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JCT construction poised to end by 3Q 2023

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Chairman SLPA Keith Bernard speaking at the occasion looked on by senior officials. The main function was held with the initiative of Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva
Chairman SLPA Keith Bernard speaking at the occasion looked on by senior officials. The main function was held with the initiative of Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva

The Constructions of Stage V of the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) is underway and will be expedited to be completed in the third quarter of 2023 said Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Keith D. Bernard as they commenced work in the New Year 2023 with religious initiatives at its Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Chaithya premises.

“This will enable operations of container vessels of medium size length that are difficult to be operated at the terminal right now. We must also improve our TEU operations in 2023 over the previous years. We are also in the process of identifying various mechanisms and plans to increase our operational efficiencies and competencies. One such plan is to obtain four new Gantry cranes for the ECT, before the end 2023.”

He also said that it is imperative that the SLPA engage with the world and introduce state of the art modern technology. “We must work together to develop sophisticated and smart computer and information systems to provide excellent and efficient service and to attract more customers through such initiatives. We must take steps to employ modern machinery and equipment in all spheres of work and port operations. This will allow us to offer a more efficient service.”

Sri Lanka’s economy faced challenges and breakdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic during the past few years but due to the dedication of the staff SLAP became a profitable public institution in last year too.

“The profits gained have been productively invested in the development of the East Container Terminal (ECT) which is of prime importance to all our employees for the long term development of this institution.”

The Chairman also said that human resource too is very important and the SLPA hopes to take a number of measures for the professional development of HR in 2023 to take the institution to a top most level in the international shipping, maritime and logistics industry. We have also commenced a number of diverse projects aiming at the development of this institution.”

 

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 – 01:00











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