Colombo terminal handles 2.9m TEU in 2019, continuing on its sharp growth track
THE Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) in Sri Lanka handled 2
THE Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) in Sri Lanka handled 2.9 million TEU in 2019, representing a year-on-year increase by 8.6 per cent.
The CICT, which manages the Colombo South Terminal, said the figure accounts for 40 per cent of the volume of the port of Colombo in the 12 months ending December 31, 2019, Colombo Page of Indianapolis reported.
The terminal controlled by China's CM Ports said its 2019 performance represented a four-fold or 322 per cent growth over the past five years, up from 686,639 TEU handled in 2014.
CICT's performance helped the port of Colombo increase its total throughput by 2.6 per cent last year.
'We believe that our unwavering commitment to efficiency and other key performance indicators coupled with our deep-water capacity enabled us to grow faster than some of the other terminals in the region,' CICT chief executive Jack Huang said in a statement.
CICT was named the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the under four million TEU category at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards for the third year in a row 2019 in recognition of its performance.
2019 was also a busy one in terms of investments in the terminal's infrastructure. CICT commissioned Sri Lanka's first Dangerous Goods Storage Facility (DGSF) in 2019 with an investment of US$1.5 million and also completed the installation of two new mega quay gantry cranes, six rubber-tired gantry cranes and 12 prime movers to enable the handling of 22,000+ TEU mega ships.
Information technology also plays a vital role at CICT, and many projects like the e-LTE project, e-payment systems, ITT auto gates, electronic vessel info and customs info release systems were developed by the company.
Furthermore, mobile apps such as truck scheduling apps and HSE monitoring apps were introduced to increase productivity, efficiency and safety and reduce the usage of paper.
CICT also executed a $10 million programme to convert its entire fleet of diesel operated rubber-tired-gantry cranes to electricity-driven rubber-tired gantry cranes which boast zero carbon emissions.
Consequently, CICT has achieved a 45 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a 96 per cent reduction in diesel consumption.