Container-traffic at the Colombo Port jumped by a mammoth twenty three percent in September, bucking an export growth trend.
The Ports authority says the productivity at the Jaya Terminal at the Colombo port has also doubled with the introduction of a new incentive payment scheme.rn
rnThe Jaya Container Terminal gantries are now shifting over seventy containers an hour as opposed to 35 containers a few months ago.rn
rnldblquote Somewhere in December it was somewhere 35 berth moves per hour. But now it is about 65-70 berth moves per hour,
dblquote Chairman, Port Authority Parakrama Dissanayake says.rn
rnHe pointed out that now the tipping or paying lquote santhosam
dblquote incentives has been done away with.rn
rnldblquote Although the tariff rates have been low people say they did incur additional expenditure by way of incentives like ldblquote santhosam
dblquote or tips to the workers.
rnHe says that many shipping lines have commended the level of efficiency at the JCT.rn