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Gets awarded best Port/ Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent region 2016


Photo : SAGT Commercial & Marketing Manager Mrs. Dhashma Karunaratne being presented the award by His Excellency Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economics & Trade of UAE (Former CEO of DP World)

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), the first private container terminal operator in Sri Lanka with approximately 60% Sri Lankan shareholdership, has yet again featured Sri Lanka prominently on the world maritime stage.

This time SAGT was awarded the “Best Terminal in South Asia” by the Singapore based Global Ports Forum at a glittering gala awards dinner at the Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.

The global event was graced by the patronage of HE Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economics & Trade of UAE.

In presenting the award, SAGT was commended as “The terminal in the Indian sub-continent enhancing capacity & productivity with sustainable & consistent growth providing value added quality services to customers delight”

His Excellency as the former CEO of DP World clearly identifies high performers and commended GPF for recognizing the fore runners of the industry who have created new benchmarks for operational efficiency across all facets of the global maritime industry.”

SAGT’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ted Muttiah said “I am delighted Sri Lanka’s maritime capability is recognized in the global arena”. Adding “it is commendable that SAGT has further strengthened its unique value proposition of high productivity while growing at a robust 19 percent year-over-year in 2016.” He concluded with “this is a tremendous outcome for Sri Lanka’s maritime community and a reflection of the huge potential therein.”

Mr Erwin Haaze – Chief Executive Officer observed “the collaborative efforts of the many stakeholders of the Port of Colombo, specially the Sri Lanka Port Authority and our Customers - through efficient planning, make a vital contribution to the high-performance at SAGT.” He added “I dedicate this award to TEAM SAGT, who’s commitment to excellence and unrelenting determination for continuous improvement, has earned this prestigious award to our Company; SAGT – The Best Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent.”

SAGT was previously ranked #1 in South Asia and #4 in the world for Terminal Productivity by the Journal of Commerce (JoC) USA, at the last time they ranked the South Asia region separately in 2015.

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) the first private stevedoring company in Sri Lanka (with approximately 60% of Sri Lankan shareholdership) commenced operations in 1999, launching the Port of Colombo as global trade’s eminent gateway hub to South Asia. Today, the terminal is one of three operators in the Port of Colombo and continues to offer the international container shipping community a competitive best in class service. SAGT is a Board of Investment flagship company consisting of four shareholders – John Keells Holdings, APM Terminals, SLPA and Peony investments (subsidiary of Evergreen Marine Corporation).

South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd                       Media Contact: Mr. Ted Muttiah, Chief Commercial Officer  
Company No PV 326    
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L to R: Mrs. Dhashma Karunaratne (Commercial & Marketing Manager – SAGT), His Excellency Mohammed Sharaf, Mr Ted Muttiah (Chief Commercial Officer - SAGT)


Mrs Dhashma Karunaratne (Commercial & Marketing Manager - SAGT) dedicating the award to Team SAGT

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