The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) expects the shortfall in container handling capacity at the Port of Colombo to be addressed this December 2014 with the completion of the Phase I construction of a new terminal.
The East Container Terminal (ECT), a single berth of the US$330m Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP), is designed to handle container vessels of 230,000 dwt, with dimensions of 400 m long and 24 boxes wide, with a water depth of 18 m. The quay is designed to support a 65-ton ship-to-shore crane.
Work is “almost in line” on quality, cost and time frames.
An SLPA statement said: “By the end of the second quarter this year, the physical progress of the construction of the terminal is at 43.2%; the Financial Progress of work done by the end of April is 34%.”
The terminal has adopted several pieces of green technology including electric rubber-tyred-gantry (E-RTG) cranes to accommodate 12 dry lanes for import, export and empties and one reefer lane; a shore power facility, sewer treatment plants, a solid waste collection system, the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and green belt areas alongside roads, all add to the port’s ‘green credentials’.
Other major infrastructure works include main and secondary breakwater construction, dredging of the main channel, re-routing of a submarine crude oil pipeline, construction of a pilot station and construction of roads and services.
The CPEP, which was jointly financed by the Asian Development Bank (81.7% of the cost) and the SLPA (18.3%), has already established one terminal – the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT).
The CICT was constructed on a built own transfer (BOT) agreement with a public-pPivate-pPrtnership (PPP) between the SLPA and the China Merchants Holdings (International) Co.
CPEP boasts a total annual container throughput of 7.2m teuand a breakwater of 6.8 km.