Dec 29, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lankan logistics firm FPS Lanka is considering setting up offices in the new southern port of Hambantota and in eastern Trincomalee harbour to handle an anticipated influx of cargo flows for post-war reconstruction. It expects new logistics contracts to be awarded in the first quarter of 2011 as projects get finalised, FPS Lanka managing director Gihan Nanayakkara told LBO in an interview.
The firm is a joint venture between Bertling Logistics India and Famous Pacific Shipping which got together to offer logistics services, especially given the expected increase in cargo flows for post-war reconstruction and growth.
Sri Lanka’s 30-year ethnic war ended in May 2009 resulting in an economic boom, with growth forecast to hit eight percent this year, along with a sharp increase in tourists.
Nanayakkara said the joint venture is the first time the parent firms are collaborating and the partnership could be extended to other locations if necessary.
Sri Lanka embarked on huge infrastructure projects even before the war ended, with several highways, railways, power plants and high-rise buildings being built along with an airport and port in Hambantota and another port in Colombo.
Hambantota port was op