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Port of Colombo Development Projects, Sri Lanka (1980 to 2005)

Employer : Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Government of Sri Lanka
Location : Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), in implementing its economic development proposals, has liberalized imports, established free trade zones close to Colombo and has undertaken vast irrigation and hydroelectric projects, besides improving every sector of the country’s economy. This has resulted in an immediate increase in throughput of the Port of Colombo. It is encouraging to note that a large percentage of the total exports of Sri Lanka is containerizable cargo. It has also been established that the port has good potential for transshipment container cargo. In response to a request from GOSL, the Government of Japan (GOJ) undertook in 1978 a feasibility study for the improvement of the port and worked out a port master plan in 1980 with target year of 1988. The port development has continued until 2005 with a series of financial assistance from GOJ for 25 years in compliance with the port master plan reviewed and updated in 1988. JPC have participated in all Japanese ODA studies and projects related to the development of Port of Colombo as a member of Joint Venture Consultants and as Prime Consultant, respectively.

Major port facilities and equipment provided under the projects include :
1) Jaya Container Terminal No. 1 (JCT 1)
– Container berth (12 m deep, 300 m long)
– Container yard (9.75 ha)
– Container freight station (CFS) and other port buildings
– 2 Quayside container cranes, 5 transfer cranes;
2) Jaya Container Terminal No. 2 (JCT 2)
– Container berth (13 m deep, 330 m long)
– Container yard (9.94 ha)
– CFS and other port buildings
– 2 Quayside container cranes, 5 transfer cranes;
3) Jaya Container Terminal No. 3 (JCT 3)
– Container berth (13.5 m deep, 330 m long)
– Container yard (7.61 ha)
– CFS and other port buildings
– 2 Quayside container cranes, 6 transfer cranes;
4) Jaya Container Terminal No. 4 (JCT 4)
– Container berth (14 m deep, 330 m long)
– Container yard (6.56 ha)
– CFS and other port buildings
– 4 Quayside container cranes, 9 transfer cranes;
5) Unity Container Terminal No. 4 (UCT)
– North berth (11 m deep, 200 m long)
– 3 Quayside container cranes, 8 transfer cranes;
6) Port access roads;
7) Oil berth (14 m deep), pipelines;
8) Computer systems; and
9) Main and north access channels.