Feb 05, 2009 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has issued a long-awaited call for bids for a container terminal in a new deep-draft port being built next to the existing Colombo harbour. Bids will be opened by the Cabinet appointed negotiating committee on behalf of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority on May 19.
Construction of the breakwaters for the new port is underway with funding mainly by the Asian Development Bank.
South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company is doing the breakwater and dredging under the supervision of Britain’s Scott Wilson.
The new harbour will be served by a two-way channel with a depth of 20 metres and width of 570 metres.
In the first phase of construction the breakwaters will enclose a basin area of 285 hectares which will support three new terminals each with a quay length of 1.2 kilometres and a land area of 58 hectares
The basin will be dredged to -18 metres with provision to deepen it to -21 metres should a new generation of deep-draft vessels come into operation
Proposals have been called from international or local firms or consortia to design, build, finance, manage, operate and transfer the new container termin