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H’tota Port Bunkering facilities from July

Bunkering facilities of the Ruhunu Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port(RMMRP) will commence from next month bringing the much needed additional revenue to the Port. Chairman Sri Lanka Ports Authority Dr Priyath Wickrama said that they would also offer off shore bunkering services as well.


CASA Young Professionals Association was launched last Thursday. Here the new office bearers with Project Minister of Ports and Highways, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, SLPA Chairman Dr Priyath B. Wickrama and other invitees and officials. See also page iii Picture by Sumananchandra Ariyawansa

He also said that all the gantry carnies and other heavy equipment needed for loading and unloading cargo too is being imported. “The investment for this would be around US $ 40 to 50 million.” Dr Wickrama said that these would be up and running by the third quarter of the year.

Speaking at the Ceylon Association of Ships’ Agents (CASA) Young Professionals Association launch he said that already seven local and foreign investors have pledged US $ 700 million for the free zone. “Some of these projects have already commenced.”

He added that they would be also launching their vision for 2020 soon. He recalled that the last breakwater in Colombo was built in 1912 and it took 37 years to complete 2.7 kilometers. “After 96 years we started to build the 6.8 km breakwater in Colombo and this was completed in four years while the Hambantota breakwater on 1.3 km was done in just three years.”

He said that the global economic down turn is having a negative impact and there is an uneasy balance which leads to higher costs. “However we will over come this soon,” he said.

Commenting on the launch he said that young shipping professionals were needed for the future and said that the association launch was a much needed one.

Managing Director Colombo Dockyard, Managala Yapa speaking at the event at Kingsbury hotel said that the lack of young professionals for the local shipping industry is a huge problem and forming a association of this nature would help to produce more youth to the industry. Chairman Young Professionals of CASA, Mevan Peiris said that the formation within CASA would provide a unique and dedicated platform to identify and develop the skills and experience needs of the next generation of Sri Lankan shipping professionals.

“The membership would be open to persons below 35 years, through the association we hope to develop both professional and leadership skills that the local shipping industry will need as the economy expands under the government’s plan to develop the country into a shipping hub.”

Project Minister for Ports and Highways Rohitha Abeygunawardane was the Chief Guest.

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