May 12, 2010 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has signed an agreement with a Chinese supplier to buy cranes worth 7,200 million rupees urgently needed for its Colombo port container terminals, a statement said. The statement quoted Wickrama as saying the arrival of the new machinery at JCT will boost the efficiency of JCT while contributing towards the port’s target of emerging as a hub port in the region. China’s ZPMC, one of the world’s largest crane manufacturers, is to supply three gantry cranes and twenty four mobile cranes.
The cranes were needed to replace older cranes at the state-run Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) which has been troubled with congestion and delays to ships in recent months.
“The much older machinery in operation at the JCT caused considerable concern over matters pertaining to the efficiency at the JCT during the recent past,” the SLPA statement said.
The deal for the new equipment was signed recently by SLPA chairman Priyath Wickrama and ZPMC director of sales and marketing Chen Hai.
The SLPA said the delivery of new cranes is expected to be speeded up because of the urgent requirement and the strong ties between China and Sri Lanka.
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