A team from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority led by
Additional Managing Director, Capt. Nihal Keppetipola visited
the newly refurbished auditorium of the Ceylon Association of
Ships Agents (CASA) to continue with the close cooperation and
rapport built up in recent times. This joint cooperation has
helped improve the level of cooperation even further, said
Captain Ajith Peiris Chairman, The Ceylon Association of Ships’
CASA is pleased at the improved close
co-operation and rapport which it has built up in recent times
with the Senior Management of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
The team led by Capt. Nihal Keppetipola,
Additional Managing Director of the SLPA accompanied by Capt.
Ravi Jayawickrama, Harbour Master, together with other Senior
Managers of the Jaya Container Terminal – Messrs. D W Atapattu
(Chief Manager-Container Operations), K D Jayaneris (Chief
Manager-Conventional Cargo), Upul Jayatissa (Operations Manager-
Marketing) and S A Dassanayake (Operations Manager-Operations),
Jayantha Perera (Dpty. Chief Manager-Container
Operations) and Nimal Jayatissa (Operations Manager-BQ), for the
first time ever visited the new auditorium of the newly
refurbished CASA Secretariat to discuss ways and means of
enhancing Port-related services through co-operation between
CASA Members and SLPA’s Operational Staff.
The meeting was chaired by Capt. Ajith Peiris,
Chairman of CASA. Associated with him were the outgoing and
incoming Secretary General of CASA Kusal Warusavitharana and
Dhammika Walgampaya respectively. Also associated were over 25
directors and senior managers of leading shipping agencies that
represent the many prestigious and reputed shipping lines that
call at the Port of Colombo providing extensive worldwide
services to our import and export trades.
The meeting was fruitful in that there was
consensus among all on a way forward to improve the services to
all stakeholders of the Port of Colombo for the overall
betterment of the Sri Lanka economy. Those present welcomed more
frequent such dialogue between the SLPA team and the shipping
What figured prominently at the meeting were the
recent influx of increased volumes at a time of bad weather
which resulted in some berthing delays and yard congestion. The
issues were favourably addressed.
Issues relating to berthing and sailing
programmes and the difficulties encountered from the agents’
point of view were highlighted. Solutions were suggested by
agency representatives for the consideration of Port Management.
There were emphasis of enhancing on present gantry crane
productivity with a view to achieving faster turnaround of
vessels. Agency representatives volunteered to be included
jointly with SLPA staff to work as a team towards achieving
these objectives for mutual benefit. On the subject of Inter
Terminal Trucking, Capt. Keppetipola advised that a "Help Desk"
has been set up manned by senior officers of the SLPA headed by
S A Dassanayake (Tel: 2325926 / Mobile 077 770 4868) assisted by
two Superintendants D M Dissanayake (Tel: 071 6810 880) and Mr.
Anil Pushpakumara (Tel: 071 6810 880).
Capt. Keppetipola further mentioned that there
are daily meetings between senior operations staff and the work-
force of the SLPA with a view to harnessing their co-operation
and greater understanding through which the Port could enhance
productivity and customer relation.
In order to take this initiative forward it has been agreed
with SLPA and CASA that similar meetings will be held monthly to
ensure continuity of follow-up actions, said Captain Peiris.