Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port gets two cranes to fast-track bulk cargo operations
Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port (HIP) is to reportedly fit two brand new Chinese-manufactured cranes at berth number 6 of the Port. The new cranes are to be used for the discharge of bulk raw materials for the Lanwa Cement Factory, and will move clinker, gypsum, and slag cargoes.
“The new cranes will hugely increase vessel turnaround times which will have a highly desirable impact on our productivity. The port began handling bulk cargo in 2018, after the Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) took over. We have achieved record highs in volumes since then, and this new addition will help us to further improve our operations efficiency. We will be able to almost double our productivity levels, with the new cranes,” HIPG COO Tissa Wickramasinghe has been quoted as saying.
The cranes, built to fit HIP regulations, are customised to comply with the Port’s environmental standards. The shore cranes, which were shipped by barge from the Port of Zhenjiang in China to HIP, had come fully-assembled.
Each crane has a 27-metre outreach and can handle 600 tonnes per hour, with a lifting speed of 120 metres per minute.
Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port is fast expanding its operations to become an industrial hub Port in the region. The country’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as concessions enjoyed by the country have increased the business potential of Sri Lanka’s maritime industry, especially the port, shipping and logistics sectors. The development of the country’s maritime industry to meet the increasing demand has opened up a host of direct and indirect business/investment opportunities. With Sri Lanka prominently placed on the path of international maritime routes, the country’s maritime industry will continue to grow and investments in the industry would definitely bring returns on investments within a short span of time. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore confidently explore the growing opportunities in Sri Lanka’s maritime industry.
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