Feb 19, Colombo: Cargo handling capacity of the Port of Colombo has increased significantly showing continuous growth in the container handling operations since the fourth quarter of 2017, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.
According to SLPA, transshipment operations at the Port of Colombo have shown a significant increase in January this year against last year amid an increase in productivity.
Accordingly against 362,451 transshipment TEU operations in January 2017, together with the JCT, SAGT and CICT, the Colombo Port has recorded 436,303 transshipment TEU operations for the month of January this year marking a competitive increase of 20.4 percent.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority controlled Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) which recorded 114,282 transshipment operations in January 2017, has recorded 164,252 Transshipment operations in January this year marking an increase of 43.7 percent.
The container throughput at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority controlled terminals has also increased significantly compared to January 2017 and January 2018.
Against 156,010 TEUs operated at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority in January 2017, it has operated 194,688 TEUs marking an increase of 24.8 percent between the months in total TEU operations at state run terminals.
In January 2017 the Port of Colombo had handled a total of 484,866 TEUs that has increased up to 564,155 for the same period this year.
Accordingly, with the increase marked at SLPA and other terminals compared to January 2017, the Port of Colombo has marked an increase of 16.4 percent in total container throughput in January this 2018.
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.
In January this year Colombo Port has received 388 vessels against 339 calls received in January 2017 that figures to a competitive 8.1 percent increase between the periods.
In January this year, 332 contained vessels called at the Port that had received only 304 container vessel calls in the same period of last year. It is an increase of 9.2 percent.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority said the relationship between the Management and trade unions, collaborative support by all parties and stake holders engaged in the port operations process has effectively contributed for the increase of productivity.
Creating history, the Port of Colombo for the first time has recorded 6.2 million container operations in December last year.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority has prepared a 3-year development plan to expedite the port sector development process in the country to further increase container volumes.
These developments are aimed at making Colombo the Maritime Centre in Asia.