Eranda Kotelawala

Solomon Islands Ports Authority

Chief Executive Officer

Eranda Kotelawala was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Islands Ports Authority in February 2017. Prior to that, he was the COO of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited managing five major ports of entry into Fiji. Eranda brings 23 years of management experience predominantly in shipping and several other industries in in Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sultanate of Oman, and Singapore.

He has consulted on Business Process Re-engineering Projects in major Port projects in the South Pacific, the Gulf region and South Africa. Eranda holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Aberdeen Business School, and further specialized in Business Process Re-Engineering. He is a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, Fellow of Chartered Management Institute UK, Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute UK, He is also a full member of Institute of Management Consultants Australia. 

Sessions With Eranda Kotelawala

Friday, 25 June

  • 11:00am - 11:45am (CET) / 25/jun/2021 09:00 am - 25/jun/2021 09:45 am


    IAPH Regional: Post-pandemic Resilience of Ports in South-East Asia and Oceania


    The initial impact of the COVID19 pandemic on ports in South East Asia and Oceania was significant, with the region suffering both extremes of major drops in vessel calls and cargo handled followed by an influx of demand and capacity utilization as the recovery took hold. With recent reversals in trends, ports are faced with the need to build up long-term resilience to combat extreme fluctuations in demand, ever-increasing vessel sizes, and changes in trade patterns. In this session learn how a variety of very different ports are handling these challenges. 

  • 02:25pm - 02:55pm (CET) / 25/jun/2021 12:25 pm - 25/jun/2021 12:55 pm

    Climate and Energy

    Financing Decarbonization of Shipping


    With the recent submissions of key IMO member states and NGOs to MEPC 76 urging the imposition of market-based measures to finance and accelerate the decarbonization of shipping, will the USD 5 billion "moonshot" be enough? What are advanced charterers, owners and other maritime partners already doing in order to push decarbonization forward ? How realistic are the IMO 2050 targets and what are the principal barriers to reaching them ?