Sri Lanka’s SAGT bags 4th place in world terminal productivity rankings


Mar 31, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s first private container terminal operator South Asia Gateway Terminals has been ranked as the 4th in the world for Terminal Productivity and number 1 in South Asia by the Journal of Commerce, USA.

The Ports Authority said SAGT’s berth productivity performance of 113 container moves per hour and an average of 34 container moves per hour per crane have been ranked among the best in the world.

“This means a vessel with a 1,000 container move count (load and discharge) can be completed in less than 9 hours of quayside dwell time, deploying an average of 3.3 cranes.” the authority said.

The top 5 global rankings are;

Rank/ Terminal                                         Port                  Country           Productivity

1)     Xiamen Songyu                             Xiamen             China                       131

2)     APM Terminals Yokohama         Yokohama         Japan                     121

3)     Tianjin Five Continents Int’l          Tianjin              China                      119

4)     SAGT                                              Colombo         Sri Lanka                  113

5)     DP World                                        Jebel Ali         Dubai, UAE                112

Chief Commercial Officer of SAGT, Ted Muttiah and Commercial and Marketing Manager Dhashma Karunaratne have presented a ceremonial plaque to Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga marking this prestigious recognition.

“This is a very good example of Sri Lanka’s capabilities,” Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said.

“Now let’s stay focused to climb the remaining 3 spots & continue to promote the best interests of the Port of Colombo.”

SAGT which commenced operations in 1999 is a BOI company consisting of four shareholders – John Keells Holdings, APM Terminals, SLPA and Peony investments (subsidiary of Evergreen Marine Corporation).