New Solomon Islands Port Authority CEO To Review Predecessor’s Strategies

Reconsidering current tariff rates to be one of the focuses of review

By Ronald Toito’ona

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 24, 2017) – Moves are underway to review and reconsider some of the existing Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) strategies that are instigated by the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Colin Yow.

One of the main focuses of the review will be to address the current tariffs increase.

SIPA’s newly appointed CEO Eranda Kotelawala stated this, when speaking in a face to face dialogue with a group of shipping agents and the media yesterday.

One shipping agent told Mr Kotelawala that the Port users want the tariff rates to be reviewed.

In response to the view, the Sri Lankan national said this comes down to the SIPA management.

“These issues are a management problem,” Mr Kotelawala said.

“But, we need to actually review the tariff rates and other special increases at the Port,” he added.

This confirmation comes as good news for the Shipping agents that were part of the meeting.

Mr Kotelawala said he will also sit down with his team to discuss a 2–3 years master plan.

Following the reassessment, Mr Kotelawala and his team will work on the methodologies to improve the services provided at the Ports Authority.

“We will get there.

“We will sort out all the issues step by step.

“So, expect few changes to happen in the next six months,” the new SIPA boss said.

Meanwhile, some of the points that were raised during the meeting include the productivity of the Ports Authority, the ship and vehicle turn-around schedule, reconstruction of existing jetties (infrastructure), traffic study to know the best time for shipping schedules, buying more equipment for the berths, and many others.

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