The Chinese-built strategic southern port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka is ready to change into totally useful as a multi-purpose port by the following yr, a prime official of the corporate constructing it stated on Monday.
Located ten nautical miles from the worldwide transport route linking the Far East with the West, Hambantota Port is Sri Lanka’s most diversified deep-water, multi-purpose port. It gives a complete vary of providers for the transport trade, with a concentrate on new applied sciences and environmentally sustainable practices, in line with the newest advances within the maritime sector.
The port has nice potential in power providers on account of its location within the Indian Ocean rim, the place 50 per cent of the world’s maritime oil is traded. The port’s LPG and future LNG operations are certain to cement its place as an power hub within the area.
“As Hambantota port is working towards being a fully functional multi-purpose port by next year, we are gearing at all levels, which includes continuous training and testing our systems for optimum efficiency which is part of the DNA of all China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) operations across the globe,” stated Lance Zuo, General Manager, Commercial and Marketing, Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG).
“HIPG responded very well to the challenges during the lockdown, and today we can say that our unique selling proposition is the efficiency of the port. This comes from a responsive workforce at all levels of the operation and best equipment being used to assist the smooth running of it,” the official stated in a press release.
HIPG is a three way partnership between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Chinese state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings.
In 2016, the Sri Lankan authorities determined to privatise an 80 per cent stake of the port to lift international alternate. CMPort paid USD 1.12 billion to revive the port below a public-private partnership. During the primary half of 2021, the port has recorded general development in its volumes and diversification of providers.
“The port’s overall cargo handling volume has increased from 420,421 MT by end June 2020, to a significant 1,206,425 MT, during the corresponding period this year. HIPG continued its operations without interruption throughout the pandemic and is now seeing the results of experienced port management combined with the dedicated services provided to their customers,” the corporate stated.
China is likely one of the greatest traders in numerous infrastructure tasks in Sri Lanka. But there was criticism, each regionally and internationally, and rising issues that China has lured Sri Lanka right into a debt lure.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, nonetheless, has rejected issues that China has lured Sri Lanka right into a debt lure by financing the Hambantota Port and stated the challenge has an enormous potential for producing earnings and employment alternatives.
The 99-year lease of the Hambantota port to China has raised purple flags concerning the draw back of China’s multi-billion Belt and Road Initiative.
Struggling to pay again over USD 8 billion-dollar Chinese loans and investments, the earlier Sri Lankan authorities has handed over the bulk share of the Hambantota port to the Chinese state-owned firm on a 99-year lease to lift USD 1.2 billion.
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