Sri Lanka builds piers for ferries to link northern islands

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ports and Shipping Ministry said four piers and a slipway are to be built to cater to passenger ferry transport in the islands off the northern Jaffna peninsula.

The new infrastructure was needed to develop regular costal transportation services enabling people to travel between seven inhabited islands and the peninsula, a statement said.

“Even though there were jetties located in every island they were not properly maintained,” the statement said.

The new jetties are being built with the expertise and labour of the navy which has a presence on the islands.

Northern Naval Commander Priyantha De Silva said that under the project new piers will first be built in the Eluvativu and  Analathivu islands, with the former already under construction.

About 10 boats can be anchored at each pier, the ports ministry said.

Construction of a slip way is also underway for maintenance work and to provide quality assurance certification for vessels.
(COLOMBO, Sept 8, 2016)

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