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Transshipment operations at Colombo Port up by 20.4 per cent

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 previous year.

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.

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