A full-scale IT infrastructure drive, featuring upgrades to terminal management and cargo systems, has begun at the Port of Colombo to turn it into a ‘smart port’ within 18 months.
Minister of ports, shipping and southern development Sagala Ratnayaka said: “This is a long-drawn process that will happen over time with rapidly advancing technology.
“But our Smart Port initiative will lay the groundwork for the longer-term transformation with the right IT and tech infrastructure.”
The upgraded terminal management system will include gate automation, yard automation, quay side automation, prime route DGPS, business intelligence tools, web portals and simulation tools.
The LKR929m (US$5m) plan is for the port to operate with greater efficiency and handle a greater volume of activities within a shorter period of time with the use of advanced IT and information systems.
Ratnayaka added: “What we need to understand is that being smart is a mindset. Colombo must embrace the Smart Port concept with the right frame of mind.
“This is not about upgrading IT and information systems and forgetting everything else. Cleanliness of the port, the attitude of workers, its administration and welfare should also be geared towards the same transformation.”