The state owned Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), witnessed the highest growth of 23.3 per cent
in transshipment container throughput for the first nine months (from January
to September) in 2018 as against the corresponding period in 2017. During the
first nine months of 2018, the transshipment volume handled by Jaya Container
Terminal (JCT) reached 1,445,424 TEUs compared to 1,172,542 TEUs handled for
the same period in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Port of Colombo has witnessed the
highest growth of 19.per cent in transshipment container throughput for the
first nine months in 2018 as against the corresponding period in 2017. During
the first nine months of 2018, the Port of Colombo handled 4,206,630 TEUs of
transshipment containers as against 3,522,521 TEUs handled in the corresponding
period in 2017.
The Port of Colombo expects to reach the 7
million TEU target by the end this year. In a statement, Minister of Ports and
Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe added that the port would take new initiatives
forward to promote the Port of Colombo internationally, together with all stake
holders and to attract more new shipping lines that work in alliances.
The positive increase at SLPA controlled
terminal, Jaya Container Terminal (JCT),
Chinese company controlled Colombo International Container Terminal
(CICT), and South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) collectively resulted in growth
in Container traffic .
The recognition of credibility towards the
management has encouraged the employees of SLPA to dedicatedly contribute
towards efficient service along with collaborative support by all parties and
stakeholders engaged in the port operations to keep SLPA’s productivity at a
steadily and sustainably increasing rate. Creating history, the Port of Colombo
for the first time has recorded 6.2 million container operations in year 2017.