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SLPA to call for EOI to develop KKS

by malinga
February 21, 2024 1:10 am 0 comment

New cargo terminal to be built :
Cement Corp. land to be acquired:

The Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) is focusing on rapidly developing the Kankesanturai Port (KKS) and converting it to a major passenger and cargo hub to mainly service the rapidly developing Northern Province.

Chairman SLPA, Keeth Bernard told Daily News Business that the SLPA had invested around Rs. 450 million so far. Bernard said that they will call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) this month to redevelop the KKS port.

The KKS Port, with a rich and lengthy history, began its operations as a commercial port coinciding with the establishment of the Cement Factory in Kankesanturai in 1950 but was partly abandoned after LTTE hostilities.

Ushering in a new era of maritime travel and tourism in Sri Lanka, particularly in the Northern region, the KKS reopened in June 2023 with the inaugural vessel MS Empress from Cordelia Cruises, calling over. This was followed up by another ferry linking KKS with India. The Indian government too played a key role towards the reopening of the harboUr along with the Sri Lanka Navy.

“The harbour played a key role in facilitating the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka and we want to further develop this as the ferry service is expected to resume soon.”

“In addition, to increase cargo movements we are reinvesting in this segment as well. We are awaiting a USD 61 million credit facility from India to add more infrastructures to the KKS Port.”

Under this development a new pier, modern duty free facility would be introduced while the passenger terminal facilities too would be upgraded.

The dredging in the turning basin up to a depth of 8 meters has already been completed to ensure cargo handling work continuously without interruption. The EXIM Bank has also assisted in the development of KKS.

In addition a new warehouse facility would be introduced while a bay bridge and other faculties would be introduced to attract more vessels. It has also been planned to repair and rehabilitate the existing breakwaters, piers and roads including dredging and wreck removal.

“We are hoping to acquire an abandoned land for the Cement Corporation premises for the KKS expansion.”

The ongoing development at the KKS port heralds a new era for the people of the North in Sri Lanka. He also said that plans are underway to redevelop the Trincomalee Port as an industrial port. “There is a master plan prepared for this.”

Shirajiv Sirimane

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