New SLPA Chief calls for greater cooperation among terminals


Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Capt. Nihal Keppetipola on 1 July made a special and friendly inspection tour at the private sector controlled terminals of the Port of Colombo. Here, he visited the South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) and the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) of the Port of Colombo. The SLPA Chairman also held discussions with SAGT Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Romesh David and CICT Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Jack Huang. At these discussions, the SLPA Chairman emphasised the importance of all the terminals of the Port of Colombo working together to sustain and develop its operational status and container volume market share in the South Asia region. He expressed his confidence that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, he would be able to continue to make the Port of Colombo one of the world’s leading container ports and gain the global confidence in the Port of Colombo towards moving ahead in making Sri Lanka the maritime hub in this region. He further said that through the strong camaraderie between the terminals of the Port of Colombo, it would be possible to provide an efficient and productive service 24/7 to the port customers of the Port of Colombo. The SLPA Chairman also inspected the terminal operations of the SAGT and CICT. Chief executive officers and higher executive officers of the terminals also joined the occasion.