The transshipment volumes of the Colombo port's container terminals had
slumped in November 2020 due to the
second wave of covid 19 in the Sri Lankan capital forcing the port work force
to abstain from work. This lead to severe congestion in the port according to
Sri Lankan media reports
Eighty per cent of the transshipment volumes belong to the Indian ports
especially in the east coast. at one state the srilankan government promulgated
emergency power to force workers to resume duty.
Most of the ships
got diverted to Cochin or Tuticorin
Most of the ships got diverted to Cochin or Tuticorin since in any case the
transhipment cargo belonged to Indian ports
Container transhipment volumes declined by 7.4 per cent year-on-year to
394,737 TEUs in November, after recovering to pre-pandemic levels in July, data
Container throughput at the port’s deep-water terminal, Colombo
International Container Terminals (CICT), declined by 11.5 per cent to 206,000
TEUs in the month compared to the same period in 2019.
Consequently, the overall container handling at the port, including
domestic container handling, fell by 9.2 per cent to 491,836 TEUs in November.
The Sri Lankan Port authority said the operations of the port returned to
normalcy by the early part of December and container transhipment volumes in
the 11 months declined by 2.3 per cent.
Two days ago the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakshe told the
country's parliament that three gantry cranes from adjacent Jaya terminal was
transferred to the Colombo's east terminal in an effort to commence operations
from the terminal and boost volumes from the port.