US Department of Transportation officials meet SLPA Chairman

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 From left: SLPA Harbour Master Capt. Nirmal De Silva, Director (BD and M) Sarath Dayananada, Managing Director Susatha Abeysiriwardena, Vice Chairman Gayan Algewattege, Chairman Keith D. Bernard, US Department of Transportation Senior Advisor Brian Varney, Senior Regional Manager, Asia Pacific Joseph C. Traini, US Embassy Colombo Economic Affairs Division Commercial/Economic Assistant Thiloma Abayanayaka, US Department of Transportation Foreign Policy Advisor Luke Zahner and Regional EXBS Advisor Sarah Welsh  


Officials from the US Department of Transportation recently met Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Keith Bernard and discussed further collaboration between the two organisations.

Bernard updated the US officials on future developments of the Port of Colombo (POC) and especially, the East Container Terminal (ECT) and the West Container Terminal (WCT). 

He also talked of the development of logistic facilities in the Port of Colombo and emphasised the need of further training and required areas of training in the sector for SLPA staff personnel.

The Chairman thanked the outgoing Consultant Brian Varney, Senior Advisor, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation for his service and contribution to Sri Lanka’s maritime and transportation sector. He welcomed Joseph C. Traini, Senior Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary as the incoming Consultant.

Officials from the US Department of Transportation confirmed assistance to SLPA to develop various areas of the Port Sector and assured on strengthening the relationship with the US Department of Transportation.