Hat- trick for team SAGT at Global Ports Forum in Dubai; Recognized as ‘Best Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent Region’ for third consecutive year
May 21, 2019

SAGT General Manager Operations Mr. Upul Jinadasa being presented the award by His Excellency Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation for Economic & Trade Affairs of UAE in the presence of Mr. Thiomas Ng, Chaiman of The Global Ports Forum.


South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) enhanced its Portfolio of Awards by winning the title of “Best Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent Region” presented by the Singapore based Global Ports Forum for the third consecutive year. SAGT also won a second award as the “Best Transshipment Hub Port Terminal of the year”. The awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai under the patronage of Chief Guest, His Excellency Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation for Economic & Trade Affairs of UAE.

Speaking of this latest industry recognition, Romesh David, SAGT’s CEO said “SAGT set its sights on a new horizon of excellence in Dec 2018, surpassing its highest throughput of 2 Million TEUs in a calendar year. These global awards are a testimony to customer support, teamwork and the close collaboration of diverse stakeholders working towards providing the best outcome in all
our activities”. He acknowledged the Sri Lanka Ports Authority for its commitment to enhance marine services in the Port of Colombo and the positive role that the other terminals, JCT and
CICT, play in the continued growth of throughput over Colombo.

Receiving the awards, Upul Jinadasa, General Manager – Operations, said “the GPF hat-trick for team SAGT is an endorsement of the consistency of service offered to our customers”. He recalled
his pledge to aspire to the 2019 award for the Port of Colombo, when accepting the same award in 2018. Dedicating the award to SAGT’s Customers and the Team at the Terminal, he added that
“Team SAGT’s commitment to excellence is a cornerstone of our continued success”. He went on to thank SAGT’s customers, service partners and stakeholders for their integral contribution to
operational efficiencies that collectively improves productivity across the supply-chain.

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) the first private container terminal in Sri Lanka (with approximately 60% of Sri Lankan shareholding) and commenced operations in 1999, launching the Port of Colombo as global trade’s preeminent gateway hub to South Asia. Today, the terminal is one of three operators in the Port of Colombo and continues to offer the international container shipping community a competitive best in class service. SAGT is a Board of Investment flagship company consisting of four shareholders – John Keells Holdings, Maersk/APM Terminals, SLPA and Peony investments (subsidiary of Evergreen Marine Corporation).