Cruise ships calling Port of Colombo up 29-pct in 2018


Dec 04, 2018 (LBO) – A remarkable growth of cruise ships calling at the Port of Colombo has been reported in this year, Sri Lanka Ports Authority said.

According to the authority, 45 cruise ships have been called at Port of Colombo for the first 10 months of this year which is a 28.8 percent growth against the corresponding period in 2017.

Port of Colombo has also witnessed the highest growth of 19.5 percent in transshipment container throughput for the first ten months of this year against the corresponding period of 2017.

During the first ten months of this year, the port has handled 4,717,746 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of transshipment containers against 3,948,163 TEUs handled in the corresponding period in 2017.

Colombo Port has been ranked as the fastest growing container port out of 30 major ports in the world for the first half of this year.

In container handling, the port has recorded a 15.6 percent growth for the first half of 2018 over the same period last year according to Alphaliner Monthly 2018.

The Port of Colombo expects to handle 7.0 million containers in 2018, up 12.9 percent from the 6.2 million TEUs handled in 2017.