Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state-owned Jaye Container Terminal (JCT) achieved a milestone when it received a mega container carrier last week.
MV MSC LUCIANA, the Container Carrier with a capacity of 11,660 standard container units or TEUs, and operated by the Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) arrived at the JCT on her maiden voyage on January 23, 2013.
MV MSC LUCIANA is so far the largest ever container vessel called over at the port of Colombo.
Sri Lanka Port Authority under which the JCT operates, the JCT and the ship crew celebrated the occasion holding a plaque exchange ceremony with the participation of the SLPA Chairman, Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama, Managing Director, Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, and the Master of the Vessel Capt. Kojicic Veselin.
MSC top brass including Managing Director, Rohan de Silva, General Manager (Operations and Logistics), Shamal Perera and other senior SLPA and MSC officials were also present.
"The MSC LUCIANA's call at Jaye Container Terminal brings us great significance for it is the largest ever container vessel to visit Colombo. This heralds how the container shipping will be like in the coming future with economies of scale becoming the major concern in ship building," the SLPA Chairman has said.
MSC, which has been docking containers at JCT since December 2009, carries import cargoes from the Eastern Seaboard of the US to Colombo and delivers local exports and transshipment cargo from the Indian sub-continent to the Far East.
The Chairman has added that Colombo will be ready to handle any mega vessel on the order book.
"With the construction of Colombo South Harbour, the first stage of which is to be completed in 2013, we will have the capacity to entertain largest triple E class vessels and Sri Lanka will be the only port in South Asia to handle large vessels," Dr. Wickrama has said.