POSTED AT 03:11 PM 01-01-2019
CICT ends 2018 with 2.65 mn. TEUs, 38% of Colombo Port’s volume
Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has reported handling 2.65 million TEUs for the 12 months ending December 31, 2018, recording a 13 per cent increase in its annual throughput and contributing 38 per cent of the Port of Colombo’s volumes in the year just concluded.
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, a noteworthy accomplishment in the region.
Announcing the year’s final volume, 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 the Port of Colombo to move up the Drewry’s Port Connectivity Index to be ranked the 11th best connected port in the world.
“While our deep water capacity is one of the main factors driving growth, constant innovations and commitment to service excellence including facilities such as auto-gate, 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 the Port of Colombo,” CICT CEO, Jack Huang said.
“The combination of state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment, efficiency and convenience enhancing features and the synergies developed through our parent company CMPort, has enabled CICT to generate incremental volumes for Colombo, which was the primary objective of the deep water terminal,” he said. “Additionally, the ability to access the CMPort global network enabled us to attract new transshipment volumes to the Port of Colombo.”
The concluded year has been a prolific one for CICT: besides being adjudged the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the Under 4 million teus at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards for the second consecutive year, CICT also handled MV. Ever Golden, the first 20,000+ teu vessel of Evergreen to call on Colombo, as well as the 14,000 teu ‘One Columba’ – the first magenta colour vessel to call on Colombo. The company was also responsible for salvaging the storm-ravaged ‘MV Theseus’ earlier in the year.