For the first time in the region, Colombo International Container Terminals, (CICT) has taken the initiative to provide leadership for the “green-port” concept, in the Colombo Port .
With an initial capital expenditure of over US$ 10 million, this initiative taken by CICT has demonstrated their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Colombo Port and the maritime industry as a whole.
CICT is owned and managed by China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI), who is the world’s second largest global terminal operator.
CMHI also won the 2015 Terminal Operator of the Year Award at the awards ceremony held in London earlier this month.
“This is an era where all industries are exploring possibilities of protecting nature and the environment.The initiative taken by CICT to reduce the emission of C02 in the Port of Colombo will benefit the port industry as a whole,” said Tissa Wickramasinghe, General Manager, Commercial and Marketing.
“With expert technical guidance from their parent Company CMHI, the engineering team at CICT has already commenced work on converting the full fleet of their diesel operated rubber-tyred-gantry cranes to E-RTG’s.”
From the very inception of CICT going into operation in 2013, CICT had already made the first step towards addressing environmental concerns by specifying and installing state of the art hybrid-diesel engines for the full fleet of the Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes.
These engines had minimal impact on the emission of environment impacting gases. However, with the serious emphasis on addressing and reducing environmental damage on a continuous and sustainable basis in the maritime and port industry, CICT decided to make further significant capital investments in their contribution to reduce green-house gases.
“The new technology will convert the existing hybrid-diesel diesel driven rubber tyred gantry cranes to operate on electricity from the national grid. This provides for the environment friendly terminal operation, as practised by many similar terminals in the world.
Container terminals currently confront many major challenges globally, including how to deal with increasing energy costs and the requirement that they meet even stricter environmental standards, while striving to realize the green port vision.
With this background CICT has a significant advantage in having the know-how of implementing global best practices through their parent company China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) who is managing the terminal as part of their global container terminal management business portfolio.
The Port of Colombo stands to benefit greatly from this initiative as it will be one of the first ports in south asia to fast track the “green port” concept.
(DN - 07072015)