Sri Lanka port volumes up

Nov 13, 2018 (LBO) – State owned Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), witnessed the highest growth of 23.3 percent in transshipment container throughput for the first nine months (from January to September) in 2018 as against the corresponding period in 2017.

During the first nine months of 2018, the transshipment volume handled by Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) reached 1,445,424 TEUs compared to 1,172,542 TEUs handled for the same period in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Port of Colombo has witnessed the highest growth of 19.4% in transshipment container throughput for the first nine months in 2018 as against the corresponding period in 2017.

During the first nine months of 2018, the Port of Colombo handled 4,206,630 TEUs of transshipment containers as against 3,522,521 TEUs handled in the corresponding period in 2017.

The Port of Colombo expects to reach the 7 million TEU target by the end this year.

“The port would take new initiatives forward to promote the Port of Colombo internationally, together with all stake holders and to attract more new shipping lines that work in alliances,” Mahinda Samarasinghe, minister of Ports and Shipping said.

The Port of Colombo for the first time recorded 6.2 million container operations in year 2017.

Port of Colombo is ranked as world’s No.01 container growth port among the top 30 container ports for the 1st half of 2018. In container handling, Port of Colombo has recorded a 15.6% growth for the 1st half of 2018 over same period last year according to Alphaliner Monthly 2018.