Colombo Port to get pilot boats for more efficient service

Jan 31, 2019 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) will sign an agreement with Colombo Dockyard PLC to build two pilot boats for Colombo Port enabling it to handle a greater volume of activities with more efficiency.

A pilot boat is a type of boat used to transport maritime pilots between land and the inbound or outbound ships that they are piloting. The Colombo Port currently has four pilot boats and the fleet was last upgraded in 2007.

“Colombo Port has become busier over the years and its infrastructure needs to be developed allowing it become more competitive on a global scale,” Sagala Ratnayaka, minister, Development said.

The Minister expressed confidence that the Colombo Port would use the two pilot boats from 1 December..