JCT throughput tops 2 m TEUs
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) run Jaya Container Terminal [JCT]
has recorded a throughput volume of two million; twenty foot equivalent
units (TEUs) in a little over eleven months this year. Total TEU
handling of two million recorded an increase of 26.5 percent compared to
The two millionth container being discharged from the vessel
The SLPA recorded an increase of 7.6 percent compared to the total
figure of 1.9 million TEUs, the highest-ever performance rate recorded
by SLPA in 2008 before recession hit global trade, Sri Lanka Ports
Authority Managing Director Capt Nihal Keppetipola said.
He said this performance was achieved for the first time in its
history as a State-run terminal. “SLPA has been performing its above
average efficiencies through the past years and has displayed an
impressive growth trend. The Colombo Port would also reach the four
million TEU mark before the end of the year, which will also be a
“Phase One of the Colombo South Harbour which gives an additional 2.4
million TEU capacity will be ready by early 2013 ensuring Sri Lanka the
South Asian Container Hub status,” Keppetipola said.
The breakup of this two million TEUs handled by SLPA, includes a 37
percent increase of local import and export TEUs and a 21 percent boost
of transshipment TEUs.
The SLPA is in a better position as a state-run terminal compared to
the privately-owned South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), which possesses
a 16 percent volume increase in the period under review, he said.
The SLPA has attracted about eleven new shipping services to the JCT
in the recent past and the mega liners such as APL and MSC are now
The highest-ever monthly volume of 201,217 TEUs was achieved in
August with an increase of 22 percent compared to the corresponding
year. Meanwhile, the Port of Colombo (including SAGT), handled 360,973
TEUs in August marking a 10 percent improvement.