Colombo port awaits MSC Maya, one of the largest ships afloat

Colombo port awaits MSC Maya, one of the largest ships afloat

Colombo port awaits MSC Maya, one of the largest ships afloat

Written by Lahiru Fernando

08 Sep, 2016 | 7:55 pm

MSC Maya, one of the largest container ships afloat is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka for the first time with 19,224 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (Teu), setting a new benchmark and record for the Port of Colombo, terminal operator, Colombo International Container Terminal announced.

At 395.49 meters (1,297 foot) MSC Maya is expected to berth at the Colombo South Terminal managed by CICT on Friday 16th September. She will be the largest container ship to berth in Colombo.

The CICT, the first deep water terminal in South Asia had secured a commitment for a scheduled service by the Panama registered MSC Maya

“The arrival of MSC Maya in Colombo is a perfect example for the rationale for a deep water terminal of the scale of the Colombo International Container Terminal,” CICT CEO Ray Ren said.

“The Port of Colombo achieved double digit growth in 2014 after a lapse of over ten years with CICT coming on stream, and this year we are able to sustain-double digit growth due to our ability to attract more Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCC) such as MSC Maya to the Port of Colombo,” CICT General Manager Commercial and Marketing Mr. Tissa Wickremasinghe said.

“The benefits of these ship calls cascades down to the other terminals in the port, reinforcing Colombo’s status as a major transshipment hub,” he said.

CICT is a joint venture between China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited was formerly known as China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited, a listed blue chip company in the Hong Kong stock exchange.

By Charitha Fernando

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