The Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, seen from above
The National Ports Master Plan aims to strengthen the port sector in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka National Port Masterplan

Achieving the most competitive and preferred ports and shipping destination in the region

For the island nation Sri Lanka, maritime transport is essential. It is a leading transport model for international trade and accounts for a huge amount of Sri Lanka’s international logistics costs.

Sri Lanka plays a substantial role as a regional transport hub because of its strategic location and needs to keep strengthening the ports' capacity and competitiveness in order to maintain its role despite severe competition from the ports of other nations. The preparation of a master plan for the port is therefore necessary.

The outcome

The project will help the government develop a national master plan for its port sector, including the restructuring of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Harmonized and balanced port development facilitated in the nation will contribute to the result of the project; the most competitive and preferred ports and shipping destination in the region.

The project has two outputs: the national port master plan and a technical review of the final design of the elevated highway to the port.

How NIRAS assists the client, ADB:

  • Technical support for the preparation of development plans for the ports of Colombo and Trincomalee
  • Concept designs for expansion proposals in Colombo: Passenger terminal, South Port and North Port
  • Concept designs for port of Trincomalee including Oil terminals and dry bulk terminals.
  • Preparation of cost estimates.