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Sarathkumara Premachandra, presently regional manager of Asian terminals of CMA CGM, the world’s third-biggest shipping line, has been appointed the new Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).

Sarathkumara Premachandra
Sarathkumara Premachandra

Premachandra, who takes over from 1 December, had previously been the SLPA’s Managing Director from the year 2000 to 2002 having begun his career in 1978 at SLPA as a management trainee.

At SLPA, he went through the ranks of Commercial Assistant, Superintendent, Chief Superintendent, Assistant Operations manager(Container Terminal), Operations Manager (Container Terminal) Deputy Chief Operations manager (Head of both container Terminals), Chief Operations Manager (Head of all operational Terminals of Port of Colombo, Director of Operations (Head of Operations of all ports) before being appointed as the Managing Director of SLPA in the year 2000.

He has wide experience in container terminal operations, having held senior management positions at the Port of Fujairah and Westport of Malaysia, in addition to SLPA terminals.

Premachandra joined CMA CGM group in 2002. France’s CMA CGM, based in Marseille, has the world’s third biggest container fleet, behind Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

It also operates terminals worldwide through its Terminal Link and CMA Terminals units.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga had recently appointed his younger brother, Dammika Ranatunga as the Chairman of the SLPA. The move scouted widespread criticism among many who alleged that the Minister was flouting his self imposed pledge of sticking to the “good governance” criteria.