Sri Lanka Ports Authority to call international bids for container cranes

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is to call for international competitive bids to buy container handling cranes required for a new terminal being built by it in the Colombo port, a government spokesman said.

The SLPA has invested 80 million US dollars to build the initial 400 metres of the 1,200 metre-long East Container Terminal in the new Colombo South Harbour, said Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

“Construction work on the project is in the final stage,” he told a news conference to announce decisions by the cabinet of Ministers.

The cabinet had approved a proposal by Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga to buy four container handling cranes and 12 gantry cranes for the East Terminal, Senaratne said.

“The SLPA will pursue the international competitive bidding method as prescribed in government procurement guidelines,” he said. 

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