Cargo Room

Chandi Dharmaratne

June 29, 2010 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority is providing more space at its main container terminal for freight to ease congestion, SLPA managing director Nihal Keppetipola said. New port projects under way at Colombo as well as in southern Hambantota and eastern Trincomalee will also provide large extents of land for logistics, he said.

Container volumes at Colombo port were now growing at 25 percent compared with last year when volumes fell owing to recession, Keppetipola told the annual general meeting of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders Association Monday.

We’re also expanding the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) yard outskirts for full container load stacking with modern equipment which will ease the current congestion.”

The JCT is the biggest container terminal in Colombo port which is a hub for containerised cargoes transhipped to and from the Indian sub-continent.

Colombo port volumes have been rising rapidly in recent months with the revival in trade as big economies emerge from recession.

The rapid growth in cargo volumes as well as problems with transporting boxes between terminals, aging cranes and bad weather had created congestion at th