Sri Lankaâ€™s CICT voted best container terminal
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has been voted the Best Container Terminal under 4 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) in Asia at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards.
CICT, managed by CMPort and the only deep water terminal in the Port of Colombo, beat terminals in China, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines to win AFLAS award, hosted and organised by Asia Cargo News.
The other terminals in the shortlist for the award were Busan New Container Terminal (South Korea), Da Chan Bay Terminal One (China), Dalian International Container Terminal (China), Fuzhou International Container Terminal (China), Jakarta International Container Terminal (Indonesia), Laem Chabang International Terminal (Thailand) and Manila International Container Terminal (Philippines).
The four finalists in the category were CICT, Busan New Container Terminal (BNCT), Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
“We are naturally delighted to win this award, particularly because the winners were chosen not by a panel of judges but through the votes of customers and other stakeholders,” CICT CEO Ray Ren said in a statement.
Catriona Jayasundera, Head of Marketing and Commercial at CICT, said it was a creditable achievement given that CICT has been in operation for only three years.
CICT reported a throughput of 2 million TEUs for the 12 months ending 31st December 2016, achieving YoY growth of 28 per cent in volume and enabling the Port of Colombo to register overall incremental growth in the three consecutive years since CICT came into operation.
The incremental volume handled by CICT was one of the contributors to the overall throughput of the Port of Colombo growing by an estimated 11 per cent in 2016.
(COLOMBO, July 05, 2017)