SLPA signs consultancy deal to conduct feasibility for Colombo North Port

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Feb 24, 2020 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has signed the consultancy service agreement to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Colombo North Port development project.

SLPA said in a statement that they have signed the agreement with AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited on 20 February 2020.

SLPA needs a long term plan for the next 30 years to enhance the additional capacity need for container handing capacity of around 35 m TEU.

In consideration of these issues, Sri Lanka Ports Authority has planned to develop this new port, the Colombo North Port, on the northern side of the existing Port of Colombo.

The proposed Colombo North Port may spread from the Kelani River in the Modara area, up to the existing northern breakwater of the Colombo Port.

SLPA intends to use the proposed Colombo North Port for liquid bulk, dry bulk, Ro-Ro, and containers. The North Port has been planned to implement in stages depending on the demand.

SLPA focused to provide infrastructure facilities and port services well ahead of the demand.

Full statement

The development of Port of Colombo has focused on the demand for container Transshipment and related logistics businesses instead of the growth of the domestic market. As the Port of Colombo is situated in the commercial city of Colombo, finding an area for container transshipment and logistics development is a challenging issue for the Port industry.

The South Port of Colombo has planned to cater to the container transshipment demand from the Indian subcontinent and having any other commodity terminal services in the South port of Colombo is inappropriate.

As the energy demand of the country increases rapidly with the large developments taking place in the Colombo city, the requirement of a terminal facility for the importation of liquefying Natural Gas to the Colombo sounds a mandatory requirement. Further, considering the gas ships require a sheltered area, and the berth occupancy and usage in the existing Port of Colombo is already congested and the demand to have another sheltered area adjoining to the port of Colombo is in the discussion.

The South Port of Colombo predominately focuses on transshipment and domestic container handling. The capacity of Port of Colombo within the existing breakwaters is around 12 million TEU per annum. The extension of West Container Terminal brings the capacity of Port of Colombo at the range of 15 m TEU. This has been planned for the next 10 years for which feasibility study and detailed technical study have been completed and ready to implement.

SLPA needs a long term plan for the next 30 years to enhance the additional capacity need for container handing capacity of around 35 m TEU. In consideration of these issues, Sri Lanka Ports Authority has planned to develop a new port, the Colombo North Port, on the northern side of the existing Port of Colombo. The proposed Colombo North Port may spread from the Kelani River in the Modara area, up to the existing northern breakwater of the Colombo Port. SLPA intends to use the proposed Colombo North Port for liquid bulk, dry bulk, Ro-Ro, and containers. The North Port has been planned to implement in stages depending on the demand. SLPA focused to provide infrastructure facilities and port services well ahead of the demand.

Accordingly, SLPA has planned to do a feasibility study for the Colombo North Port Development Project focused on expanding the capacity of container handling while serving all other port servicers expected from the industry.

Under the ADB funded Transport Project Preparatory Facility, SLPA had a portion to use for the Feasibility study related to the proposed Colombo North Port Project. The duration of the study is expected to be 15 months.

SLPA has initiated the procurement process through Expression of Interest and subsequently the Request for Proposal and selected the consultant for the feasibility study for the Colombo North Port Development Project. Accordingly, with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers, SLPA has signed the agreement with AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited on 20th February 2020. The project has also received the guidance of Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando and Hon.State Minister of Port Development Affairs Kanaka Herath.

The agreement was signed by General Daya Ratnayake the Chairman of SLPA and Capt. Athula Hewavitharana Managing Director of SLPA and Mr. Ralph Lionel Phillips, Regional Director, authorized representative of AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited. Further, Peter Neville Jones, Technical Director of AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited also participated in the event. event.