Colombo, October 6 (Xinhua): The world’s largest container vessel “Ever Ace” arrived at the Colombo Port in the Sri Lankan capital late on Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. The SLPA further said that the vessel arrived to unload 1,600 TEUs at the Colombo international container terminal (CICT).
The CICT had been built and is managed by a Chinese company, China Merchants Port.
“Ever Ace”, sailing under the flag of Panama, is owned by Evergreen which is a Taiwan-based shipping company. It is some 400 meters in length, weighs about 235,000 tons and can carry 23,992 TEUs.
The SLPA said that there are only 24 ports in the world with the capacity to handle such mega vessels, with the Colombo Port being the only one in South Asia. Boasting a depth of 18 meters, CICT is the first and only deepwater terminal in South Asia capable of handling such large vessels afloat.
There are currently three container terminals in the Colombo Port — the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) operated by SLPA, the South Asian Gateway Terminal (SAGT), and the CICT.
As the only deepwater container terminal in South Asia, CICT has helped the Colombo port significantly enhance its position in the world shipping industry since its opening in 2013.