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Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has identified the expansion of Port of Colombo to cater the increasing demand of services in the international shipping industry.  After comprehensive studies the proposed development project is called "Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP)".  

The Colombo Port Expansion Project is situated west to the  existing port of colombo comprising an area of approximately 600 hectares.  The new harbour has 3 terminals each having 1,200m length and facilities to accommodate 3 berths alongside.  The small boat harbour at the end of secondary breakwater has 400m length of quay wall.  New buildings for pilot station and crew accommodation are to be constructed at the head of secondary breakwater.

The Port of Colombo which had a capacity about 4.5 million TEUs and to be increased the total capacity by another 7.2 million TEUs in two separate phases under this development.

The new harbour basin has a turning circle of 800m, Basin depth of 18m and two way access channel of 570m width and 20m depth.  


Harbour Infrastructure Works (CPEP-HIW) –

The project consist a a main breakwater of 5.14km length, Secondary Breakwater of 1.65km length, access channel of 20m depth, 570m width and 9km length and basic infrastructures.

Project was commenced on 11th April 2008 and successfully completed on 30th September 2012.  The project cost was Rs. 42 billion.

Construction of Terminals and other related services -

1. South Container Terminal - CICT

2. East Container Terminal    - SLPA


1. South Container Terminal - CICT


South Container Terminal has been developed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) under BOT basis with. Colombo International Container Terminals Limited and SLPA. It consists a 1200m long quay wall, 18m depth basin and a yard capacity of 2.4 million TEUs.

CICT commenced construction works of the terminal in December 2011 and completed the works and commenced operation in 2013 with an envisaged investment of US$ 500 million.


2. East Container Terminal - Phase I


In the master plan of Colombo Port Expansion Project, the East Container Terminal has a 1200m long Quay wall, alongside water depth of 18m and a yard capacity of 2.4 million TEUs.

The SLPA has completed a 440m single berth as the first phase of the ECT development plan to cater the shortfall in the capacity of container handling in the port of colombo.  This consists of 440m quay wall alongside water depth of 18m and successfully completed in May 2015 with a project cost of USD 80 million.

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