Hambantota Port proceeds with significant expansion in container operations
Colombo (LNW): The Hambantota International Port (HIP) is gearing up to expand its operations into a refinery, energy hub, and container transshipment, Chief Operating Officer of the HIPG Tissa Wickremasinghe disclosed.
Wickremasinghe emphasised that there is a need for a holistic approach to container handling in Sri Lanka, aiming to capture a vast potential market under a unified national brand. By doing so, there could be cost-cutting benefits for manufacturers in the Indo-Pacific region and the Far East seeking access to Gulf, European, and African markets, he noted.
HIP has gained recognition for its excellence in handling vehicle transshipment, earning a ‘amongst the best in the world’ benchmark. The port recently received an appreciation certificate from shipping line MOL for achieving ZERO damage operation and maintaining safe Pure Car Carrier (PCC) cargo handling.
HIP, the only ISO certified port in Sri Lanka with a focus on Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE), attributes its success to stringent practices, protocols, and best-in-class technology.
Yuri Kannangara, General Manager Operations of HIPG, highlighted the importance of modern port management systems, cargo tracking technology, and advanced communication tools in maintaining high standards.
The port’s commitment to safety is evident through clear signage, designated pathways, emergency response plans, and regular drills.