Battle Ship

An industry spokesperson said this hogging exercise was causing unnecessary delays in servicing the cargo ships. rn

rnldblquote Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), with its 10 berths, is virtually idle while SAGT operating two berths is struggling to cope with its greedy ways,
dblquote the spokesperson said. rn

rnThe spokesperson claims that a ldblquote first to refuse
dblquote clause included in SAGT
quote s contract granted them preference over all ships calling at the Colombo port. Hence, only ships that SAGT cannot handle were directed to the JCT. rn

rnldblquote We are negotiating with SAGT, but with slow progress. If we cannot sort this issue we will have to seek government intervention. The government will have to renegotiate the agreement, else this process will not help in making Sri Lanka a shipping hub.
dblquote rn

rnHowever, SAGT officials say no such clause was included in the contract, but in fact was fair and favourable to both parties.rn

rnldblquote The contract was negotiated to benefi