SAGT strengthens its operating infrastructure capabilities
May 14, 2019


South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd, the first public private partnership stevedoring container terminal in Sri Lanka strengthened its operating infrastructure capabilities with the addition of six state-of-the-art Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Cranes recently. The addition of the new yard handling equipment will boost the terminal’s RTG fleet from 31 to 37. This latest operational enhancement follows the introduction of ten (10) intra-terminal trailers in June 2018. The six ZPMC built RTGs are state of the art, providing operator ergonomic comfort, optimum
safety and a host of features designed for high-efficiency.

SAGT was recently awarded the “Best Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent Region” for third consecutive year and was also awarded the coveted “Best Transshipment Hub Port Terminal of the year” by Singapore based Global Ports Forum. With a commitment to operational best practice with safety at its core, SAGT continues to set the benchmark for best in class terminal productivity.

Romesh David, SAGT’s Chief Executive Officer stated “Team SAGT is committed to continuous integration of best practices and technologies in line with our commitment to performance excellence. These investments will bolster capacity through further increases in our productivity across all facets of operations thereby contributing towards augmenting the Port of Colombo’s overall container handling capacity”.

He further stated that “the maritime industry faces a sustained tough global operating environment in which we continue to work in partnership with our stakeholders to deliver value to our customers through operational efficiency leading to gains through reduced transaction costs. This in turn contributes to further under-scoring the competitiveness of the Port of
Colombo as the pre-eminent container shipping hub in the region” he added.

SAGT with a design capacity at inception of 1.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) achieved a throughput of more than 2 million TEUs in 2018. It was the highest number of
containers handled by the terminal in a single year, since it began operations in 1999. SAGT has been featured by top global shipping lines as a case study for partnership-based
performance excellence.

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) the first public private partnership container terminal in Sri Lanka (with approximately 60% of Sri Lankan shareholding) 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 (BOI) flagship company consisting of four shareholders – John Keells Holdings, Maersk/APM Terminals, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and Evergreen Marine Corporation.