ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) said it handled 2.65 million twenty-foot equivalent container units( teus) in 2018, up 13 per cent from the year before.
The Chinese-operated terminal contributed 38 per cent of the Port of Colombo’s volumes in the year just concluded, a statement said.
“A significant factor in the achievement of 7 million teus by the Port of Colombo, CICT’s performance helped the port increase its total throughput by 14 per cent in 2018,” it said.
CICT said ULCCs (Ultra Large Container Carriers) of a size that only CICT is capable of handling, had contributed 70 per cent to the volumes the terminal achieved for the year.
CICT handles mega container vessels from all three major shipping line alliances.
“With the geographical coverage of these services and the high frequency of mainline liner service connections, CICT has helped Colombo move up the Drewry’s Port Connectivity Index to be ranked the 11th best connected port in the world,” the statement said.
“While our deep water capacity is one of the main factors driving growth, constant innovations and commitment to service excellence including facilities such as autogate, dual cycle operation, intelligent truck pooling and dispatch, a fully automated customer service kiosk, our unique mobile application and CICT e-billing have been game changers in Colombo,” CICT chief executive Jack Huang said.
“Additionally, the ability to access the CMPort global network enabled us to attract new transshipment volumes to the Port of Colombo.”