Don Wootton, a director of Scott Wilson, said he was delighted to be awarded the contract "on technical merit in the face of stiff international competition. Many hub ports can claim to be strategically located but few can rival Colombo's undisputed position," he said.
Colombo is midway between Asia Pacific and the Mediterranean and is adjacent to the main shipping lanes serving East Asia, North Europe and North-east America.
The terminals will be privately operated and built using private funds. Among Scott Wilson's duties in the development will be to review and advise changes to the current port legislation, finalise the masterplanning and engineering, and provide a "robust and bankable business plan for the phased development".