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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6.16 GMT

Hambantota sea port phase 2 by next year


The construction of the second phase of the Hambantota sea port will end by 2015, Sri Lanka Ports Authority chairman Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama said.

Addressing a press conference at Sayura Paya, the multi-storied administration complex of the sea port, he said many ships arrived at the Hambantota sea port in 2012 and in 2013 and it is expected that 41,000 ships will arrive at the sea port when the construction work will be completed in 2015," Wickrama said.

"Only four ships can be berthed at the current sea port, but with the functioning of Phase 2, 11 ships can be berthed at a time," the SLPA chairman said.

According to a report by, Dr Wickrama said the main sea route is situated about eight kilometers away from the main Hambantota sea port and about 280 to 300 ships pass by this sea route daily to Singapore and European countries.

"As such, the Hambantota sea port is situated in the most suitable location, he said.

The construction of the fuel terminal was commenced on October 7, 2009 at a cost of US $ 76 million. Under the project, 14 tank farms were set up with a full capacity of 80,000 metric tons.

Among them, eight tanks are for oil for ships while three are for air craft fuel. Another three for air craft oil and another three for LP gas," Dr Wickrama said.

The chairman said that transshipment of vehicles is being done at a high speed at the harbour without causing damages to the vehicles.

"This is a record created by the employees attached to the transshipment section of the harbour," he added.

As at March 2014, the sea port has received 204 Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) vessels and has handled nearly 36,401 domestic units and more than 79,147 transshipment units, he said.






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