Hambantota Port surpasses half a million mark of wheeled cargo
The Hambantota International Port reached the milestone of handling 500,000 RORO cargo units in 2022 this November, with the discharging of 4302 units from Hyundai Glovis’ Hae Shin to the yard for transshipment, the company said today.
This year, 223 RORO (cars, motorcycles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, buses ) vessels called at the port with cargo from India, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East for transshipment mainly to East and South Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, Chile, and Japan.
The port has seen a 4% growth from 2021 in RORO cargo amidst economic challenges globally and locally. Last year’s transshipment figure up to November was 484,467 units.
In 2022, HIP has transshipped 505,185 units to and from the regional ports in the past eleven months.
These transshipment volumes were achieved amidst a ban on vehicle imports to the countrySri Lanka, already hailed as South Asia’s transshipment hub, draws tremendously from the expertise of its global partner China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort), whose extensive relationships and international networking spreads across some of the most prominent international maritime centres in the world.
The Hambantota International Port and the Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT), are the two major projects of CMPort, which are collaborations between the global port operator and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
The expert knowledge sharing, know-how, and strategic investments by CMPort in these projects, is helping Sri Lanka maximize its growth potential both locally and globally.
A subsidiary of the reputed China Merchant Group, CMPort Holdings is the largest, globally competitive public port developer, investor and operator in China, with investments in Mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas.
An award-winning operator in the cargo logistics sector, with an international track record for best practices and sustainable cargo transportation CMPort, has a network of 36 ports in 18 countries and five continents.
With reliability and innovation as its primary focus, Hambantota International Port (HIP) is fast gearing to become the most efficient port in the region.
The port set a record by reducing 57% operational time in discharging marine fuel cargo of MV Yanbu recently.
HIP also kicked off its first ever dual cargo loading operation at the port’s oil jetty, loading both MGO and VLSFO at the same time on to tanker Mahaweli. T
his is the first time HIP facilitated the loading of 2 types of marine fuel cargo onto a single vessel simultaneously.
“The port’s efficiency is driven on Key Performance Indicators at every level, beginning from truck drivers upwards.
Keeping to efficiency levels in a multipurpose port is that much more challenging because the same work force is used for different types of cargo handling, and unlike in a container port, it is also more labour intensive.