Two big shipping lines, four Sri Lankan conglomerates, and a
Middle East port operator will bid for the construction of the
Colombo South harbour terminal, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, officials
The seven parties have collected the bidding documents and were
present at the pre-bid meeting with Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)
officials to seek clarifications on the project, officials said.
The Request For Proposals (RFP) to build and operate the first
container in the new South Port of Colombo, being built next to the
existing harbour, was called in mid-February.
Among the notable absentees at the pre-bid meeting were the
front-runners in the previous bidding round, Port of Singapore
Authority (PSA Corp) and Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) of Hong Kong.
However, the bidding documents can be collected till April 10,
The four Sri Lankan conglomerates at the pre-bid meeting were
John Keells Holdings, Aitken Spence, Hayleys and Hemas. Another
conglomerate who had bid in the previous round, Carson Cumberbatch,
was not present. Bids will be opened by the Cabinet appointed
negotiating committee on behalf of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority on
May 19. Two shipping lines also took part, Maersk, the world's
biggest shipping line, and APL, another big shipping line.
In addition Gulftainer, a port operator based in Sharjah in the
UAE, and South Asia Gateway Terminals, who manage the Queen
Elizabeth Quay facilities in Colombo were also present. Further, the
Colombo South Development project is expected to complete the
construction as scheduled, SLPA sources said.
The other parties at the pre-bid meeting were Standard Chartered
Bank, Asian Development Bank, which has lent money to build the
breakwater for the new port, and China Harbour Engineering Company,
one of the Chinese contractors building a new port in Southern