Apr 12, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has taken delivery of new cranes to replace old ones at its main container terminal in Colombo port that will help improve productivity, officials said. The company which supplied the original cranes is no longer functioning, making the supply of spares a problem, it said. A Chinese ship that brought the new cranes began unloading them at the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) Tuesday.
The cranes are from China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Company (ZMPC) whose equipment is used in container ports in almost 100 countries, the SLPA said in a statement.
Deputy minister of ports and highways Rohitha Abeygunawardhane said the cranes are the first new lifting machinery to be installed at the JCT in 25 years.
“It fulfils the need for new equipment to replace aging cranes and boost productivity at the JCT,” he said.
SLPA chairman Priyath Wickrama said the new cranes will help the port cope with double-digit growth in container volumes.
“The new cranes will improve the port’s efficiency and help retain Colombo’s position as south Asia’s transhipment hub,” he told reporters.
“They will enable the terminal to handle bigger ships now