Sri Lanka Ports Authority commences work in 2023

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) commenced work in the new year 2023 with religious initiatives at its Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Chaithya premises. The main function was held with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva and the Chairman of SLPA – Mr. Keith D.Bernard.

Expressing views at the occasion, the Hon. Minister emphasized that he would not hesitate to  take all measures for the  progress of Sri Lanka Ports Authority and securing industrial peace. He said that he expected  positive dedication of all to make the institution’s development process a reality.

Expressing views at the occasion, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Mr.Keith  D. Bernard said that everyone’s hope for the new year is filled with fresh thoughts for the improvement of  personal and family life, institutional progress and  finally  as a country.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Mr. Keith D.Bernard speaking at the occasion. Additional Secretary (Development ) to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Ms. K.N.Kumari Somarathna, Private Secretary to the Hon.Minister – Mr.K.H.Akila Gayan Kaushalya and Vice Chairman of SLPA – Mr. Gayan Algewattege are also in the pic.

“The aspirations   of all of you of  the Sri Lanka  Port Authority should be focused  to attract more ships into our terminals than the previous year and to increase revenue. This will also  strengthen the economy for  all.

The  Management and I  will always be with you  to take necessary  decisions to fulfill those aspirations  for the advancement of this institution.

Sri Lanka’s  economy  faced challenges and breakdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic during the past few years.

However, the dedicated performance of our employees and staffs helped the institution to overcome those challenges. I am thankful to all of you for such dedicated performance in all spheres of work. I am proud to says, that as a result,  we became  a profitable public institution in last year too. The profits gained have  been productively invested in the development of the East Container Terminal (ECT) which  is of  prime importance to  all our employees for the long term development of this institution.

We must improve  our TEU operations in 2023 over the previous years. We are also in the process of identifying various mechanisms and plans to increase our operational efficiencies and competencies. One such plan is to obtain 04 new  Gantry cranes for the ECT,  before end 2023.

We have also commenced a number of diverse  projects aiming the development of this institution. Constructions of Stage V of the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) which at present  is underway and expedited to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.  This will enable operations of container vessels of medium size length that are difficult to be operated at the terminal right now.

It is imperative that we engage with the world and introduce state of the art  modern technology. We must work together  to develop sophisticated and smart computer and information systems to provide an excellent  and efficient service and to attract more customers through such initiatives. We must take steps to employ  modern machinery and equipment in all spheres of work and port operations. This will allow  us to  offer a more efficient service.

The most important above all is our human resource. My  responsibility is to ensure  your job and professional satisfaction. I believe that your job satisfaction is imperative towards the development of this institution. We expect to take a number of measures for the professional development of all of you in 2023. A human resource with relevant up to date  knowledge is always an invaluable asset to us. My objective is to upgrade  your  knowledge and  your personal development. Our objective through all the activities is to extend quality,  efficient and productive service and place   Sri Lanka Ports Authority at  the top most level in the   international shipping, maritime and logistics industry,” the Chairman of SLPA – Mr.Keith D. Bernard said.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Mr.K.D.S.Ruwanchandra, Vice Chairman of SLPA – Mr. Gayan Algewattege, SLPA’s Additional Managing Director ( Technical) – Mr.Susantha Abeysiriwardena, Actg.Additional Managing Director ( Administration and Operations)  – Mr.Prabath Jayantha, Directors, Heads of Divisions, Executive Officials, a large number of employees, staffs and  trade union representatives also attended the occasion.

Featured Image – Hoisting the National flag, port flag and Buddhist flag to commence work in the new year  2023 at Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).  Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Mr.K.D.S.Ruwanchandra and the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Mr. Keith D.Bernard are in the pic.

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