Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) says with 100% attendance of operations and all other supportive staff during Sinhala and Tamil New Year season, and especially on 13th and 14th April 2018, the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and the Unity Container Terminal (UCT) were competitive and successful in keeping all its berths fully occupied.
The JCT and the UCT together handled 7,459 TEUs On 13th April and 6,259 TEUs on the 14th. With the deployment of 20 STS cranes at the JCT and 18 at the UCT the Port Authority has operated five mother vessels and eight feeder vessels during the two days.
The JCT itself has handled 2,010,702 TEUS out of the total volume of 6,209,068 TEUs at the Port of Colombo in 2017. Compared to the 1st quarter 2017, JCT has recorded a growth of 15.3% during the 1st quarter 2018.
The Drewry Port Connectivity Index at its most recent release had ranked the Port of Colombo as the 13th best Connectivity Port in the world for the 4th quarter 2017, up by five places from its previous rank. According to the rankings the Port of Colombo is also the top best connectivity port in South Asia.
The SLPA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the terminals of the Port of Colombo to operate collectively to promote the Port of Colombo.
The Jaya Container Terminal owned and operated by SLPA, has recorded steady growth of operating volumes since October 2017. Creating history, the Port of Colombo for the first time has recorded 6.2 million container operations in December last year.