Box Move

Sept 03, 2010 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is building a new yard for storing containers next to its main transhipment facility in Colombo port to ease congestion caused by increasing cargo flows, an official said. SLPA chairman Priyath Wickrama said the yard, next to the Jaya Container Terminal, will also have a separate entrance for trucks.

The move is part of improvements within the port to cope with a rapid growth in container cargo following a slump caused by recession a year ago.

“We’re going to shift all FCL (full container load) boxes to a separate dedicated FCL yard next to the JCT,” Wickrama told a seminar on ports at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce organised by the Asian Shippers’ Council.

“This is a very important measure to reduce congestion inside the terminal – you all will get the benefit as there’ll be no need to get into the terminal. You can directly come into the yard.”

The new container stacking yard was under construction and expected to be in operation by January 2011. Container yards within the port have also been renovated after being neglected for years.

“Yards were in bad condition,” Wickrama said. “Some are 15 years old. We did renovation work using own staff and