Friday, November 6, 2009

North entrance of the Colombo Port re-opened

The first vessel Lal Bahadur Shastri departs from the Northern entrance of the Colombo Port. Here Port, Aviation, Irrigation and Water Management Minister, Chamal Rajapaksa, Navy Chief, Vice Admiral, Tissara Samarasinghe and Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman, Dr. Priyath Wickramage look on.

The north entrance of the Colombo Port was reopened this morning after a lapse of eight years, Ports and Civil Aviation Ministry said.

Minister of Ports and Aviation Chamal Rajapaksa in a special ceremony held this morning reopened the north entrance of the Port.

The north entrance of the Port was closed since 2001 and since then the Port was serviced with only the south entrance, Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority told the media.

He expects to increase the efficiency and productivity of the Port with the reopening of the north entrance.

Indian vessel MV Lal Bahadur Shastri was the first vessel to leave through the entrance after it was reopened.

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