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SL To Be Made Maritime Center In South Asia

Jul 2, 2011 7:22:14 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The government has said that ports in the country would be developed and given priority in order to make Sri Lanka the leading maritime center in South Asia.

Deputy Ports and Highways Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena has said that the completion of the over US$ 330 million Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP), which is expected to be completed in April 2012, would re-position the country as the pearl of the silk route.

Abeygunawardena has added that the CPEP includes the establishment of a new marine operations centre, relocation of a submarine oil pipeline, navigational aids and the construction of shore utilities.

According to the Deputy Minster, large vessels that are unable to access the Colombo port will be able to enter the new port and the container handling capacity is to be doubled.