Port of Colombo’s Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), owned and operated by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), witnessed a steady growth of operating volumes since October 2017.
Container operations at the JCT increased by 5.3% in October, 8.2% in November and 13.9% in December 2017. At present, productivity at the JCT has increased by 3.2% for feeder vessels and 9.4% for main lines.
The drawbacks experienced during 2015 and 2016 in container operations at SLPA’s terminals continued up to the third quarter of 2017. In December 2017, the Port of Colombo handled 6.2 million container operations, representing a rise of 8.3% against the volume seen in 2016.
The authority informed that the increased productivity was driven by the relationship between the management and SLPA trade unions, collaborative support by all parties and stake holders.
SLPA has prepared a three-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.