Port of Call

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has set sail a proposal that will allow it to operate ports in foreign shores.
SLPA Chairman, Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake told Lanka Business Online on Monday that the Prime Minister had approved the proposal by its management.rn

rnThe proposal seeks to expand its services to operate overseas ports as part of its strategy to make Sri Lanka a shipping hub in the South Asian region. rn

rnAfrica, India and the Middle East are in the initial list of regions the SLAP will look to fly its flag, Dissanayake said. rn

rnAlready, officials from an African port are in Colombo to seek the SLPAs management expertise to run and further develop its facilities in the continent. rn

rnDissanayake says the plans would put SPLA on a fair footing to compete with the big boys in port management like P&O Ports and Dubai Ports Authority (DPA). rn

rnFor example P&O Ports is one of the leading global port operators, with 27 container terminals and logistics operations in over 100 por