Colombo, March 17 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port expects to handle 7.0 million containers in 2018, up 12.9 percent from the 6.2 million twenty foot equivalent units handled in 2017 through a joint marketing by three terminals, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasingha said here Saturday.
Sri Lanka’s Jaya Container Terminal of the state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), South Asia Gateway Terminal of run by John Keells Holdings and Colombo International Container Terminal of China’s CM Ports has inked a deal to jointly promote the port, which now ranks at 25 in the world’s busiest ports.
Under the collaboration deal, waiting time for all container vessels arriving at the Colombo Port will be minimized by allowing vessel to be accommodated at the earliest available terminal in addition to collaborative promotion of the port.
“Although the three terminals compete separately and individually, now they can work on a collaborative mission to operate vessels calling at the Port of Colombo,” Minister Samarasingha said.
In 2017 Colombo’s container volumes including transhipment and domestic grew 8.3 percent to reach a record 6.2 million TEUs.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Parakrama Dissanayake said Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port handled 564,155 containers in January, up 16.4 percent from a year earlier.