SLPA lays foundation stone for a new Container Freight Station

The proposed Container Freight Station (CFS)   will cover an area of 9,500 square meters for general cargo and 1060 square meters for hazardous cargo storage.

As a regional hub port, the Port of Colombo has taken steps to develop port supply facilities in line with the National Policy Framework, developing the global supply chain and the Sri Lankan economy, whilst maintaining port competitiveness. Under such implementations, the foundation stone for the new Container Freight Station (CFS)   was laid on 04.01.2021 at the Unity Container Terminal (UCT) premises of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) with the objective of improving the quality of the container handling facilities at the Port of Colombo.

The event was held with the initiative of the Minister of Ports and Shipping Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardena,  and with the participation of the State Minister of  Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development  Hon. Jayantha Samaraweera, and the Chairman of  Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)  General Daya Ratnayake. 

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Ports and Shipping Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that it would be a turning point in the service sector of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, that immensely contributed to the development of the Sri Lankan port sector.  He said that the construction of the new Container Freight Station would lead to the timely delivery of the port service chain with the provision of a state-of-the-art service equipped with modern technology and the latest facilities. He added that the Board of Directors, including the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, had been instructed to protect the port grounds in accordance with the National Policy Plans and developmental framework during the constructions within the port premises. He also said that he believed that such decisions would definitely help strengthen the future of the country and emphasized that he would work his best to revive the Port of Colombo to its best operational status in all sectors. 

The State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development  Hon. Jayantha Samaraweera, addressing the gathering said that he was confident that the new Container Freight Station would bring the Port of Colombo to the forefront of competing ports.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Ratnayake, said that the proposed Container Freight Station (CFS)   was expected to be constructed within a year and would be upgraded to provide warehousing facilities by January 2022 by  Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).

The proposed Container Freight Station (CFS)   will cover an area of 9,500 square meters for general cargo and 1060 square meters for hazardous cargo storage.

Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping – Mr.U.D.C. Jayalal, Secretary to the State Ministry of  Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development – Mr. Dhammika Matararachchi, Vice  Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) –  Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna, Managing Director of SLPA Mr.H.D.A.S. Premachandra, Additional Managing Director (Administration and Operations) of SLPA  – Mr.Upul Jayatissa, Additional Managing Director(Technical) of SLPA  Mr.Susantha Abeysiriwardana, Director (Human Resources Development) of SLPA – Mr. Nalin Aponso and several other senior management officials were also present at the occasion.

A drawing of the new Container Freight Station (CFS)  at the Unity Container Terminal (UCT)  of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
Laying of the foundation stone for the new Container Freight Station (CFS)  was laid on 04.01.2021 at the Unity  Container Terminal (UCT)  premises of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
Honourable Rohitha Abeygunawardena, the Minister of Ports and Shipping, speaking at the event.
Honourable Jayantha Samaraweera, State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development, addressing the gathering.
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Ratnayake speaking at the event.
Part of the senior management officials of SLPA  present at the occasion.

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