As noted in our official statement, this is one step towards achieving the objectives of making the Port of Colombo a green port, keeping in mind that ports can serve as a potential decarbonization hub for the energy transition.

It is regrettable to see that the Agence France-Presse (AFP) has published a distorted news item on a donation of 100 bicycles by the Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) for internal use. Such an infringement in reporting titled Sri Lanka port switches to pedal power after fuel shortages” does not only damage the credibility of one of the world’s leading news agencies, but also tarnishes the reputation of our institute as an unwavering pioneer in maintaining the global supply chain without interruption under any circumstances.

We issued the official statement about this initiative on our official website and social media accounts yesterday. The SLPA would like to reiterate the fact that the CASA did not donate the 100 bicycles to the port due to fuel shortages. In fact, the SLPA continues to supply adequate fuel for operations and services. It also continues to provide special fuel facilities and transportation services for all employees to report for work without interruption.

As noted in our official statement, this is one step towards achieving the objectives of making the Port of Colombo a green port, keeping in mind that ports can serve as a potential decarbonization hub for the energy transition. A new cycle lane is being constructed for port employees and port users to use these bicycles. As a reputable global news agency, we hope the AFP will publish this clarification in line with the priority they have given to their previous news.

Source: SLPA