Sri Lankan Port Authority Warns of Severe Delays At Colombo Port

The recent Colombo logjam, labor shortages, COVID-19 outbreaks, acute container shortages, last week’s cyclone-related disruptions at Chennai and other nearby ports have created severe delays in Colombo’s port.

The recent Colombo logjam, labor shortages, COVID-19 outbreaks, acute container shortages, last week’s cyclone-related disruptions at Chennai and other nearby ports have created severe delays in Colombo’s port.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s (SLPA) reassured the public that they are trying to bring Colombo port flow back to normal as soon as possible. 

SLPA Chairman General Daya Ratnayake explained that around 20,000 containers were still held up at the Colombo Port as clearing of the goods has slowed down due to cumulative factors

.“All operations and other services of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s (SLPA) terminals and all other sister terminals at the Port of Colombo are swiftly returning to normal,” said the Sri Lankan government.

Ratnayake added that the number of containers for export had been reduced to around 500 from 800 to 1000 a day due to the export restrictions and that it had nothing to do with their operations.

“Considering the effort displayed by Port of Colombo, we are confident that we can return to normalcy and continue to extend the high level of service and efficiency our customers have become accustomed to,” claimed the SLPA. 


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