Location Lure

Sept 13, 2010 (LBO) – Service providers in the trade hubs of Dubai and Singapore have shown interest in a new port in southern Sri Lanka where a request for proposals from businesses has been issued, an official said. “To attract volumes to Sri Lanka we must have capacity; otherwise we might not attract regional volumes on a large scale.” The Sri Lanka Ports Authority said it has issued a request for proposals from international and local firms or consortia to design, build, finance, manage and operate business ventures at the new port of Hambantota.

The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2010.

“Now we are getting a lot of requests from service providers in Singapore and Dubai,” SLPA chairman Priyath Wickrama said.

“From Hambantota they can easily feed both the east and west coast of the Indian sub-continent.”

Cargo flows are increasing from India whose economy is growing fast. Transhipment cargo from the Indian sub-continent is sent either through Colombo, Singapore or Dubai.

Both Singapore and Dubai have used their geographical location on the main East-West shipping route to emerge as trade and cargo hubs.

The SLPA has said it is keen to use the position of the new port at Hamban