Transshipment Operations at the Colombo Port
shows a tremendous increase during the last one year ending January 2018
according to Sri Lankan media reports.
As against 362,451 transshipment TEU operations
in the three container terminals of Colombo port including the Jaya Container
Terminal (JCT), South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) and the Colombo
International Container Terminal (CICT)in January 2017,the performance was
436,303 transshipment TEU operations for the month of January this year marking
a competitive increase of 20.4 per cent.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) controlled Jaya
Container Terminal (JCT), had handled 1,64,252 operations in January this year as against 114,282
transshipment operations performed for the month of January 2017, marking an
increase of 43.7 per cent.
The container throughput at the Sri Lanka Ports
Authority (SLPA) controlled terminals has also increased significantly compared
to the month of January 2018 compared to the previous year. Against 156,010
TEUs operated at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority in January 2017, the terminal
handled 194,688 TEUs, marking an increase of 24.8 per cent.
In January 2017 the Port of Colombo had handled a
total of 4, 84,866 TEUs that has increased to 5, 64,155 for the same period
this year. The Port of Colombo has marked an increase of 16.4 per cent in total
container throughput in January this 2018 compared to the corresponding period
Ship arrivals at the Port of Colombo in January
2018 also shows an increase compared to the ship arrivals of January last year.
The arrival of container vessels, conventional cargo vessels, other cargo
vessels and ships for repairs and bunkering have increased significantly
between January 2017 and January 2018.
Accordingly, the Port of Colombo has received 388
vessels in January this year against 339 calls received in January 2017 that
figures to a competitive 8.1 per cent increase between the periods. In January
this year, 332 container vessels called at the Port of Colombo that had
received only 304 container vessel calls in the same period of last year. It is
an increase of 9.2 per cent.
Nearly ninety per cent of the cargo transshipped
at the Port of Colombo comprise of cargo meant for east coast ports of India.
This has given rise to the demand for setting up an exclusive transshipment
port at the southern tip of India near Colachel for quite some time.
The relationship between the Management and SLPA
trade unions, collaborative support by all parties and stake holders engaged in
the port operations process has effectively contributed for the increase of
productivity at Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Creating history, the Port of
Colombo for the first time has recorded 6.2 million container operations in
December last year.