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CICT named Best Container Terminal again

Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has brought honour to the Port of Colombo by being adjudged the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the Under 4 million TEUs category for a record fourth consecutive year.

The winner of this coveted award was announced on November 9, at the 2020 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) awards gala in Hong Kong.

CICT, which is managed by China Merchants Port Group (CMport), beat three other shortlisted finalists in its category – Busan New Container Terminal (South Korea), Dalian International Container Terminal (China) and Jakarta International Container Terminal (Indonesia) – to win the award.

CICT’s victory at the best container terminal awards puts it in the company of globally-respected terminals of the calibre of PSA Singapore Terminals, the Asia winner in the Over 4 million TEU’s category and PSA Antwerp, adjudged the best container terminal in Europe.

CICT CEO, 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.”

Hosted by Asia Cargo News, the AFLASawards are designed to honour leading service providers.

The AFLAS winners are decided by going through a three-step process, taking into account industry opinions, and through nomination criteria and technical evaluation by Asia Cargo News.

Mr Huang attributed CICT’s achievement to the terminal’s persistently high levels of productivity leading to fast ship turnaround times. Nominees for the AFLAS awards are judged on adherence to criteria standards encompassing higher operational productivity, efficient turnaround of trucks delivering and picking up containers; provision of suitable container shipping-related infrastructure; cost competitiveness, customer service level and customer satisfaction; timely and adequate investment in new facilities to meet future demand; innovative operating environment, facilitation of ancillary services and ease of doing business activities; and effective and easy-to-use IT systems.

Leading companies in the cargo, logistics and supply chain sectors took home more than 40 different awards at the 2020 presentation at the Hotel ICON, Hong Kong.