Sri Lanka-based port operator Hambantota International Port (HIP) on Friday (4 April) commenced the start of bunkering services at Hambantota port, according to local publication News First.
The Chinese Embassy of Sri Lanka stated on its Twitter account the Liberian oil tanker Melody became the first vessel to receive marine fuel from HIP at Hambantota port.
According to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the 1.5 billion dollar port is equipped with eight tanks capable of storing a total 51,000 cubic metres of marine fuel for vessels.
Hong Kong-registered China Merchant Port Holdings holds a 70% stake in a partnership with Sri Lanka Ports Authority to manage hambantota port through HIP.
Chinese oil major Sinopec Corporation has a bunkering license to provide bunkers at the port through its Sri Lanka subsidiary Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka (Private) Ltd..
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Photo credit: Chinese Embassy of Sri Lanka
Published: 6 April, 2020
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