The CMPort managed Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) was adjudged the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the Under 4 million TEUs category at the respected Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards, bringing pride to Sri Lanka’s Ports sector.
This is the second consecutive year that CICT has won this coveted award from Asia Cargo News, a leading industry publication in the region.
Significantly, candidates for the AFLAS awards are nominated by and voted for by their customers, the shipping lines that use the ports.
To win the award in its category, CICT had to compete with the top eight shortlisted terminals nominated on the basis of efficiency, service delivery levels, infrastructure and cost competitiveness.
The evaluation process included asking readers of Asia Cargo News open-ended questions to nominate their preferred container terminals in 48 categories. Nominees had to adhere to criteria standards encompassing higher operational productivity, efficient turnaround of trucks delivering and picking up containers; provision of suitable container shipping-related infrastructure; cost competitiveness, customer service level and customer satisfaction; timely and adequate investment in new facilities to meet future demand; innovative operating environment, facilitation of ancillary services and ease of doing business activities; and effective and easy-to-use IT systems.
The other three terminals among the top four in the Under 4 million TEUs category were DaChan Bay Terminals (China), Jakarta International Container Terminal (Indonesia), and Manila International Container Terminal (Philippines).
Commenting on CICT’s milestone achievement, the company’s CEO Mr Jack Huang said: “There can be no better endorsement of the success of our operation than to be nominated and voted for by the global shipping lines that call on the Port of Colombo. We are proud to win this award for the second time, and to bring more international recognition to the capabilities of the Colombo South Terminal while competing and being benchmarked against some of the biggest players in the region.”