SLPA records growth of 12.3% in transhipment operations in 2013
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) recorded a growth of 12.3% TEUs in transhipment operations last year compared to the same period of 2012 according to a report in the country’s Daily News.
SLPA handled a total transhipment volume of 1,779,882 TEUs in 2013 against 1,584,985 TEUs in 2012.
SLPA also recorded a growth of total container throughput for 2013 of 8% to 2,501,863TEUs.
Part of the growth has been put down to the Colombo Port Expansion Project which began operations recently.
The Port of Colombo handled a total container throughput in transhipment operations figures to 3,208,117 in 2013 compared to 3,064,767 in 2012, a growth of 4.7%.
Domestic operations at the port grew by 1.1% and the total container throughput grew by 2.8%.
SLPA is now working towards building its 400m East Terminal and container yard facility to be constructed under phase one at a cost of US $80m.
The new terminal will be equipped with facilities to cater for the largest container vessels joining the fleet.
A Colombo Port City Development Project is also planned filling in a land area of 233 hectares in the ocean area close to the port for shopping centres, hotels and housing with large revenues expected.