Sri Lanka Ports Authority container throughput up 8-pct

Nov 04, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Ports Authority has seen an 8 percent increase in containers handled up to October with volumes topping 2.0 million containers by October, an official said. Sri Lanka Ports Authority owns and operates the Jaye container terminal in Colombo.

SLPA operations director Upali Soyza said its terminal had handled 2,066,000 containers up to October, up 155,000 from a year earlier.

“Leading global carriers such as Mediterranean Shipping Company and evergreen company are increasingly contracting with SLPA to handle their cargos,” Soyza said.

South Asia Gateway Terminals, a unit of listed John Keells Holdings operates another terminal and China Merchant Holdings opened Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) this year which can handle so-called ‘mega vessels’.

According to published data, total container throughput at Colombo was 2.48 million containers, up only 1 percent, indicating SAGT may have seen a contraction.

Soyza said three large vessels had berthed at CICT in addition to feeders, but there is likely to be more usage of the new terminal next year.

“Actually until the year end most shipping agencies have already signed