ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) said it has opened a Dangerous Goods Storage Facility (DGSF) at Colombo port with an investment of 1.5 million US dollars (about 265 million rupees).
A statement said the facility is South Asia’s most advanced IMDG storage which will enhance Port of Colombo’s capabilities and reputation.
The facility is a sophisticated storage yard for cargo classified under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.
It enables the terminal to isolate IMDG cargo under protection while safeguarding the environment and personnel and ensuring cargo safety.
“Safety and security are key priorities in everything we do, and this facility will significantly enhance the capabilities and reputation of the Port of Colombo,” CICT chief executive Jack Huang said.
“Being part of a global container terminal operation, CICT complies with the world’s highest standards and best practices, and constantly seeks to provide value added services to our valuable customers.”
Encompassing an area with a capacity to accommodate up to 471 containers at a time, the facility has explosion-proof yard surfaces, manual and automatic spray-rod cooling, refrigerator storage, and advanced fire control and fire fighting equipment including a sand pool.
CICT said it recently added two new mega Quay Gantry Cranes (QGCs), six new Rubber-tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) and 18 Prime Movers to enable the handling of 22,000+ TEU vessels and further development of the deep water capacity of the Port of Colombo.
(COLOMBO, 14 May 2019)