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Sri Lanka: ‘Sharp increase’ in bunkering ops at Hambantota during end 2021

11 Feb 2022

Hambantota International Port (HIP) saw a “sharp increase” in bunkering operations during end 2021, said its operator Hambantota International Port Group on Tuesday (8 February).

The increase was due to the start of bonded bunkering operations kicked off by HIP and its strategic partner Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka Limited.

“With the port’s 14 tank oil storage network, oil jetties and ancillary infrastructure fully operational, HIP is now geared to provide VLSFO and MGO fuel bunkering services for vessels plying the principal sea routes in the Indian Ocean,” it stated.

“With the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) pushing the maritime industry to reduce emissions, the port is geared to offer the best quality low sulphur fuels to the market, underlining its goal of positioning as a bunkering hub in South Asia.

“Towards this end, the port also established a marine oil testing laboratory at the oil tank facility, in collaboration with a renowned international partner. Thus, enabling the provision of international standards of quality at the supply source.”

HIP, meanwhile, noted 2021 to be a “watershed year” due to its activities spreading in several new directions, which has created a unique ecosystem for economic prosperity for Sri Lanka.

Although challenges posed by the pandemic continued, HIP achieved an overall throughput of 2.3 million metric tonnes of cargo, with a remarkable 38% increase in RORO operations.

The introduction of new strategies and partnerships with new RORO lines for transshipment cargo, helped HIP achieve the landmark 535,000 units of small and large vehicles handled in 2021.

The port also saw a 59% increase in bulk cargo handled, exceeding the 1 million mt mark of dry bulk handled in a single year.

In 2021, HIP saw a number of new investment agreements signed with local and global partners.

Amongst the top players setting up operations within the port are the Xinji Shenzhen Group, Ceylon Tire Manufacturing Company, SeaHorse Yachts, and Lanwa Cement.

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Photo credit: Hambantota International Port Group
Published: 11 February, 2022

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