Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) recently signed an agreement to purchase essential cranes for operations at the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT).
As per the agreement it is expected to purchase gantry and transfer cranes that await long standing necessities at the JCT. The much older machinery in operation at the JCT caused considerable concern over matters pertaining to the efficiency at the JCT during the recent past and as a fruitful measure to overcome the barriers arisen due to the situation, the Chairman of SLPA Dr. Priyath B.Wickrama and the Management have taken steps to sign the agreement. The agreement was signed between the Chairman of SLPA Dr. Priyath B.Wickrama and the Director (Sales and Marketing) of ZPMC Chen Hai.
ZPMC of China who signed the agreement with SLPA in this regard is the world's most prominent company in the making of port gantry cranes and mobile cranes at present. More than 100 leading ports around the globe utilize their products. By purchasing such equipment from ZPMC of China it is expected to avoid the impossibilities of importing spare parts for the existing machinery in the circumstances pertaining to the purchasing of such items for the machinery utilized by SLPA at present.
The recently signed agreement enables SLPA to purchase three Gantry Cranes and twenty four mobile cranes at a cost of Rs.7200 million. Although it takes around 16 months to obtain the required machinery following the agreement, according to the usual procedure, ZPMC has certified that it would take maximum efforts to minimize the period in favour of the strong position of bilateral and diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and China.
The new gantries would be of greater capacity than the ones in operation at present at JCT and are also higher in operational efficiency as well as technology. The Chairman of SLPA Dr. Priyath B Wickrama is confident that the arrival of the new machinery at JCT is sure to boost the efficiency of JCT to a higher standard while contributing towards the port's target of emerging as a hub port in the region.
The executive Director of SLPA Dr. Sanjaya Sedara Senarath Chief Engineer (Mechanical Plant), E.A. Edirisuriya, Chief Engineer (Electrical and Electronic) Datta Gunasekara and several representatives of ZPMC also participated at the occasion of signing the agreement.