Kerala Port to Gobble SLPA Business????

  • 5 Oct 2008 16:50:17 GMT

    Well we have to act really fast!

  • 5 Oct 2008 16:54:10 GMT

    [More About Colombo Port]

    [Janaka Kurukulusuriya, Chief Engineer Southern Port Developments]

    The capacity of the first terminal is 2.4 m TEU.

    Until such time we have planned to introduce six quayside gantry cranes, 30 RTGs, 53 yard tractors & trailers and state of art Terminal management system to enhance the capacity to fill up the gap till 2012 .

    He further said, The interest shown by the key players in transshipment business in south container terminal of CPEP shows the demand for Colombo. It is true that we won t be able to capture the entire business in the Indian subcontinent, but we are quite confident that we can attract our planned share without difficulty.


    [Construction of the Colombo Breakwater]

    The creation of an artificial harbour to increase the shipping capacity of Ceylon was first suggested by the Earl of Carnarvon in 1866.

    At this time the favoured location was Galle at the extreme south of the island. But in 1870 the Governor, Sir Hercules Robinson, reported in favour of Colombo (whose commercial status was rapidly growing as a result both of the completion of the Suez Canal and of the Colombo-Kandy Railway) and Robert Townsend, the engineer responsible for Plymouth Breakwater, was sent out to make a feasibility study.

    He too was impressed by Colombo s natural advantages over Galle, and advised the construction of a breakwater across the harbour mouth. In 1872 the great harbour engineer Sir John Coode drew up plans for a breakwater running north from Customs House Point at the southern entrance and enclosing 500 acres of sheltered moorings.

    This plan was accepted in 1873, with land reclamation for a coal depot and the dredging of shallow portions of the harbour also included in the project.

    John Kyle was appointed Resident Executive Engineer and arrived in May 1873 to organise such necessary preliminaries as the opening of a quarry at Mahara (11 miles from Colombo), the formation of a blockyard at Galle Buck near the works, and the construction of a railway to transport stone from one site to the other.

    The main body of engineering staff arrived in Ceylon in June 1874. The blockyard site was levelled, workshops and cranes installed, and in October the first trainload of rubble was delivered to Colombo. Three hundred convicts were used for loading the trains and over the period of construction nothing less than 100 tons per day (with a record of 600 tons) were shifted.

    By December 1882 the commercial advantages of a sheltered anchorage were becoming evident, and in the June of that year the P and O Royal Mail steamships abandoned their base at Galle in favour of Colombo. Between 1883 and 1889 the value of shipping passing through Colombo increased by 60% and steady growth continued throughout the century.

    The breakwater, 4212 feet long, was completed in April 1885 at a cost of 705,207. In 1891, Sir John Coode was asked to design a further breakwater, but his death in 1892 prevented him working on the project.

    The work was therefore entrusted to Sir William Matthews who erected two further breakwaters, at the North-East and North-West corners of the harbour, so that by the turn of the century Colombo was able to provide 640 acres of enclosed anchorage, impervious to the effects of either the SW or NE monsoons.



    The city of Colombo derives its name from the Port of Kolomtota (Colombo harbour), which dates back to the Sinhalese Kotte kingdom of the 14th Century.

    Kolomtota was the port first used by merchants from China and the Far East, India and Persia, who came to trade in the island s famous spices.

    In 1505 however, 443 years of foreign occupation began in Sri Lanka, when the Portuguese fleet sailed into Colombo s harbour. After more than a century and a half, the Dutch followed and occupied the country from 1656 to 1796. Then came the British, ruling the region as a colony until a few years after World War II.

    It was during the latter part of British rule, that the Port of Colombo was upgraded and converted to a sheltered harbour. After independence was granted in 1948 the Port was expanded with the construction of the Queen Elizabeth Quay, together with the completion of 16 alongside berths, transit sheds, and warehouses. The 1980 s saw the Port undergo rapid modernisation with the installation of Cranes, Gantries and other staples of a contemporary container terminal. This progress was to continue in to the 90 s with deepening the access channel and improving throughput to record levels. To this day, the Port of Colombo is rated as one of the top 35 ports in the world.

    Current facilities

    Capacity - 4.1 Million TEU s

    07 Container Berths

    04 Feeder Berths

    15M Dredged Depth

    26 Quay Cranes, which include 12 Super Post Panamax Cranes

    75 Rubber Tyred Gantries and 04 Rall Mounted Gantries

    260 Terminal Tractors and Trailers

    Development plans

    A new South Harbour adjacent to the Port of Colombo has been planned in order to meet the increasing need for greater capacity. A feasibility study has already been completed and handed over to the Sri Lankan Government for this project, the 1st stage of which is due to commence within the next two years and be completed within a period of five years.

    This facility which is designed for 12 deep draught berths on completion, will accommodate the latest generation of container vessels as well as those which will enter service in the near future.

    The new South Harbor will be able to comfortably meet the projected demands placed on the Port of Colombo as the premier hub seaport in the region.


    [Comparison of sizes (wikipedia)]

    Class Panamax Panamax II

    Length 1050 ft (320.04 m) 1400 ft (426.72 m)

    Width 110 ft (33.53 m) 180 ft (54.86 m)

    Draft 41 ft (12.50 m) 60 ft (18.29 m)

    TEU 5000 12000

    (This is an internet researched story but counter checked with local authority. Much of the research material has been drawn from website sources).

  • 5 Oct 2008 17:01:21 GMT


    As I said, the earlier article is excellent,... keep writing,...every week.. just like a weekend update for LNP....

    Mr. Brown,

    We should promote Rapa`s into the main page,..

  • 5 Oct 2008 17:21:36 GMT

    Piyal thanks... Should be able to... Maybe every sunday`s..

  • 5 Oct 2008 19:31:57 GMT

    Yes, this is a good article.

    Write short articles for small themes. People will comment.