International Container Terminals (CICT) owned by a Chinese Company has
announced the maiden call of a new service to the Port of Colombo that will
connect Sri Lanka with the East Coast of the United States via Asia, strengthening another important trade
route for exporters and importers and making Sri Lanka more accessible to
global markets. Ironically, the EXIM trade in South Indian Ports, have to
depend on these Chinese owned ports for transshipment of their cargo.
Launched on May 16, 2023, this new shipping
service ‘AA7’ is operated by Wan Hai Lines as the lead line
and Hapag Lloyd as the partner line. It will call at CICT on a weekly basis, as
part of a port rotation that includes Shanghai, Ningbo (including
Zhoushan),Taipei, Shekou (Shenzhen) Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, New York,
Norfolk (including Portsmouth) > Charleston, Savannah and then back to
Commenting on the launch of the new shipping service, CICT CEO Jack Huang said, “One of our key contributions to the Port of Colombo is our ability to attract new services that enhance connectivity and volumes. This is due to the efficiency and productivity standards that we have achieved and consistently maintained throughout the operational years.
being part of the global network of China Merchants Port Holdings Company
Limited, has invested to add deep-water capacity and introduce state-of-the-art
infrastructure and processes, which have enabled our customers to enjoy
international service levels. We are delighted to welcome the new AA7 service
of Wan Hai Lines to Colombo and look forward to facilitating many more new
services at CICT and the Port of Colombo.”
The Wan Hai A10 cargo vessel docking at CICT has a total capacity of 13,500 TEUs and is 335 metres in length. CICT has already brought some of the largest vessels plying the Asia-Europe routes to Colombo. These include Evergreen Ever Ace (24,000 TEU), 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), which are regular callers
CICT manages the South Terminal of the Port of Colombo, the first and only operating 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 just over 3.2 million TEUs in 2021. CICT has been recognised as the best container terminal in Asia, in the under four million TEUs category, for six consecutive years from 2017 to 2022, at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) awards.