Lankan Port Authority has declared that the Colombo Port is functioning without
any disruption in cargo handling amidst reports last week that forty customs
officials functioning in the port have been sent for qurantine.
The move by
the customs followed when two senior officials of their unit at the Colombo
Port entrance gate were found positive for corona virus.
the incident was reported by the media, Chairman of the Port authority General
Daya Ratnayke has issued a clarificatory statement. The statement itself says
the port is going through a challenging period.
All operations at the Port of Colombo
continued without any interruption
operations at the Port of Colombo continued without any interruption. All port
premises and access gates are keenly monitored around the clock and
systematically disinfected. Randomly selected teams working and engaging at
various capacities in the Port of Colombo and other ports in the country are
regularly subjected to PCR and antibody tests. The medical advice given on the
results of those tests is facilitated to be followed in the same manner.
I take this
opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to all those who contribute to the
continuation of efficient and reliable operations of all ports of the Sri Lanka
Ports Authority ( SLPA) and all terminals operating in the Port of Colombo and
elsewhere in the country during this challenging period. All of your services
are equally important.
some parties with vested interests are giving inappropriate and manipulated
interpretations to the work that we all continue to do collectively to ensure
the safety of all. There is a risk of spreading unnecessary fear in the
society, including among stakeholders and other interested parties in shipping
and maritime industry, due to these hyperbolical stories propagating by these
SLPA has promulgated the all necessary
health measures as quickly as the pandemic was reported
like to reaffirm that SLPA has promulgated the all necessary health measures as
quickly as the pandemic was reported and started disrupting the global supply
chain. Our priority is the health and well-being of all. Accordingly, strictly
health measures have introduced for the smooth operation of the Port, the heart
of the country a.k.a. the lifeline of the nation.
Due to the
precarious situation prevailing in the country, the number of employees
required to report for duty is limited.
The special precautionary arrangement followed by strictly health
guidelines has been introduced and implemented for all employees reporting for
duties. Other employees have instructed to perform their duties from home.
Everyone's role is crucial and equally
all of your continued supports are crucial at this need of the moment to make
the terminal operations and port activities, an essential service in the
country, more successfully. It is important to recall that the challenges we
face shall easily overcome through collective action and sincere commitments.
We all have a responsible role to play in defending the health and well-being
of all and conserve the Terminal and Port operations and other activities.
Everyone's role is crucial and equally essential.