Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has revealed plans to increase deepwater capacity of Colombo Port by purchasing new equipment before March.
As part of the plan, CICT will purchase two mega quay gantry cranes (QGCs), six rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), and 12 prime movers.
As well as increasing the terminal’s deepwater capacity, new equipment will enable the facility to handle vessels with more than 22,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) capacity.
The new equipment is expected to increase CICT’s capacity by 13%, according to economynext.com.
CICT’s QGCs will offer a lifting height of 54m above and 18m below rail level, enabling CICT’s Colombo South container terminal to load and unload more than 22,000 TEU vessels.
In a statement cited by ft.lk, CICT CEO Jack Huang said: “This improvement of capacity and upgrade of facilities at a time of global economic uncertainty is an emphatic demonstration of our commitment to the Port of Colombo, and reflects how serious we are about continuing to be the major contributor to the port’s bid to be a major transhipment hub.
“CICT has taken the initiative to boost the Port’s deepwater capacity within just five years of commencement of operations, at a time when other ports in the region are aggressively adding capacity.
“Demand for deepwater facilities is increasing at a rapid pace and requires the quick response that only CICT is able to provide.”
According to Huang, the increase in capacity at Colombo Port will offer additional berthing space to the ships.