More berth facilities in Colombo Port to raise productivity
The state-owned container terminal in Colombo Port unveiled plans to
add berths for feeder vessels in a bid to raise productivity and reduce
congestion as the volume of cargo increases and navigation restrictions
The Cabinet paper will be submitted for this purpose within two weeks
to get approval to convert berths to multi purpose berths, Director
(Port Operations) Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) U. Bopitiya said.
This comes as the northern entrance to Colombo port is currently
closed to ward off Tamil Tiger attacks, which has resulted in having
only one navigation channel being opened to traffic, which has led to
congestion, longer waiting times, and rising costs.
The SLPA will develop four feeder berths for the smaller regional
container vessels that call at the port for transhipment to South Asia
via Colombo. Bopitiya said this is an interim measure to ease congestion
until the planned new mega-port, the South Port of Colombo, is open for
Colombo has four deep-water berths at the State-run Jaya Container
Terminal, three deep-water berths at the privatised South Asia Gateway
Terminals, and two feeder berths at the Unity Container Terminal to
serve increasing container trade, reports Lanka Business Online.
The SLPA will use a combination of mobile cranes and top lifters to
handle cargo at the planned new berths. Some of the port’s general cargo
berths are also expected to be turned which can handle container feeder
vessels. This would free up the deep-water berths for the bigger ships
of main line operators.
Meanwhile, the construction of breakwater project, the lowest bidder
is Hyundai (US$ 360 billion). Other bidders were China Harbour (US$ 620
million) and Hanjin (US $ 710 million). It is learned that technical
evaluation has been done and has reported to ADB.
Maiden call of Taiwan-based CNC Line, owned by the French Group CMA-CGM
was made at the Port of
Meet: CEO SAGT Steve Atkin, Private Secretary to Minister of
Ports & Aviation A. T. K. Chandrasena, MD SAR Maritime Raaju
Radha, Chairman SLPA, Saliya Wickramasinghe, Deputy Chairman of
SLPA Priyantha Wickrama and CNC Master of Helene Rickmers
Colombo recently. This vessel is the first ship
of the newly launched SPX service deploying three vessels to cover
Singapore-Port Kelang-Colombo-Karachi-Mundra to call Colombo.
On the occasion of the inaugural call of CNC Line to Colombo,
Minister of Ports and Aviation Chamal Rajapaksa sent a congratulatory
message to welcome and wish the new shipping line all the best.
The on-board function was well attended by top Shipping, Navy, Port,
Terminal officials and well wishers. There was a ceremony of plaque
exchange with SAR Maritime presenting plaques to SLPA, SAGT and CNC.
Similarly SLPA and SAGT presented plaques to CNC (collected by Master of
mv Helene Rickmers).
CNC’s takeover by French-based CMA CGM earlier this year kick-started
the company’s active expansion of its operations by deploying additional
larger ships and starting new service strings.
CNC has embarked upon a major service expansion programme covering
intra-Asia trade with four new services launched recently. These are in
addition to the existing services covering the China, India, Korea,
Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam,
Capt Igal Dafni, CEO of CNC elaborated: ‘Since April, our
commercially-operated fleet has increased from 11 vessels to 19 vessels
while our estimated liftings in October will be equivalent to 700,000
TEU a year; a 20 per cent increase over last year’s figures.’ On the
occasion of the Maiden call of mv Helene Rickmers, Capt Igal Dafni CEO
of CNC wished its Agent in Sri Lanka SAR Maritime Agencies all the best
and many successes in its endeavors in Sri Lanka.
Colombo South Port construction bids to be entertained
The Supreme Court had last Wednesday ordered the government to open
all four financial bids to build a new container terminal in the new
Colombo South Port project, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) sources
The order came after a consortium led by conglomerate John Keells
Holdings sought court intervention when their technical bid for the
project was rejected.
The financial bids to build and operate the first container terminal
in the new deep water port to be built next to Colombo are scheduled to
be opened Thursday.
Also on Thursday, the Appeal Court will hear a case filed by Aitken
Spence, which has bid for the terminal in partnership with PSA Corp,
seeking to block a rival bid by Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH). HPH and
PSA Corp are two of the world’s biggest port operators, SLPA Deputy
Chief Manager Communication Nalin Aponso said.
The Supreme Court order indicates that the Cabinet appointed
negotiating committee will have to open the bid submitted by the JKH-led
consortium that includes South Asia Gateway Terminals which runs Colombo
Port’s privatized container terminal, and the holding company of
“Dal Reunion” makes maiden call at Colombo
“DAL REUNION” the 2400 TEU Vessel operated by Deutsche Afrika -
Linien, the Hamburg - based shipping line, is scheduled to make her
maiden call in Colombo this week.
To celebrate the occasion, DAL together with the local agent,
Shipping Agency Services hosted their customers and other officials, at
a reception. In attendance were Klaus Lahlah, Director of DAL and
Gabriele Reiter, Senior Manager.
Addressing the gathering Klaus Lahlah indicated that their service
had been well accepted in all the Asian Ports of call, including
Having served Europe to Africa trades for over a 100 years, this was
the first time that DAL had entered the Asian market and they were well
pleased, withe the immediate success experienced by the line. DAL
presently runs several very successful container liner services in the
South Africa, East Africa, Mediterranean, UK and Continent sectors.
The line owns several fully containerised modern vessels which are
deployed in their liner services.
The cornerstone of DAL’s impeccable reputation in the liner trade in
Africa and Europe, is the emphasis placed on customer care.
Utmost flexibility and providing reliability through quality is the
key to DAL’s growing customer base.
DAL have assured, their customers in Sri Lanka, of the same quality
service and reliability that they have been renowned for, in their
history spanning a 100 years.
Seagate posts better-than-expected profit and sales
Seagate Technology, the world’s largest maker of hard drives, on
Tuesday reported a stronger-than-expected profit for its fiscal first
quarter, as demand drove up its sales 18 percent.
Net income for the quarter that ended Sept. 28 grew to $355 million
(euro250.88 million), or 64 cents per share, more than 18 times the
year-ago period’s earnings of $19 million (euro13.43 million), or 3
cents per share.
Excluding about $30 million (euro21.2 million) of amortization and
other charges associated with its acquisitions of Maxtor and EVault,
Seagate earned 69 cents per share in the latest period, beating Wall
Street’s expectations of adjusted earnings of 64 cents per share,
according to poll of analysts by Thomson Financial.
Revenue climbed to $3.29 billion (euro2.33 billion) from $2.79
billion (euro1.97 billion) in the year-earlier quarter. Analysts were
projecting revenue of $3.22 billion (euro2.28 billion).
In August, Seagate raised its outlook for the first quarter, due to
favorable supply and demand conditions and a better product mix,
forecasting profit of 57 cents to 61 cents per share on revenue of $3.15
billion (euro2.23 billion) to $3.25 billion (euro2.3 billion).
The company said it shipped a record 47 million disk drives in the
quarter, up 21 percent from the year-ago period.