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UCT commences operations from May

The newly built Unity Container Terminal (UCT) in the Port of Colombo is scheduled to start its operation from May 2004.

Special vessel carrying three Gantry Cranes, 8 Nos. Rubber tyred transfer cranes for the UCT reached Port of Colombo this year and unloading operations are now proceeding.

As advised by the Minister Rauff Hakeem top priority has been given to procure these equipment, SLPA Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayaka said.

The Japan Bank of International Corporation (JBIC) had granted Rs. 1,470 million as a concessionary loan for purchasing these cranes and further loan amounting to Rs. 3,249 million for the construction of 15,300 square meter Unity Container Terminal.

These Gantry cranes designed by the leading Japanese manufacturer namely Ishikawa Heavy Industries Ltd and fabricated by S P Cilegon Fabricated Ltd., Indonesia are commissioned on next May providing an additional capacity of 0.33 million TEUS per annum.

SLPA at present has 14 gantry cranes and 39 transfer cranes in operation at the Jaya Container Terminal which is the biggest container terminal in the South Asia region.

During the year 2003. Sri Lanka Ports Authority had reached 3,830 vessels and handled 1,959,336 TEUS reflecting an increase of 11% comparing the year 2002.

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