Steps to expedite work at the East Container Terminal

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Steps to expedite work at the East Container Terminal


Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 09:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 13, Colombo: Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Capt. Nihal Keppetipola said steps would be taken to expedite work at the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

He made this disclosure at an exclusive meeting held with the Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) on 07th July 2021 at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

The challenges facing the shipping industry due to the current Covid-19 pandemic were also discussed at the meeting and the views and proposals of SLPA as well as CASA were taken into consideration to overcome these challenges.

The contribution of the (CASA) towards the development of the Port of Colombo was also commended at these discussions.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of SLPA said the immense support extended by CASA in this regard was highly appreciated by SLPA and personally himself. He also said that the Port of Colombo would further improve all facilities required to carry out the services efficiently and with maximum productivity. Members of the Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents’ (CASA) Executive Committee and the Advisory Council warmly welcomed the Chairman back to SLPA and pledged to extend their fullest support in the ports and shipping sector to make Sri Lanka the Maritime Hub of South Asia.

The SLPA Chairman stated that he hoped to submit comments and proposals immediately for the improvement of maritime facilities in the Port of Colombo in line with the Government’s National Policy Framework, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’ in order to expedite the construction of the ECT owned by the SLPA in developing Sri Lanka as the Maritime Hub in South Asia. He said, accordingly, a process would also be implemented to expedite the procurement and purchasing of machinery required to expedite the running of the ECT.

The Chairman further emphasized that the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) would provide immediate assistance to expedite the constructions of the West Container Terminal (WCT) of the Port of Colombo, keeping in line with the government’s policy decisions.

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