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“Chinese speed” elevating Colombo South Harbour to mega port: CICT CEO

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Xinhua: The South Harbour terminal handled 680,000 containers in 2014, enhancing the total capacity of t he Port of Colombo by 14 percent, the fastest growth among the world’s ports last year, said Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) Chief Executive Officer Liu Yunshu.

“We have set the ‘Chinese speed’ in the construction and operation of the terminal. The first phase of construction was completed in 15 months, almost 15 months ahead of schedule,” Liu told Xinhua on Sunday.

CICT attracts first-ever 16,000+ TEU ship to Port of Colombo

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The Port of Colombo delivered on its promise of establishing Colombo as the regional maritime hub when the brand new 16,000+ TEU ship MV MSC New York berthed at Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) yesterday. The terminal is owned and operated by China Merchants Holdings International Company Ltd. (CMHI).

Colombo Port commissions first section of East Terminal

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The first section of the East Terminal of the Colombo Port was opened recently by Minister of Ports and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said in a statement.  The total length of the East Terminal is 1200m. At present, construction activities of 400m out of the total length have been completed.  SLPA’s investment through local inputs is US $ 80 million.   Meanwhile, the terminal has a draft of 18m. This would allow conventional cargo vessels with a higher draft to be operated at the terminal until the TEU operational machinery and cranes arrive at the new terminal for TEU operations.

New Indian sub continent service launched via Colombo Port

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Middle East-based SIMATECH Shipping, together with EVERGREEN and NYK launched a joint container service namely, Indian Sub Continent to Bangladesh and Pakistan (IBS) Service linking the West of India and Pakistan directly to Bangladesh effective from 27 June, 2013. For this service, all three lines have deployed four vessels, each having a carrying capacity of 1600 - 1800 TEUs. The unique and inimitable feature of this service is that it will sail in the form of a butterfly having Colombo as the pivotal point and featuring two legs; Colombo-Karachchi-Mundra-Colombo and Colombo-Chittagong-Colombo. And as a result, the service facilitates exports from West India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to be transhipped via Colombo.

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