Port eyeing global shipping lines:
Magampura Port constructions
The Magampura Port is negotiating with several international shipping
lines to attract more vessels. Four shipping lines have already shown
interest in obtaining the services of the port.
“Three international vessels will be handled as industrial general
cargo at the Magampura port before the end of this year,” Sri Lanka
Ports Authority Chairman Dr Priyath B Wickrama told Daily News Business.
“The Government can bring in more vessels to the portbut the private
sector including all the Chambers and Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council should
provide assistance to promote the harbour,” he said.
Six ships including a passenger, cargo and sailing vessel will be
harboured at the Magampura port initially.
Three other vessels will also harbour later today to mark the
commencement of the port.
This will be a tax free port operated under the Sri Lanka Ports
Services such as industrial value addition, bulk storage,
warehousing, cement and fertilizer storage, bunkering, water supplying,
crew changing and ship repairing will be provided.
The Magampura port will provide 1,000 employment opportunities within
the first six months of its first phase. Another 6,000 direct and 50,000
indirect employment opportunities will be provided within three years