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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port gets new gear for heavy load handling

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Chinese-run Hambantota port on the south coast has got new equipment designed to haul heavy cargo that will improve efficiencies, a statement said.

The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG), which operates the port, made an  investment of over 600,000 US dollars to further develop the operations of the Hambantota port.

The new equipment includes the purchase of 40-foot Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) trailers designed to allow efficient maneuverability and break-bulk lifting gear.

“The new additions are expected to revolutionize cargo handling at the port, helping to enhance efficiencies and economies of cargo handling,” the statement said.

“HIPG is confident of seeing a boost in terminal operations, productivity, and service quality with this investment, which reaffirms the company’s commitment towards positioning Hambantota International Port as a multi-purpose port, conforming to international standards.”

Hambantota International Port Group is a joint venture set up by the China Merchants Port Holdings Company and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, with majority Chinese control.

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