SLPA wins the GPF Awards for “Port Authority of The Year & Port Infrastructure Development of the Year 2020”

The Drewry Port Connectivity Index ranked the Port of Colombo at the 13th best Connectivity Port in the world in 2019.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority won the GPF Awards for “Port Authority of The Year & Port Infrastructure Development of the Year 2020” for the third consecutive year at the Global Port Forum Awards 2020 held at at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Deira, in the United Arab Emirates. The awards were received by SLPA’s Mr.Upul Jayatissa – Director (Logistics, Marketing & Business Development) and Mr.Jayantha Perera – Director (Operations) on behalf of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) from H.E.Mohammed Sharaf – Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Trade Affairs UAE and former Group CEO of DP World Group and Mr. Thomas Ng – Chairman, The Global Ports Forum.

The Global Port Forum Awards 2020 aim is to recognize the most valuable contribution made by organizations and professionals in different areas of Ports and Terminals Industry and acknowledge their roles and achievements in different categories.

These Awards are awarded based on the nominations received by the Global Port Forum and also in recognition of the important contributions and achievements made by organizations and professionals across maritime industry in the last year.

In a special message Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando congratulated and conveyed warm regards and wishes for Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on the achievement.

From the cosmopolitan global port city of Singapore, the entrepreneurial decision was taken in 2008 to found and launch the Global Ports Forum (GPF). The awards ceremony is organized annually by the GPF, in continuation of the commitment of improving global ports and furthering the interests of ports globally through collaborations among members of the port ecosystem. The Global Port Forum Awards 2019 aimed to recognize the most valuable contribution made by organizations and professionals in different areas of Ports and Terminals Industry and acknowledge their roles and achievements in different categories. The awards are awarded based on the nominations received by the Global Ports Forum (GPF) and also in recognition of the important contributions and achievements made by organizations and professionals across the industry during the previous year.

A panel of judges, comprising of Global Ports Customers and Senior Port Experts from the Global Ports Council shortlist and select organisations as the most deserving winners for each category.

Accordingly, the winners are recognized and honoured in front of a crowd of ports & terminals veterans and professionals, and  accorded awards at the  Global Ports Forum Awards Gala Dinner.  

The Port of Colombo is ranked as world’s No.01 container growth port among the top 30 container ports for the year of 2018. With such growth, Port of Colombo has leapt ahead many other Asian Ports, Major European Ports and Dubai as well.

The Drewry Port Connectivity Index ranked the Port of Colombo at the 13th best Connectivity Port in the world in 2019. According to the rankings, the Port of Colombo also became the top best connectivity port in South Asia.

 The relationship between the Management and SLPA trade unions, collaborative support by all parties and stakeholders engaged in the port operations process has effectively contributed for the increase of productivity at Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Creating history, the Port of Colombo for the first time has recorded 7 million container operations in 2018 with joint marketing strategies by the three terminals, the JCT, SAGT and CICT.

The three terminals operators at the Port of Colombo; the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) under SLPA, the South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) and the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) early last year, reached into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  to operate collectively to promote the Port of Colombo. Under the new collective agreement, it was expected to minimize the waiting time of all container vessels outside the port waters by allowing operations of vessels at the immediately available terminal. Further, through this agreement, terminals are also able to promote the Port of Colombo collectively and collaboratively in the arena of international maritime business.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) was awarded the Ports Authority of the Year Award first in 2018 by the Global Ports Forum (GPF). At present, Under the guidance of Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando and leadership of Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority – General Daya Ratnayake, SLPA has expedited the port sector development process in the country to further increase container volumes. These developments are aimed at making Sri Lanka the Maritime Centre in Asia.

Featured images: The awards being  received by SLPA’s Mr.Upul Jayatissa – Director (Logistics, Marketing & Business Development) and Mr.Jayantha Perera – Director (Operations) on behalf of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) from H.E.Mohammed Sharaf – Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Trade Affairs UAE and former Group CEO of DP World Group and Mr. Thomas Ng – Chairman, The Global Ports Forum

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