Sarathkumara Premachandra has been appointed as the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The official appointment was handed over to Premachandra by Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga at a special meeting that took place at SLPA on 03rd December 2015.
Prior to this appointment, Premachandra was serving as the Regional Manager of Asian Terminals of CMA CGM, the world’s third-biggest shipping line.
Addressing the meeting, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga stated that Premachandra’s appointment will add much value to the Port Operations in Colombo. He further stated that, “Mr. Premachandra sacrificed a very lucrative career to come back to Sri Lanka to give his expertise to his motherland and said Premachandra is one of the most eligible persons to be the Managing Director of SLPA. Minister also said that there will be no political interference in day to day handling of the Ports Authority activities and with this new appointment, he is certain that efficiency of the port operations will be further improved.”
Dammika Ranatunga, the Chairman of the SLPA addressing the meeting stated that the new Managing Director will receive the fullest cooperation from the Directors and the Management of the SLPA in implementing the strategic objectives of SLPA. He also highlighted about the increased efficiency levels during the last one month’s operations at the port. The Chairman reiterated that “we have identified human capital as the best strength that SLPA has and I’m confident that with such a strong pool of resources at our disposal, we could deviate from traditional and lethargic practices to begin a new journey with hope, courage and confidence to develop SLPA as one of the best ports in the world. He warmly welcomed the new Managing Director to the Ports Authority.
Premachandra, at one time was SLPA’s Chief Operations Manager, Director (operations) and the Additional Managing Director, having begun his career in 1978 as a management trainee. 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. He 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.
Minister of Ports and Shipping – Arjuna Ranatunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Port and Shipping –L.P.Jayampathy, Additional Secretary (Development) – Mrs. Kanthi Perera, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) –Dammika Ranatunga, Vice Chiarman of SLPA – Dr. W. Lalith Prasanna Perera, Executive Director of SLPA – Sanjeewa Wijeratne, the Board of Directors of SLPA and all Heads of Divisions were present at this special meeting.