Sri Lanka’s CICT invests over USD10Mn in Green infrastructure at Colombo Port

Nov 24, 2017 (LBO) – Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) said they have converted it’s diesel-operated rubber-tyred gantry cranes to electric, contributing to efforts by the Port of Colombo to go green.

Costing more than 10 million US dollars, the project has resulted in CICT deploying 40 zero-emission E-RTGs at the company-managed Colombo South container terminal, achieving a 45 percent reduction in the terminal’s over all carbon dioxide emissions to the environment and a reduction of more than 95 percent in diesel consumption.

The electrification of CICT’s rubber-tyred gantry cranes involved modification work of fitting electricity collector trolleys in the RTG cranes and constructing a Conductor bar system (Bus-Bar) in the terminal for the cranes to function with electricity.

Their environmental benefits include reducing air and noise pollution; in economic terms they reducing operating and maintenance costs and in terms of technology represent an optimisation of productivity and performance.

“This initiative demonstrates CICT’s as well as our parent company CMPort’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Port of Colombo and the maritime industry as a whole,” said Ray Ren, chief executive of CICT.

“This is just one of several environment-relatedCICT projectsin the pipeline, and we intend to continue investing on initiatives to reduce emissions.”

The ceremonial commissioning of the electrified gantry cranes was attended by several dignitaries including the Chairman of the SLPA Dr Parakrama Dissanayake, Vice Chairman P. G. Dassanayake, Ranjan Sibera, Director Investment Appraisal at the BOI, Ananda Rajakaruna, Executive Director Imports at the BOI, Hang Tian, Chairman of CICT, and senior representatives of CICT, CMPort, Haiqin (the project consultant), and ZPMC International Group and ZPMC Lanka, the project constructor.