Sri Lanka to transform Colombo Port into a ‘smart port’

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka government has taken steps to modernize the information technology systems at the country’s main Colombo port to transform the port into a ‘Smart Port’.

Ports & Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake said transforming Colombo Port into a Smart Port is a timely need. He said the government has allocated Rs. 929 million to upgrade the IT systems at the Port to transform it into a “smart port” with automated functions to improve efficiency.

“We have allocated Rs. 929 million to make this possible by upgrading IT systems to streamline terminal management and cargo systems,” the Minister said. He added that the project will be completed within 12-18 months.

The initiative will include using satellite-based positioning systems which provide improved location accuracy to make the best use of container handling equipment within port terminals and increase productivity.

It will also include business intelligence tools, web portals and simulation tools, Ratnayaka said.

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