Sri Lanka seeks large bunker player, oil major for Hambantota port

ECONOMYNEXT – State-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority is seeking an experienced bunker player to operate out of Hambantota Port, after its own efforts to make use of a Chinese built oil terminal ended up in losses.

SLPA said it is seeking an active player engaged in physical bunkering on an "oil major, bunker broker, major bunker supplier" or a firm with experience in operation of a marine bunker terminal with barges.

The firm should have handled at least 750,000 metric tonnes of bunker fuel a year.

Hambantota, located in the Southern tip of Sri Lanka is close to the main East-West shipping route on the Indian Ocean. Over 200 ships are estimated to be by-passing the port each day.

The ships are playing the route and now supplied from the UAE and Singapore.

The deadline has been extended till August 23, 2016. (Colombo/July05/2016)

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