CICT invests over $ 10 m towards green infrastructure at Colombo Port

Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has completed a  project to convert the company’s diesel-operated rubber-tyred gantry  cranes to electric-powered rubber-tyred gantry cranes or E-RTGs, making a  major contribution to efforts by the Port of Colombo to go Green.
 
Costing more than $ 10 million, the project has resulted in CICT  deploying 40 zero-emission E-RTGs at the company-managed Colombo South  container terminal, achieving a 45% reduction in the terminal’s overall  carbon dioxide emissions to the environment and a reduction of more than  95% in diesel consumption.
 
Commenting on the E-RTG project, CICT CEO Ray Ren said: “This  initiative demonstrates CICT’s as well as our parent company CMPort’s  commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Port of Colombo and  the maritime industry as a whole. We believe in leading from the front  in the sphere of caring for the environment, even at a time when some  stakeholders in the global industry are still said to be driven by costs  rather than green ethics.
 
This is just one of several environment-related CICT projects in the  pipeline, and we intend to continue investing on initiatives to reduce  emissions.”

The electrification of CICT’s rubber-tyred gantry cranes involved  modification work of fitting electricity collector trolleys in the RTG  cranes and constructing a Conductor bar system (Bus-Bar) in the terminal  for the cranes to function with electricity. Recognised around the  world as an innovative port technology, E-RTGs have been proven to  deliver significant environmental, technological and financial benefits  to terminals.
   
Their environmental benefits include reducing air and noise pollution;  in economic terms they reducing operating and maintenance costs and in  terms of technology represent an optimisation of productivity and  performance.
 
From its inception in 2013, CICT took the first step towards  addressing environmental concerns by specifying and installing  state-of-the-art hybrid-diesel engines for the full fleet of  rubber-tyred gantry cranes. These engines had minimal impact on the  emission of environment-impacting gases.
 
However, with the growing emphasis on addressing and reducing  environmental damage on a continuous and sustainable basis in the  maritime and port industry, CICT decided to make further significant  capital investments in its contribution to reduce green-house gases.
 
 In recognition of the importance of the E-RTG project, the ceremonial  commissioning of the electrified gantry cranes was attended by several  dignitaries including SLPA Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Vice  Chairman P.G. Dassanayake, BOI Director Investment Appraisal Ranjan  Sibera, BOI Executive Director Imports Ananda Rajakaruna, CICT Chairman  Hang Tian, and senior representatives of CICT, CMPort, Haiqin (the  project consultant), and ZPMC International Group and ZPMC Lanka, the  project constructor.
 
CICT, which commenced operations in July 2013, manages the Colombo  South Terminal of the Port of Colombo, the first and currently the only  deep water terminal in South Asia equipped with facilities to handle the  largest vessels afloat. The commencement of CICT’s operations is widely  credited as the factor in the Port of Colombo achieving double digit  growth in 2014 after a lapse of over 10 years.
 
In just three years of operation, CICT has brought some of the largest  vessels plying the Asia-Europe routes to Colombo. Of these, Milan  Maersk (20,568 TEU), MSC Maya (19,224 TEU), Mogens Maersk (18,300 TEU),  MSC New York (16,652 TEU), CMA CGM Marco Polo (16,020 TEU), Edith Maersk  and EMC Thalassa Hellas (each 14,000 plus TEUs) and their sister  vessels are now regular callers at CICT.

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