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Sri Lanka: SLPA MD completes tenure

Outgoing MD is replaced by present Harbour Master Capt. Athula Hewavitharana






( November 30, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Managing Director Sarath Premachandra has stepped down on completion of his term of office of three years.

Mr Premachandra who was appointed in November 2015 and was a retired employee of the SLPA was brought in by Minister Ranatunga as the then MD of the establishment. He is replaced by present Harbour Master Capt. Athula Hewavitharana.

[caption id="attachment_54380" align="alignleft" width="236"] Capt. Athula Hewavitharana[/caption]

Meanwhile, authorities are currently working on the corporate plan for the future of the establishment that would be drafted for the next three years.

Mr H D.A.S.Premachandra graduated in Business Administration also holds a Master’s degree with first-class honours on Port Management and Harbour Administration from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He Joined Sri Lanka Ports Authority as a management trainee in October 1978 and moved up through the ranks to be the Additional Managing Director in January 2001 a position he held until he left SLPA in 2004 after clocking a 25-year service.

He also worked at Port of Fujairah from 1991 to 1992 and at Westport of Malaysia as the Technical Advisor and the Head of Container Terminals department from 1999 to 2000.

He left SLPA on leave to work as the Regional Manager (Ports and Terminals –Asia) of CMA CGM SA, the third-largest shipping line globally. In August 2004 Mr Premachandra Left SLPA to continue with the same company.

Before rejoining SLPA as the Managing Director on 1st December 2015 he worked at CMA CGM Terminal Link and CMA Terminals, stationed in Kualalumpur Mumbai and Busan. During this period he had worked in a multitude of Ports assisting CMA CGM in investment in Terminals, in designing and developing and Managing Container Terminals including fully automated facilities as well as in improving port performance for their shipping lines in countries around the globe including Middle East, Africa USA and Europe.

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