The Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has been named the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the Under 4 million TEUs category for a record fourth consecutive year.
The honor was announced at the 2020 Asian Freight, Logistics, and Supply Chain (AFLAS) awards gala hosted by the Asia Cargo News in Hong Kong on November 9th, 2020. The AFLAS awards are designed to honor leading service providers including air and shipping lines, airports and seaports, and logistics, 3PLs, and other associated industry professionals for demonstrating leadership as well as consistency in service quality, innovation, customer-relationship management and reliability.
“We are delighted to be crowned the best container terminal of our size in Asia for four years in a row,” CICT CEO Mr Jack Huang said. “Besides the intense competition among terminals across the region, these are challenging times for all players in sectors linked to international transportation, and retaining our position at the top is a great demonstration of our consistency even in hard times. This award is therefore a valuable tribute to the entire CICT team, the management and all our stakeholders.”
“We are also grateful to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority for its support, and to our staff whose commitment enabled CICT to be 100% operational during the difficult time of the pandemic, minimising the adverse impact to the port and the country.”
CICT manages the South Terminal of the Port of Colombo, the first and currently the only deep water terminal in South Asia, which is equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat. Since its inception in 2014, the terminal has incrementally grown the volume it has handled; from 686,639 teus in 2014, to 1.56 million teus in 2015, 2 million teus in 2016, 2.38 million teus in 2017, 2.67 million teus in 2018, and 2.9 million teus in 2019. The win puts the CICT to be on par with other globally respected terminals with high calibers, such as the PSA Singapore Terminals, which won in the Over 4 Million TEUs category, and the PSA Antwerp, which won the best container terminal in Europe.