CICT rewards champs at South Asia’s quay crane operators’ competition | Daily News

CICT rewards champs at South Asia’s quay crane operators’ competition

CICT’s quay crane operators with their mentors.
CICT’s quay crane operators with their mentors.

Chathuranga Pushpakumara was adjudged the champion quay crane operator at Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), winning the first competition of its kind in South Asia. With six years of operation experience in Mega Gantry Quay Crane at the South Terminal of the Port of Colombo,

Pushpakumara was among thirty exceptionally-skilled quay crane operators recognised by CICT with thirty nine awards and cash prizes totalling Rs 2.45 million at the Company’s inaugural Quay Crane Championship Awards held recently.

The Championship Awards for Quay Crane operators was launched to commemorate the 150th anniversary of CICT’s parent company China Merchants Group (CMG) and is one of 150 competitions that will take place around the globe this year.

CICT CEO Jack Huang said: “Productivity and safety are the two core competitive advantages that CICT has over the other terminals in the region. Adherence to these aspects has made us one of the best terminals in Asia. On the other hand, our quay crane operators play a key role in the company’s productivity and safety aspects and therefore are pivotal to our success. We are delighted to be able to recognise and rewardthese skills in our employees through this latest championship awards which are aligned with CICT’s culture of appreciating best-performing employees.”

The CICT competition comprised of two rounds, while all 82 quay crane operators participated in the first round and were judged based on basic skills required to operate mega quay gantry cranes. Thirty operators who qualified for the second round were judged based on advanced skills. Time, accuracy, efficiency and safety while operating were the key criteria in both rounds.

Six quay crane operators who scored the highest in the second round of the competition were declared ‘QC Champion Stars’ and were felicitated with certificates, plaques and cash prizes at the CICT Quay Crane Championship Awards ceremony.

The QC Champion Stars included the Gold Award winner, two Silver Award winners, Akila Ushan and Charith Sonal who were presented with cash and the three Bronze Award winners – Asanka Lakruwan, Dhanushka Ariyasena and Dilan Jayanayaka were presented with cash too. The Champion Stars are all experienced quay crane operators, the Company said.

Additionally, three operators with less than three years of crane operating experience were presented ‘QC Shining Star’ Awards. Yojitha Bimal placed first in this category, while Lahiru Jayawardana and Chanaka Udayanga placed second and third were also awarded.

Meanwhile, the top 30 performers who qualified for the second round of the competition were also recognised with medals and certificates at the ceremony.

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.



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