The Trincomalee port is set to double its capacity with the installation of night navigation the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said in a press release issued today Nov 3.
The project was completed with One billion Yen assistance from Japan, the release said.
“This enables the Trincomalee harbour to handle deep drafts and doubles its capacity. This also makes the port operational 24 hours,” Ports Minister Sagala Ratnayaka was quoted as saying by the communique.
Trincomalee is one of the biggest deepwater natural harbours in the world and its development was stymied by the three-decade-long separatist conflict.
“During the implementation of the project, two 500 KW generators have been installed at the jetty and the yard of the Trincomalee port in order to facilitate night navigation. While Japan provided the light equipment, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) invested close to Rs. 80 million to construct radar towers” the release added.
Japan has also provided a pilot boat which will ferry maritime pilots from and to the inbound or outbound ships that they are piloting.
“The National Ports Master Plan lays out a comprehensive development plan for the Trincomalee port and we will tap into its full potential. The area around the Trincomalee will be identified and developed as an export hub,” the Minister explained.
“The Trincomalee port is well-positioned to handle dry bulk cargos for the country. Especially with the planned corridor development and rail connections, the port can emerge as important dry bulk and general cargo port. The establishment of a refinery and power stations would create an additional node in Sri Lanka’s industrial development,” he added.