The construction of the first stage at the East Container Terminal of the Port of Colombo will be completed and operations will begin from June 1, 2024, according to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation. This announcement was made during a recent meeting of the Energy and Transport Sectoral Oversight Committee. Representatives from the Ministry and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) were called before the committee to discuss the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (Amendment) Bill and other related reports. The Committee approved the bill.
The Ministry presented information to the committee, stating that the construction of both the East and West Terminals of the Colombo Port is progressing, with 20% completion reached for both terminals. The East Terminal is expected to be fully completed by the second quarter of 2025, along with the West Terminal.
The Port of Colombo is one of the busiest ports in South Asia, and the completion of these terminals will further enhance its capacity and efficiency. This development aligns with the government’s efforts to strengthen Sri Lanka’s position as a maritime hub in the region. The ministry’s performance report for 2022 was also discussed during the meeting, emphasizing the progress made in the development of the ports and shipping sector.