Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) today celebrated its 43rd Anniversary at the Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Chaithya premises with an emphasis on Buddhist religious activities, followed by other religious activities in their respective locations, the SLPA said.
The function was held with the initiative of the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, K.D.S. Ruwanchandra and the SLPA Chairman Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna.
Expressing views at the occasion, Mr. Ruwanchandra said the efficient performance of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority had greater potential to strengthen the national economy to bring higher benefits to the people of the country.
“It is essential that the benefits of the country’s natural geographical location are passed on to future generations. The dedicated performance of Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s management, staffs and employees has always contributed to its success. It is imperative to continue this commitment. I would like to request everyone to increase their commitment even a little higher than last year to further enhance productivity and also request our port trade unions to support this effort. We should all work together to protect this institution,” he said.
Meanwhile addressing the gathering, the SLPA Chairman Dr. Jayamanna said that it was clear to everyone of the challenging situation the SLPA also has had to face since 2019 as any other public institution due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“At a time when the whole country was at a standstill, operations of the Port of Colombo did not cease even for seconds in the last three years when it was impossible to carry out the work in the whole country. It was our strength, the strength of the management, staffs, all employees, and the collaborative assistance of other terminals at the Port of Colombo,” he said.
Further speaking the Chairman said the Port of Colombo had made 2021 a record year, emphasizing the fact of nearly 7.25 million containers handled, the ever largest number of containers handled within a year. “The performance in the first quarter of 2022 was outstanding as we have achieved more performance than last year,” he said.
“The constructions of the East Container Terminal (ECT) are being carried out successfully at present. All updated information are available in the official website of SLPA. At a time, most of infrastructure projects are compelled to cease construction work, we have been able to carry out all our project works with no hindrance at all. We have initiated all steps to purchase essential machinery and equipment for the East Container Terminal (ECT). Meanwhile, projects to develop the Ports of Galle and Trincomalee are also underway,” he said.
The Chairman said that the SLPA is a public institution that had a mission to fulfill a national requirement of nourishing the economy and therefore, all its employees were also part of a national task force. He expressed confidence that all employees of the institution would extend their best performance and contribution during this national crisis, to efficiently and productively elevate the national economy.
The event was attended by additional secretaries of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Vice Chairman of SLPA, G.U.K. Algewattege, SLPA Managing Director Upul Jayatissa, several SLPA Directors, SLPA trade union representatives and a large number of employees.