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Tissa highlights importance of Colombo International Container Terminals
Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd.
General Manager Tissa Wickramasinghe was invitedto be a guest speaker at the third annual Global Liner Shipping Conference which was held in Dubai on 25 and 26 February 2013.
CICT QC trainees receive QC operation training at CMHI western mother port – Shenzhen, CHINA
With the great support of CMHI,CCT (Chiwan Container
Terminal Ltd.)and SCT (Shekou Container Terminal Ltd.),16 QC trainees of CICT smoothly started the 3-month QC...
The first batch of three Ship-to-shore Quay Cranes (QGC) and ten Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG) successfully berthed alongside the CICT berth.

Specialized vessels ‘Zhen Hua 25’ loaded with the first
batch of three QGC and ten RTG successfully berthed alongside the CICT berth.
Colombo International Container Terminals opens for biz on schedule
The first deep water container terminal in the Port of Colombo, owned and operated by China Merchants Holdings International Ltd. (CMHI), commenced commercial operations yesterday exactly as scheduled on 1 July 2013.The CICT project was originally planned to be completed in 60 months. It was then fast-tracked to be completed in 28 months. Construction work commenced in December 2011 and within the short span of 18 months, the first phase of 400+ metres quay length was completed and the balance work is now scheduled to be fully completed by April 2014.
The first phase was commissioned yesterday with the berthing of the MV Coromandel, at a simple ceremony in the presence of a small gathering. This gathering was graced with the presence of the CMHI Managing Director and CICT Chairman Dr. Hu Jian Hua, SLPA Chairman Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama, Managing Director Capt. N. Keppetipola, Director and CICT CEO Nelson Liu. Also present were the Chairman of CASA, Chairman of SLAVO, and the Owner’s Representative of the Ship Arindam Chatterjee.It is ironical that the first vessel to berth at CICT owned and managed by CMHI, happened to be operated by St. John Container Lines Pte Ltd. This is a very well established and reputed feeder container line from India.
This development would augur well for the potential shipping links which CMHI could encourage to establish to increase container volumes between China and India through the Colombo hub. CICT sources confirmed that phase two has also been fast-tracked and is scheduled to commence operations as early as September 2013. The delivery of the second batch of equipment consisting of another three ship-to-shore gantry cranes and 10 additional rubber tyred gantry cranes has now been advanced to September. With a berth length of 700+ metres and the second batch of equipment in place, CICT will introduce the ultra-large container carriers of over 10,000 TEU capacity to the Port of Colombo. Riding on the inherent strength of CMHI, with their access to the largest global container Shipping Lines, CICT is well geared to play the catalyst role in making Colombo the regional maritime hub.
Shipping industry sources were delighted with this development and full of praise for CMHI for having delivered the project on time, as promised. They were impressed by the fact that such a gigantic project had been completed well ahead of schedule and hoped that this would set the benchmark for other such similar infra-structure projects in the country. These sources also commented positively on the advantage of foreign private sector investment and the efficient management of such projects.
To ensure the smooth first stage of CICT operational on 1st, July 2013, CICT staff has made deliberate preparations with the full support of management. These included the reception for Mr. Jagath P. Wijeweera, the commissioner of Sri Lankan General Administration of Customs on 19 June. During his visiting of terminal premises of CICT, he highly appraised the construction development of CICT and was confident of the future success of CICT in port industry. And with the organization of Sri Lankan Western Naval Command, CICT conducted the rehearsal of ISPS in case of emergency on 22 June, which involved port entry & exit control, fire-fighting rehearsal and staff evacuation. The process of rehearsal was arranged smoothly and got the recognition of Western Naval Command.



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Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd., (CICT) is a joint venture Company between China Merchants Holdings (International) Co., Ltd. (CMHI), a listed blue chip Company in the Hong Kong stock exchange, and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). It is developing the 2.4 million teus capacity Colombo South Container Terminal in the Port of Colombo, under a 35 year build, operate, and transfer agreement with the SLPA.
The largest shareholder of this company is CMHI with 85% ownership and the balance 15% being held by SLPA.

CICT commenced construction works of the terminal in December 2011. With an envisaged investment of US$ 500 million, including the installation of the latest state of the art terminal equipment, it is so far the single largest foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka by a private entity.

The Port of Colombo with a current capacity of over 4 million teus, has embarked on a large infrastructure development programme to increase the total capacity of the Port of Colombo by another 7.2 million teus in three separate phases.

The Colombo South Harbour Development which consists of three independent dedicated container terminals will create this additional capacity in three different phases of 2.4 million teus in each phase.

CICT will be the first terminal to come on stream in the Colombo South Harbour project. The construction is scheduled to be completed in three stages with the first stage scheduled to go into operation in July 2013, and full completion planned for April 2014.

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Port of Colombo
Sri Lanka
Colombo International
Container Terminals Limited.
P. O. Box 0960,
Port Of Colombo,
Colombo 01,
Sri Lanka .
Tel : +94 11 2666888
Fax : +94 11 2666777
Email : info@cict.lk

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