Chinese port terminal trains Sri Lankan quay crane operators
ECONOMYNEXT – Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) said it will support Sri Lanka’s National Apprentice & Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) by providing facilities for training quay crane (QC) operators at its Colombo South Terminal.
CICT, part of China Merchants Holdings International Group, said in a statement that the first batch of 10 students had been chosen for training on modern machines at its terminal, Colombo port’s newest.
“The partnership will see the first batch of 10 selected NAITA students undergoing on-the-job training on CICT’s state-of-the-art quay cranes,” it said.
“Supporting the needs of the community is always a priority for CICT,” the company’s chief executive Ray Ren said.
“We believe we should invest in skills development for Sri Lanka’s youth.”
He said the value of the training programme is enhanced by the opportunity it provides these students to gain experience in a multi-national environment.
CICT, which commenced operations in July 2013, manages the Colombo South terminal of the Port of Colombo, the first and currently the only deep water terminal in South Asia equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat.
(COLOMBO, August 29, 2016)