Meanwhile, unfolding the country’s port sector future plans, the newly appointed SLPA Chairman Dr.Parakrama Dissanayake said that they have launched a programme to rebrand and market the Port of Colombo.
He said that they also have embarked on drafting a National Port Master Plan. He also said that they were looking at modernizing the SLPA-owned Jaya Container Terminal. According to Dissanayake SLPA will be establishing a logistic corridor in collaboration with the Western Region Megapolis project.
He added they are planning to open a yacht marina in Galle and also would be developing the Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai ports. Further, they are looking at opening a cargo distribution centre at Bloemendhal Road.
Dissanayake said SLPA owns and operates seven ports in Sri Lanka but 90 percent of revenue comes from the Port of Colombo. “Minister’s advice to me was never to take your eyes off the wall, and that’s the Port of Colombo,” he said. It was also noted that instructions had been given by the minister to initiate a national comprehensive maritime and logistic policy. The first draft of this document is expected to be out within three months.
(Daily Mirror - 03072017)