Sea Legs

The governments deadline to set up a port regulator is due in August 2004, with only a draft bill to govern the industry available so far.
The regulator was due to police tariffs between the privet and state port operators when a pricing restriction on South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) lapses in August. rn

rnThe pricing control requires that SAGT maintain its tariffs for cargo loading and unloading at level on par or above Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) rates. rn

rnThe clause was included to allow JCT to improve its appalling productivity levels, to rid of mismanagement and corruption and operational inefficiencies.rn

rnJCT has since improved on most of its inefficiencies, and its operator, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is plotting a course to manage foreign ports.rn

rnHowever, SAGT Chief Executive Captain Maciek Kwiatkowski says his firm is not interested in price competition within the port, instead would look to build on its own services quality. rn

rnKwiatkowski adds that its current p