Operations commence at Hambantota Port

 06 Jun 2012    Port Planning, Ports, Shipping

  • Sri Lanka’s second international port receives first two vessels

Operations kicked-off today at Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa (MRMR) International Port at Hambantota, Sri Lanka. By diverting all vehicle transshipments to this port, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority hopes to relieve congestion at Sri Lanka’s main port, Colombo Port.

So far two vessels carrying vehicles have visited the port. The Ellison Sun berthed at the port earlier today, carrying 1,000 cars from Chennai, India; its cargo will be transshiped by car carrier to Algeria on June 15. The other ship to call at the port was the N4K FRICIA from Japan, carrying 15 vehicles. Sri Lanka Ports Authority sources revealed that more vessels with vehicles are due to berth shortly.

“The unloading of imported vehicles and transhipment activities in the future will be carried out at the Magampura Harbour to overcome congestion at the Colombo Port,” Ports and Highways Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said.

The Minister also revealed that vehicles brought to the MRMR Port will qualify for a tax concession, and the port itself will handle all customs clearance and reshipment work.

“This will also save a large sum of money owed to shipping firms as demurrage fees,” the Minister claimed.