Container transport owners threaten TU action

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The All-Island Container Transport Owners’ Federation (AICTOF) threatened trade union action if the Ministry of Ports and Shipping does not take measures to provide them with fuel from the Ports Authority fuel station.

Chairman AICTOF, Sanath Manjula, was speaking following a meeting with Minister of Ports and Shipping Nimal Siripala de Silva. He claimed the Minister did not offer a solution to the issue.

“We require 150,000 litres of fuel on a daily basis. As a result, we urged the Minister to provide us with fuel from a filling station affiliated to the Ports Authority,” he explained. He also said the inability to transport import-export containers has made it difficult for export products made in investment zones to be transported due to a shortage of diesel.

“We have to stand in line for 8-10 days to get fuel. Approximately, 80 per cent of these vehicles were out of service due to a faulty fuelling system. This situation has had a significant impact on Sri Lanka’s export sector, and there is a risk that Bangladesh and Myanmar, which have lost industries, will once again be able to acquire exports from more countries. “Despite repeated requests from the authorities to develop a system to supply fuel for import and export container trucks, nothing has been done so far” he said.

BY Thameenah Razeek