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Container throughput at Colombo Port keeps growing despite global recession.

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The Container throughout volumes of  Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in comparison to the January 2009 have shown a positive growth for the same period in 2010. Compared to the total of 136,994TEUs   handled by SLPA for the month of January 2009, SLPA has been able to handle 165, 400 TEUs for the same period of 2010 indicating a positive growth of 20.7%. This has also elevated  the overall throughput volumes at Colombo Port  in 26.7% for  January 2010 compared to  the same period of 2009. 

As a result of the global financial recession during the last few years,  Colombo port was also hit with a slight draw back resulting a change  of throughput volumes bringing  down the overall TEU handling at Colombo Port in -6.0% in 2009. However, it was reported  that most of the international container ports had experienced a double digit drop in TEUs mainly due to the global  financial melt-down. 

As a result of the implementation of the three year plan for the development and improvement of SLPA by its Chairman Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama together with the effective strategic steps taken  towards boosting the productivity at SLPA, under guidance by Hon. Minister of Port, Aviation, Irrigation and Water Management Chamal Rajapaksa,  it  marked a considerable improvement in the container through-put (TEUs) for the month of December 2009 again compared to the same period of 2008. Hence, while SLPA marked a growth of 12.5%. for  December 2009, Port of Colombo has also reached a growth of 19.2% for the same period. 

As an effective result of the steps taken  and team work headed  by the Chairman of SLPA, Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama, Managing Director Capt. Nihal Keppetipola together with the management of SLPA during the recent past, a number of shipping giants in the global marine transportation such as APL, Maersk and MSC were attracted to SLPA while several other  prominent international shipping lines  confident of the efficient operations, services and facilities extended  also  await to visit SLPA during the near future. 

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