The Colombo Port has embarked on a major infrastructure drive as the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is set to receive fourteen new terminal tractors that will substantially increase the efficiency of the country’s busiest port.
Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the new terminal tractors will be added to the current fleet with the aim of increasing the speed of the Colombo Port’s daily operations.
“Currently, about 100 terminal tractors are being used on a daily basis, and we have realized that we need 30 new tractors to the current fleet in order to bring the operations to the optimum speed.
The 14 new terminal tractors that we will purchase soon will be the first step of this process,” Ratnayaka said, adding that the new terminal tractors would immediately increase the discharging rate of containers at the Port.
The minister said SLPA would spend Rs.190 million as the new investment and a Malaysian supplier was selected through a transparent procurement process handled by the Ports and Shipping Ministry.
Ratnayaka said the new infrastructure development drive would project Colombo as a more competitive port in the region and move it up on the global ranking.
“The Port must attract greater transhipment cargo traffic volume – thus directly increasing foreign exchange earnings. To achieve this, we must be more attractive than all neighbouring ports – financially, efficiency-wise, and in terms of ease of doing business,” he stressed.