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 SLPA commences  work in the new year offering priority to religious activities

Hon.Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping (Projects) – Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Additional Secretary (Ports) – Mr.Anuradha Wijekoon, private Secretary to Hon. Minister of Hoghways, Port and Shipping – Mr.Chandra Rajapaksa, ,  Managing Director of SLPA – Capt.Nihal Keppetipola, Additional  Managing  Director of SLPA – Mr.Janaka Kurukulasooriya and other participants  are listening while the Chairman  of Slpa Dr.Priyath B. Wicrama speake at the occasion.

SLPA Chairman - Dr. Priyath B. Wicrama  is expressing his massage at the occasion of the SLPA new year works  commencement.

The SLPA employs are reading the State  Oath.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) commenced the new year 2014, offering priority to all religious activities at its Chaithya Premises and other  religious centres within the port with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping (Projects) – Rohitha Abeygunawardena and the Chairman of SLPA – Dr.Priyath B. Wickrama.

In an exclusive message at the occasion, Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama – Chairman of SLPA stated that it was momentous for SLPA to record a growth of 12.9% TEUs in transshipment operations from January to November last year compared to the same period of 2012. SLPA has also shown a 1.5% growth in domestic operations making the total growth of 8.3 in TEU operations. The Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of SLPA recorded 9884 TEU operations which was  its highest ever operations within a day on 02nd November 2013, whilst making the highest ever record of 2,35,750 TEU operations in one month in July last year.  In the year 2013 SLPA took steps to attract container vessels belonging to 07 major shipping lines  at the JCT.

“ We should appreciate the efficiency of all employees of SLPA including the staff and employees of the JCT for their dedicated performance to upgrade the  productivity of all operations,” Dr.Priyath B. Wickrama Chairman of SLPA stated.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has taken all trends of the international maritime sector into serious consideration in making and developing its future plans and strategies.  The Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) was commenced as a fruitful measure in this regard and SLPA is working towards building its East Terminal to commence operations in the near future.  Accordingly, a 400m terminal and a container yard facility will be constructed under phase I with a project cost of US $ 80 million.  The new terminal will be equipped with facilities to cater the largest and mega  container vessels  that would join the international maritime fleet during the coming years.

The internal access  road network within SLPA is also being rapidly developed with 6 lanes from Gate No 01 up to ‘Ingurukade’ Junction.  At present constructions of the Unity Container Terminal has been accomplished with the aid of the Government of Japan.  Initial plans to construct the 25 storied administrations building for  SLPA  are also underway.

SLPA in its port city  urban development plans and business diversification plans  has also planned to construct a Colombo Port City Development Project  filling a land area of 233 hectares in the ocean area in close proximity to the port premises.  With the facilities of  international level mega shopping malls, hotels and housing facilities to be leased out on this new project SLPA expects to collect  huge revenues to the national development.

Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama also stated that the SLPA has also taken steps to fully automate its transactions enabling its customers to obtain speedier services in all port activities.

Besides the development of the Port of Colombo, SLPA has also successfully launched the developments of Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota, Galle Port development, Oluvil Port development and Trincomalee Port Development.  In November last year the new fully fledged administrations building of MRMRP was also declared open by His Excellency  the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  MRMRP at present, is operating all RO-RO vessels to Sri Lanka.  The port also will commence bunkering operations in the near future.  All measures have successfully been taken to start several mega international export  industrial sites also in the industrial zone of the new port.

Dr.Priyath B. Wickrama – Chairman of SLPA  also conveyed his immense gratitude to His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the timely leadership and  guidance extended in this regard  and as the Minister of Highways, Port and Shipping as well as Hon. Minister of Highways, Port and Shipping (Projects) Rohitha Abegunawardena and the Secretary of the Ministry for all their dedicated assistance in making Sri Lanka the regional maritime hub in South Asia.

Secretary of the Ministry of Highways, Port and Shipping – Mr.R.W.R.Pemasiri, Additional Secretary (Ports) – Mr.Anuradha Wijekoon, private Secretary to Hon. Minister of Hoghways, Port and Shipping – Mr.Chandra Rajapaksa,  Managing Director of SLPA – Capt.Nihal Keppetipola, Additional Director of SLPA – Mr.Janaka Kurukulasooriya, Directors of SLPA, Heads of Divisions, Executive Officers, Union and Staff Members and large number of employees of SLPA were also present at the ceremony to mark the commencement of work of SLPA  in the new year.

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