Mahapola Academy

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Contacts - Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy (MPMA)


Institute Address :
  Chief Training Manager
  Sri Lanka Ports Authority
  Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy
  507, De La Salle Street,
  Colombo 15.
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Telephone : +94 11 2522452 / +94 11 2523268
Fax : +94 11 2522660
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History Of Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy

After ports Authority was formed in 1979 it revealed the necessity of establishing a fully equipped Training Institute to undertake skill manpower requirements in all aspects of the port in compliance with the port developments taken place in transforming the Colombo Port in to a Leading container Pivot Port in the region. SLPA-Mahapola Training Institute which was built in 5.5 acres of land with approximate cost of Rs. 45 million was declared open in 1987. The UNCTAD\ILO has also assisted through the UNDP project to the value of US $665,929 in the form of consultancy, equipment and training of trainers.

Our Vision & Mission Statement
Affiliations with International / National Organizations


  • Training of SLPA personnel on ongoing basis so as to improve the skills and knowledge of employees for the enhancement of efficiency, productivity and safety at work places.
  • Providing educational and training facilities for all categories of Port users.
  • Providing training to outside personnel both local & foreign in different fields of Port related activities.
  • Providing assistance in the training efforts undertaken on national basis in the national interest.


  • 08 class rooms equipped with the most modern facilities.
  • Audio visual center with latest equipment.
  • Full-scale ship simulator.
  • Computer Based Crane Simulator
  • Full-scale fire fighting simulator.
  • Workshop facilities for training in Electrical/Electronic/Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronic Laboratory for Industry Automation.
  • Paved yard area of 1.5 acres for port equipment operations training
  • Reference library, canteen and locker room facilities.
  • Fully fledged Air conditioned Auditorium.
  • Computer training Unit.



The training institute annually calls for training requirements from all the Divisions and sections of SLPA. Based on the training needs forwarded by the divisions and sections of Authority and the other user organizations the training staff develop and deliver training courses and arrange Workshops Seminars with the recourse personnel drawn from the line departments and also from outside organizations on specialist subjects.

The curriculum development unit of the Institute is assisting the training streams to develop their training programs, Workshops and Seminars and also provide the necessary visual aids, final evaluation of courses and reservations of training facilities. In addition to the course development activities examinations for the promotions and recruitment of employees of  SLPA are also conducted by the CD Unit.

Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy - Colombo


Latest News

  • Mahapola Training Institute has achieved the quality award of ISO 9001 : 2000 Certification
  • Presently they have extended their services to international organizations as well.

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