Sri Lanka is seeking international bidders to supply 16 container cranes for the East Container Terminal (ECT) at Colombo Port which currently ranks 32nd in CM’s World Top Container Ports.
A proposal to procure four quay cranes and 12 RTGs has been approved by the government and the Ministry of Ports and Shipping will now instigate an international competitive bidding process.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has invested US$80m for the construction of the initial 400 m of the 1,200 m long East Container Terminal(ECT) to increase container handling capacity, and construction works are now in their final stage.
The ECT berths with an alongside water depth of 18m will accommodate container vessels 400 m long and 24 boxes wide. They are designed to support a 65 tonne ship to shore (STS) crane, a 30 m rail span, a back reach area and roadways.
According to SLPA, the terminals are being developed with modern technology such as computerised terminal management systems to help increase throughput, vessel turnaround, productivity and the revenues of Colombo Port.