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Minister pledges Colombo East Container Terminal will be completed by mid next year

Colombo (LNW): The ongoing construction of the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port is set to be completed by mid-next year, marking the commencement of operations.

The Ministry overseeing the project has announced that upon completion, the terminal’s jetty will span 1,400 meters, accommodating the simultaneous berthing of three mega ships.

During a special inspection visit to the construction site, Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation, disclosed that a total of USD 585 million has been allocated for the terminal’s development, facilitated by financial provisions from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The construction is being undertaken by China Engineering and Access Engineering.

The ECT is designed to feature 12 gantry cranes and 40 transfer cranes, with an estimated container yard area of 75 hectares. It is anticipated to handle 3 million containers annually and will operate as a semi-automated terminal, incorporating digital technology.

There is potential for the Colombo Port to be recognised as one of the primary ports in Asia, Silva emphasised, advocating for the implementation of a strategic process to position Colombo as the hub port of Asia, attracting more ships and solidifying its status as a key maritime destination.

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