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* Sri Lanka expanding ports network to attract more business
Fri, Mar 12, 2010, 10:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has initiated a number of projects to expand the ports network in the country to attract more service form the international shipping industry, the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Aviation Ranjith de Silva said today at a press briefing.

Under a project to expand operations, the Colombo Harbour will be widened by adding another 286 hectares from the sea to meet the demand for services in the international marine industry, the Secretary informed.

The project was undertaken in two stages after carrying out a feasibility of developing the Southern Zone of the Harbour. The building of infrastructure of the harbour and other constructions are due to be completed by April 2012.

Construction of the first breakwater which is 2100 meters in length has been completed according to schedule.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema meanwhile, said Sri Lanka will play a significant role in the international shipping industry in coming years and the country can enjoy more privileges after commissioning the Hambantota Harbour project.

The Chairman described that the Hambantota port is to operate as a technical and supply hub in Indian Ocean creating thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities.

The construction process of the port is being carried out in four stages. The Chairman said the first phase of the construction work of the port will be completed by November and the work in the second phase will commence before the end of this year.

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