Colombo, Apr 12 : The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) have announced that they are in the process of purchasing three Ship to Shore (STS) cranes from China under the expansion of the state-run Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) 5 to enable berthing of bigger ships.
Sagala Ratnayaka, Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister said " The 25 million US dollar investment has been approved by a Cabinet-appointed procurement committee. "This is the first step in a rapid, accelerated expansion program to cater to the growing demand from our customers. We will continue to listen and improve as required by market conditions, he said.
The government last year decided to expand JCT 5 with a wider quay and modern equipment, at an investment of 70 million dollars.
“This will allow two 360 meter vessels to berth at the Colombo Port at the same time,” Ratnayaka said, Sri Lanka's EconomyNext reported.
“The Cabinet approval for the purchase was given last week that the SLPA will buy the cranes from a Chinese supplier, selected according to the Cabinet-approved procurement process.”
Ratnayaka said the new infrastructure development drive would project Colombo as a more competitive port in the region and support its global ranking. “The port must attract greater transhipment cargo traffic volume – thus directly increasing foreign exchange earnings. To achieve this, we must be more attractive than all neighbouring ports – financially, efficiency-wise, and in terms of ease of doing business,” he said.UNI