crap... have left the building!

    Hodha Hitha Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:03 PM

    What projects within two weeks for you

    Saradiel Saturday, 24 November 2018 11:11 PM

    Oh shut up and go home please. We are sick of you opportunists.

    Deal Saturday, 24 November 2018 11:13 PM

    Another China Deal. How about a port in Kandy.

    soorapappa Sunday, 25 November 2018 01:23 PM

    massive development projects a.k.a massive commissions and bribes to him and and his goons.

    Mifaz Sunday, 25 November 2018 01:39 PM

    Naya nathuwa ona deyak..

    Gemunu Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:51 PM

    You are not a MP elected by people or a minister in a duly elected government.

    Sunil Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:22 PM

    How could he do anything when he a rogue Minister with no authority to touch a cent that belongs to the people.Do they take people to be dope addicts or mad like him? Stop lying to the people, please we have had enough of your nonsense and lies.

    rala Monday, 26 November 2018 10:03 AM

    Yes, massive development of personal accounts in Dubai and Seashells.

    Marcian Chris Monday, 26 November 2018 03:32 PM

    At the rate you all are going will there be import / export cargo for massive vessels to come to our Colombo Harbour? will it be the second to follow suit just like the other one?


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