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 SLPA for the first time in port history sets a record of handling 200,000 TEUs in one month
 

Container handling at Colombo Port..


Showcasing   its highest efficiency through the years, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), for the first time in the port history of  Sri Lanka has exceeded the  monthly throughput volume of 200,000 TEUs in last August. With the total TEU handling  of 201,217 for the month of last August, SLPA has been able to achieve a growth of 22% compared the same period of last year. Meanwhile the Port of Colombo has been able to handle 360,973 TEUs in last August which marks a 10% growth rate compared to the same period in last year. From the month of January 2010 up to last August, SLPA has been able to handle 1,392,959 TEUs. During the same period  for the last year it handled  1126511 TEUs. The present progress for the total period shows a growth of 24% in  the handling of TEUs by SLPA. The Port of Colombo handled a total of 2,735,898 TEUs from the month of January  to the month of August this year against the total of 2,257,026 TEUs handled during the same period in last year, that marked a record growth of 21%. 

Since the operations of the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of the Port of Colombo commenced in 1985, Colombo port has been able to reach the mark of handling of  2 million TEUs by 2004, while it has been able to increase the limit up to 4 million per annum  from 2005 to 2010. This also records a land mark point in making Sri Lanka a Maritime Hub, implemented under the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is commendable that the port has been able to achieve the present progressive status amidst hardships pertaining to the use of port equipments of more than 25 years old. Under the three year plan by the Chairman of SLPA Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama to develop the port sector in the country, steps have already been taken to reach into agreements to obtain latest new equipments in place of the existing age old port operations equipments. Accordingly, SLPA will be equipped with the newest operating equipments in may next year. With a special loan facility granted by the bank of Ceylon upon the mediation of the Ministry of Port and aviation, 03 STS gantry cranes and 24 RTG cranes will newly be utilized in SLPA. Meanwhile,  trialing of  the new  GPRS module that  has  already  been introduced at the Unity Container Terminal (UCT) of SLPA will sooner be implemented at the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) aiming to further boost the overall efficiency of the Colombo Port.  As an effective and timely solution to  reaching the highest capacities earlier than the expected period, special measures have been arranged at SLPA to obtain new yard facilities as well.   Currently,  SLPA handles 24 main line and 14 feeder operators, and with the continuous improvements over the past several years up to now it  would reach the 10 million TEU mark  by 2020. 

Under the guidance of the Chairman of SLPA Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama, all executive staff members of the JCT with the initiation of the Managing Director of SLPA Capt. Nihal Keppetipola have extended their dedicated contribution together with  all employees of SLPA to upgrade the standards of the highest efficiency levels at SLPA. At present, Sri Lanka Ports authority has implemented a special scheme of procedures to offer a maximum and efficient service for all its customers.  

Under ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ programme, 05 ports around the country are currently being developed, while the constructions of Magampura Port has also reached into its final stage. Before the end of this year it is expected to complete the constructions of both Magampura and Oluvil Ports. The present improvement procedures include development of existing yard facilities and the road network, building  a new cargo village, purchasing new equipments for port operations and establishment of a latest computer system enabling the port users to connect to SLPA via the internet. Altogether with the construction of a new administrations building enabling SLPA to extend all its port services under one stop shop these measures   will make SLPA the most dedicated arm of the national socio-economic development in the future.
(DN06092010)

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