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SLPA lays foundation stone for Container Freight Station

Ministers, Ministry Secretaries and SLPA officials lay the foundation stone for CFS.
Ministers, Ministry Secretaries and SLPA officials lay the foundation stone for CFS.

The foundation stone for the new Container Freight Station (CFS) was laid last week at the Unity Container Terminal (UCT) premises of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to improve the quality of the container handling facilities at the Port of Colombo.

The event was held with the initiative of Minister of Ports and Shipping - Rohitha Abeygunawardena, and with the participation of State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development - Jayantha Samaraweera, and the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) General Daya Ratnayake.

Speaking at the occasion, Minister of Ports and Shipping - Rohitha Abeygunawardena, said that it would be a turning point in the service sector of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority that immensely contributed to the development of the Sri Lankan port sector. He said that the construction of the new Container Freight Station would lead to the timely delivery of the port service chain with the provision of a state-of-the-art service equipped with modern technology and the latest facilities.

As a regional hub port, the Port of Colombo has taken steps to develop port supply facilities in line with the National Policy Framework, developing the global supply chain and the Sri Lankan economy, whilst maintaining port competitiveness.

He added that the Board of Directors, including the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, had been instructed to protect the port grounds in accordance with the National Policy Plans and developmental framework during the constructions within the port premises. He also said that he believed that such decisions would help strengthen the future of the country and emphasized that he would work his best to revive the Port of Colombo to its best operational status in all sectors.

State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development - Jayantha Samaraweera, addressing the gathering said that he was confident that the new Container Freight Station would bring the Port of Colombo to the forefront of competing ports.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Ratnayake, said that the proposed Container Freight Station (CFS) was expected to be constructed within a year and would be upgraded to provide warehousing facilities by January 2022 by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).

The proposed Container Freight Station (CFS) will cover an area of 9,500 square meters for general cargo and 1060 square meters for hazardous cargo storage. Senior Ministry, SLPA officials also participated.