CICT commissions 40 zero-emission E-RTGs | Sunday Observer

CICT commissions 40 zero-emission E-RTGs

Guests and senior officials of CICT at the commissioning of the  E-RTGs. (From right): Ray Ren, CEO of CICT, Dr Parakrama Dissanayake,  Chairman SLPA, Chen Jiaqing, Managing Director ZPMC International Group,  P. G. Dassanayake, Vice Chairman SLPA, Hang Tian, Chairman of CICT, Ma  Yong, General Manager CMPort, Raymond Mu, CFO of CICT and Zhang Yihe,  General Manager Haiqin.
Guests and senior officials of CICT at the commissioning of the E-RTGs. (From right): Ray Ren, CEO of CICT, Dr Parakrama Dissanayake, Chairman SLPA, Chen Jiaqing, Managing Director ZPMC International Group, P. G. Dassanayake, Vice Chairman SLPA, Hang Tian, Chairman of CICT, Ma Yong, General Manager CMPort, Raymond Mu, CFO of CICT and Zhang Yihe, General Manager Haiqin.

Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has completed a project to convert the company’s diesel-operated rubber-tyred gantry cranes to electric-powered rubber-tyred gantry cranes or E-RTGs, making a major contribution to efforts by the Port of Colombo to go Green.

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

Commenting on the E-RTG project, CICT CEO Ray Ren said: “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. We believe in leading from the front in the sphere of caring for the environment, even at a time when some stakeholders in the global industry are still said to be driven by costs rather than green ethics. This is just one of several environment-related CICT projects in the pipeline, and we intend to continue investing on initiatives to reduce emissions.”

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. Recognised around the world as an innovative port technology, E-RTGs have been proven to deliver significant environmental, technological and financial benefits to terminals.

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. 

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