India’s US $ 400 mn Sethusamudram canal is aimed at improving Indian security and will not threaten Sri Lanka economically, say experts. India’s US $ 400 mn Sethusamudram canal is aimed at improving Indian security and will not threaten Sri Lanka economically, say experts. Local experts say Sethusamudram will only accommodate feeder vessels and the time difference between navigating the canal and going around Sri Lanka, will be negligible.
“The canal depth will allow only vessels of 11m draught,” said Rohan Abeywickrama, a consultant to the UNDP and the ADB on shipping, on Thursday at a seminar at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
“The average time saved by using the canal instead of going round Sri Lanka is put as 25 hours for a vessel speed of 12 knots, but the real saving, with manoeuvring times included, is round 12 hours,” says Abeywickrama.
For a ship going between Europe and the Far East “the difference,” says Abeywickrama, “is negligible.”