Cargo service supply center at Colombo Port
- Cabinet approves proposal to establish the centre
- Construction as a state-private joint partnership
By Imsha Iqbal
The Cabinet of Ministers granted the approval for the proposal submitted by the Minister of Ports and Shipping Rohitha Abeygunawardhana, under the objective of establishing a service provision centre focusing on the South Asian region, at the Colombo Harbour.
Further, the container terminal (UTC) has been identified as appropriate for a construction of an internal cargo operation centre at Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) with cargo service supply terminal facilities.
Accordingly, the Cabinet approval was granted in order to appoint a Negotiation Committee for the evaluation of the proposal that was submitted in terms of implementing a cargo service supply centre in the Colombo Port.
This construction has been decided to take place as a state-private joint partnership. It has also been recognised that the Battenberg and Bloomingdale area that belong to the Colombo South Harbour can be developed as service supply areas for the mentioned investment.
When it comes to the operations of East Container Terminal (ECT) and West Container Terminal (WCT), they have been anticipated to inaugurate their operations partially by the year of 2023. Thus, the operation capacity per annum within the port in Colombo is estimated to exceed 10 million equal units of 20 foot containers.
Due to this reason, the requirement of an immediate construction of a service supply centre has been created. The Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) has furnished a resolution for the purpose of said requirement.
The implementation of a cargo service supply centre under state-private joint partnership would be constructed in the Battenberg area of Colombo South Harbour, wiithin a portion of land of 5.3 hectares which is adjoining the South Asian Gate Terminal (SAGT) bounded by the Colombo Port City, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) as well as the East Container Terminal (ECT).
However, further actions in this regard would be taken in accordance with the recommendations made by the aforesaid Committee.