The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is looking to take steps to expedite work at the new East Container Terminal (ECT) in the Port of Colombo, its chairman Capt. Nihal Keppetipola has said.
Speaking at a meeting with the Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA), he said that a process would be implemented to accelerate the procurement and purchasing of machinery for operations at ECT.
After a long-running political saga, it was decided earlier this year that Sri Lanka would take a majority share in ECT, with private Indian company Adani Ports to become the lead operator at West Container Terminal (WCT).
Keppetipola noted that he hopes to submit comments and proposals immediately for the improvement of maritime facilities in the Port of Colombo in line with the government’s national policy framework.
This will go towards expediting the construction of ECT and developing Sri Lanka as a maritime hub in South Asia.
The SLPA will also provide immediate assistance with the construction of WCT, he added.