Sailing South

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Southern Region Development Minister, Ananda Kularatne told a media conference that the firm will carry out the feasibility studies over a six-month period without billing the Sri Lankan government.

rnHe said the government was keen to establish a southern port, which is only a few miles away from international shipping lanes.

rnKularatne estimated 36,000 ships pass Hambatota each year and locating a harbour there could help Sri Lanka earn lucrative bunkering and transshipment business. rn