Seafarers

The Colombo port is perceived to be the least advantages among four regional ports surveyed by the former SLPA Chairman. The Colombo port is perceived to be the least advantages among four regional ports surveyed by the former SLPA Chairman. Former SLPA Chairman and current Aitken Spence Shipping chief Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake told a seminar on trade recently that Sri Lanka ranked second in terms of deviation cost advantage after Singapore.

Dr. Dissanayake’s survey collected data form major shipping lines for berthing capacity, multiple port management, pricing, prompt berthing and sailing, port service agreement, deviation costs benefit and EDI facilities at four regional ports.

Colombo only scored high in the 10 point scale for deviation costs benefits, while it was perceived to be the least competitive in terms of its single port management structure, scoring one on the scale.

Dr. Dissanayake said with trade becoming more competitive, shipping line were opting for contracts with port operators who managed multiple ports and in different continents.

Collective agreements across the posts managed b