The Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour – currently operated by the Sri Lankan Navy – is set to be transformed into a port that can handle general cargo.

Minister of Ports and Shipping and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka commented: “This will immensely help our import and export sectors, making a direct impact on the economy. It will also develop infrastructure in the area, and generate a large number of direct and indirect employment opportunities.”

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), which is in charge of this major transformation, is in the process of appointing consultants for the initial planning of the project. Following the initial assessments, a builder will be selected to begin the construction process. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020.