Rail Move

July 20, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has revived cargo transport into Colombo port by rail after a lapse of four decades with a shipment of export containers by SG Logistics, part of the newly listed Expolanka Holdings group. Niroza Gazzali, chief executive of SG Logistics, said they were working closely with Sri Lanka Railway to transport cargo to the port by rail in future which would reduce delays and pollution caused by trucking.

A train can generally carry around 20-24 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent container Units). However, we decided to carry out the first operation with just 10 TEUs as we were unsure of the local track conditions for the operation. It was 100 percent successful.”

A statement said the initiative to experiment with the use of rail to move containers was taken up due to SG Logistics’ partnership with DB Schenker Logistics and their focus on being more environmentally-conscious.

“Traditionally, in Sri Lanka, containers are transported via road sometimes posing many logistical challenges and sometimes even leading to unforeseen delays,” the statement said.

“Using the railway network for transporting containers presents minimum pilferage opportunities and produces significantly les