Apr 05, 2014 (LBO) – Vehicle transshipments through Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port in the South of the country has picked up with over 200 roll-on-roll-off car carriers calling since it began operations in nearly two years ago. Canada’s SNC Lavolin Canadian International Company had conducted the feasibility study of the port and the basic designs were prepared by Denmark Rambol Company in 2005, SLPA said.
In stage one, a 988 metre breakwater to the West, a 312 metre breakwater to the East, a 600 metre ships terminal, a 105 metre service terminal and 610 metre oil terminal was built.
The port had a basin draught of 17 metres with a 600 metre ships turning circle. It could handle ships up to 100,000 dead weight tonnes. In November 2013, a one billion rupee 14-storey administrative building with 100,000 square feet space was opened.
State-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said the Magam Ruhunupura port in Hambantota had transshipped 79,147 vehicles and also unloaded 36,401 units for the local market up to March 2014. It began RO-RO operations on June 06, 2012.
The vehicles come mainly from Indian factories and are kept in a yard at Hambantota and loaded onto car carriers destined to areas such as East Afric