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American President visits colombo harbour

“APL France” [of the American President Line & now owned by APL Company Ltd.,] a mega vessel of 9000 containers arrived at the Jaya Container Terminal [JCT] of Colombo Harbour on 19th January 2009.  The vessel built in 2007, having a length of 320 meters, operates for the SCX [South China Europe Express] service. 

Since the signing of the Exclusive Terminal Service agreement on 31st December 2008, “APL France” is the 5th vessel for 2009 calling at JCT – Colombo.  The previous vessel “APL Los Angeles” berthed at JCT on 16th January 2009 completed with a pleasing productivity level of 34 crane moves per hour, having reached over 140 vessel moves per hour at times utilizing 03 quay cranes.

 APL Company [PTE] Ltd., having APL Lanka [PVT] Ltd., as it’s local agent is one of the several mega carriers who have signed exclusive TSAs with JCT – Sri Lanka, Ports Authority for 2009.

 To mark the inaugural call of APL France under this new service at JCT a plaque exchange was also held on board the vessel between Chairman of SLPA Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama and the Ship’s Master Capt. Vladimir Krivets.  

Managing Director of SLPA Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Director (Operations) Mr. U. Bopitiya, Snr. Deputy Harbour Master Capt. A. Hewavitharana, Managing Director of the local agents of APL Lanka (Private) Limited Mr. Elias Y Abraham, Manager Operations Mr. Rohan Jaseph, a number of higher officers of SLPA and representatives of APL Lanka (Private) Limited were also present at the occasion.

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