prestigious Colombo port's deep water East terminal's commissioning has been
delayed indefinitely, the Sri Lankan port authority has taken up expansion of
the Jaya container terminal at the south harbor including commissioning of a
deep water berth, according to Sri Lankan media reports.
phase of the expansion process for the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) has begun
and the construction work will take 20 months to reach completion.
Container Terminal has four berths to accommodate four ships simultaneously,
named JCT 1 to JCT 4, and a further extension of the quay wall by 120 meters is
termed JCT 5.
On completion, JCT can handle two long
completion of this project around July 2022, there will be on 800-metre-long
straight quay wall, with an alongside water depth of 15 meters draft at JCT.
This will permit berthing of two long container ships, that are calling in
Colombo Port, but with the restriction of 14.2meters draft.
straight length of 660 meters till berth number four bars the accommodation of
two mega ships simultaneously. This will be the gain for the port as a result
of this expansion. There will also be additional yard area gained for stacking
requiring a draft of over 14.2 meters have to be accommodated only in the South
Harbour, where the water depth is 18 meters, where the Colombo International
Container Terminals (CICT) can handle them. If the East Container Terminal
(ECT) is operational, that berth, too, can accommodate these bigger ships.
Despite Corona interruptions, about 500
bigger ships handled in the South Harbour
about 370 ships that could not berth at other terminals have arrived in the
South Harbour. Even under Corona interruptions, about 500 bigger ships could
end up in the South Harbour. Consequently, the South Harbour's Colombo
International container terminals container handling could reach 3.2 million
long-term success of the Ports Authority it is essential that they operate in
the South Harbour with deep water depth. JCT 5 is an intermediate solution to
accommodate two longer ships in JCT. But
even this is available, after July 2022.
handling of a container ship, at ECT, in October this year, it is not known
whether container handling is progressing at ECT. The Ranil Wicremesinghe
government failed to commission the partly completed ECT berth, during their
tenure, losing massive revenues. The ECT issue was brought to public attention,
prior to the last general election, with trade union action by port employees
paralyzing the Colombo Port.