Sri Lanka’s first female gantry crane operator is emerging from Sri Lanka Ports Authority in the near future. Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga said while speaking in the opening ceremony of the “Colombo Maritime” Conference. Hon. Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Nishantha Mutuhettigama, Director General of the Merchant Shipping office Mr. Ajith Senaviratna, Executive Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority Mr. Sanjeewa Wijeratna were participated to the conference.
“Colombo Maritime” conference is carrying out for school students. The primary vision of this programme is to educate students about the marine sector and job opportunities related to the marine industry. Group of 500 were participated the conference representing schools and youth societies. It includes speeches from the experts of the subject and a journey in the Colombo Port. Female Gantry crane operators who are being trained in the Mahapola training institution of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will be assumed duties on 08th of January 2017.Minister Arjuna Ranathunga said.
“Normally there are male gantry crane operators in Sri Lanka. We changed that pattern. We have given that training to females. They are assuming duties on the 08th of January 2017 as gantry operators of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. I was not aware of the salaries in the marine industry. Workers who are subjected to the normal training could earn a salary around 100,000-150,000 thousand. Marine Captain could earn a salary of 1,000,000. There are operators who are being worked in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, who are earning an income around 500,000-600,000 thousand. We are paying that amount due to their commitment and the training. Jobs in the marine industry are highly paid jobs. We know that world’s busiest marine routes are located very closely to our country. Sri Lanka is naturally blessed due to its strategically important location. Therefore learning about the marine sector is very important. Our primary objective is to share this knowledge with the children from rural areas. This knowledge has been limited to few schools of Colombo.” Minister Arjuna Ranthunga said.Thefts and the corruptions of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority have reduced by 90 percent. Hon. Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Nishantha Mutuhettigama said while speaking in the opening ceremony of “Colombo Maritime” Conference.
“I believe 90 percent of the frauds and the corruptions of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority have reduced by the Hon. Minister Arjuna Ranathunga. Both of us are working against the corruptions and the frauds. We have finished the era which the Sri Lanka Ports Authority was full of corruptions and frauds. We are not taking money from the people who are coming to our ministry. We have intervened to give the facilities needed by them.” Deputy Minister said.
(Maritime in Sri Lanka-23122016)