China Merchant Holdings International (CMHI) subsidiary Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) put the new terminal into trial operation mode with the arrival of the first ship to dock there, the 'M/V Coromandel'.
CMHI owns an 85% interest in CICT, there will be altogether 4 berths and a quay length of 1200 meters, with a designed handling capacity of 2.4 million TEU, the first phase project covers 400 meters quay length.
To celebrate the occasion, a blessing ceremony was performed at CICT berth site. CMG Assistant President cum CMHI Managing Director Dr. HU Jianhua, CMHI Overseas Operation Director cum CICT CEO Mr. Nelson Liu, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) President Mr. Wickrama, SLPA Managing Director Mr. Nihal, CMBL General Manager Mr. Yu Shixin and CICT management were present at the opening blessing ceremony, after which Mr. HU Jianhua presented a maiden operation souvenir to the ship's captain, expressing his gratitude to the shipping company for their cooperation.
M/V Coromandel is owned my MAA, which links Chennai (India) and Colombo. The vessel is 170 meters long, with a designed capacity of 1200 TEU, 680 loaded containers are to be discharged during this call at CICT.