Hon.Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe signaling to commence work at the fully re-constructed Container Freight Station - 1 (CFS - 1).
The fully re-constructed Container Freight Station - 1 (CFS - 1) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) was opened today; 31st May 2017 with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe.
The Container Freight Station – 1 (CFS – 1 ) which is a major resource of warehousing at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) was completely destroyed due to a fire in May 2013. Thereafter, the re-constructions of the new Container Freight Station – 1 (CFS - 1) has been successfully completed with the latest state of the art and updated warehousing facilities including a Warehouse Management System (WMS) covering a total floor area of 5100sqm. The newly opened CFS – 1 will facilitate operations of both Local Container Loads ( LCL ) and Multi Country Consolidation (MCC) cargo at the Port of Colombo. CFS – 1 occupies 1000sqm for Dangerous Cargo (DC) operations and 4000sqm for General Cargo operations.
Expressing views at the occasion Hon.Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe said that through the discussions made with the Heads of Divisions of SLPA, the challenges to be faced as an institutions have been identified. “ With discussions we have already made with the Trade Unions that could be considered as our strength, we were able to effectively address and discuss toward several issues that need timely implementations to develop this institution. We will also extend such opportunities to continue discussions with each trade union separately and I am sure such procedures will add confidence and encourage all of us to work efficiently to boost productivity of this institution,” the Minister said. He also said that creating a favourable working environment within the industrial institution to motivate employees to voluntarily come forward to work competitively and efficiently. “Fulfilling a major request by every Trade Union inside the port at the initial discussions regarding the meal supplied for the employees, from tomorrow onwards port employees will receive the best qualitative meal that was given in the history of the port and we will constantly monitor the quality of meals given to employees from the central kitchen, paving no mean for any sort of drop of quality in the meals offered to our employees,” the Minister added.
He further said that an effective change that will apparently seen and felt aiming the development of the port sector, its employees and related institutions will soon be implemented and every staff member, employee and other line institutions should collaboratively join hands together as members of one family in the forward march to work efficiently and boost productivity in the port. “ such procedures will enhance our capacities to boost productivity with no extra effort,” the Minister said.
The re-constructions of CFS – 1 at the Port of Colombo were commenced in January 2016 under two stages. The Stage - I included a warehouse of size 45m x 52.5m that consisted of a floor area of 1800sqm. Constructions of this section were completed early and operations were commenced following its re-opening with the initiative of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena on 10th August 2016.
Under re-constructions of this total warehouse facility, a modern type warehouse with all required facilities such as an office complex for warehouse staff, IT facilities, a public address system, a CCTV system, sky- lighting for direct sunlight, turbine ventilators, lock-up stores have been established. A traffic plan for the entire warehouse has also been introduced with two new exists, for empty prime movers and delivery vehicles. Open sheds and Grill areas have been constructed outside warehouse for urgent handling of explosive type cargo.
The overall constructions of CFS – 1 were assigned amongst Divisions of SLPA such as the Civil Engineering, Contracts and Designs, Mechanical Works and Electrical to ensure the total solution as an in-house construction with direct labour by SLPA. The total cost of constructions excluding labour is approximately Rs.175M.
Secretery of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping Mr.L.P.Jayampathy, the newly appointed Vice Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Mr.P.G.Dasanayake, the Managing Director of SLPA – Mr.H.D.A.S.Premachandra, the newly appointed Executive Director of SLPA Mr.H.A.Wimalasooriya, Additional Managing Director of SLPA – Mr.Janaka Kurukulasooriya, Director (Logistics) of SLPA – Mr.Upali De Zoysa, Chief engineer (C & D) of SLPA – Mrs.D.G.I.C.Lokuhewage, Director Customs – Mr.Lalitha Weerasinghe, Directors, Heads of Divisions, Executive Staff Members and a number of employees of SLPA and line institutions also attended the opening of the fully re-constructed Container Freight Station - 1 (CFS - 1).
(SLPA - 31052017)