SAGT hits new record in annual throughput
South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) marked a new record in annual
throughput in 2007. SAGT handled 1,546,497 TEUS last year, a 16% volume
growth compared to last year, company sources said.
In 2007, the domestic throughput volume of SAGT increased by 26%
while the transshipment volume increased by 13%. SAGT handled 1,208
vessels in 2007.
SAGT recorded an impressive productivity improvement during the last
year and vessel productivity increased by 26% and gross crane rate
improved by 15% compared to 2006. The company said that the commitment
and the team spirit of the “SAGT Team” was the key for this success.
SAGT will maintain this productivity improvement and is planning to
improve its terminal equipment this year.
A super post panamax quay crane with a twin lift and three new rubber
tyred gantries are scheduled to be operational by the end of October
this year. This crane is the first of its kind to be deployed in the
Port of Colombo.
The crane has an outreach of 52 metres, an air draft of 41 metres and
a lifting capacity of 50 tons under the spreader and 65 tons under the
SAGT has also invested to improve its computer system.
The company has signed an agreement with a reputed global IT firm
specialising in port related systems to implement a fully automated
differential global position system (DGPS) at SAGT. The project will be
The new system will be an accurate satellite based position detection
facility. Accurate position detection is crucial for efficient yard and
vessel planning and therefore the facility will help SAGT to enhance the
planning process. GW