Ten vessels which had sunk outside and within the Kankasanthurai Port in Northern Sri Lanka have been removed.
According to the Resolve Marine Group, which has handled the removal program, the ship wreck has obstructed safe navigation in the area and effectively prevented commercial activity in the port.
RESOLVE says, it took over the mapping, removal and disposition of the vessels which have sunk during the period of LTTE conflict between 1994 to 2000.
Initially, the Indian based firm has been only contracted to remove the known wreckage of six vessels, however the team has later encountered four additional vessels inside the Harbor during the survey phase.
The project has been handled in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Navy since June 2011.
According to RESOLVE, with the completion of the wreck removal phase, dredging and rehabilitation of the breakwater/pier and construction of new pier and port facilities will proceed.
It is anticipated that the port rehabilitation project will result in increased trade in the Jaffna peninsula and restoration of economic activity in the Northern Province.
Courtesy: Maritime Executive
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