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Japanese Shipping Lines commend SLPA

The recent developments of the productivity enhancement in the car carrier operations in the Colombo Port has gained successful results and the same has been appreciated by two leading shipping lines in Japan.

Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line ( N.Y.K.) Shipping Line and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. ( K-Line ) are the leading Japanese Shipping Lines that expressed their pleasure to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority for the safe and speedy procedure being implemented in unloading different kinds of vehicles such as cars, vans, buses, lorries, ambulances, agri-vehicles in the Port of Colombo.

In 2003, 38,960 vehicles have been unloaded in Colombo Port. The number of vehicles unloaded in 2002 was 28,223, which is an increase of 10,637 in number. Of the vehicles brought to Sri Lanka, 85% is imported from Japan.

During the year 2003, N.Y.K. Shipping Line has brought 17,666 vehicles to Colombo in 36 Shipping movements while the number of vehicles brought by K Line was 8,995 in 26 shipping movements. Both these shipping lines utilize specially built car carrier for transportation of vehicles.

A new record has been set up in Colombo Port on January 29 by Ocean Highway of NYK Line unloaing 82 vehicles in an hour from the vessel. " It is the highest number of vehicles unloaded so far in Colombo in an hour.

A staff comprising specially trained drivers has been deployed to Guide Pier where vehicles are unloaded in the Port of Colombo.

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