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Thursday September 29th, 2022

Sri Lanka’s China-backed Hambantota tank farm Lloyd’s Register certified

ECONOMYNEXT – A tank farm at Sri Lanka’s China-backed Hambantota Port which has potential to draw bunkering business has received a fitness for services (FSS) certification from the maritime classification and compliance consultancy Lloyd’s Register, the company said.

Johnson Liu, chief executive of Hambantota International Port Group’ expects growth in bunkering and other services offered by the port this year.

“As much as we see the importance of safety protocols being maintained to the highest standards within the port, we are also confident that our efficiency in delivery continues to improve,” he said.

“It is the combination of all these factors that fuel our growth.”

Hambantota International Port Group’s Department of Energy Services had worked with Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore Asia LLP, to get the certification.

The tank farm was awarded Lloyd’s certification after an approval process and a third-party assessment, the port said.

The tank farms were refurbished and the terminals and jetty had also been give FSS certification by Lloyd’s.

The facility has 11 tanks, pipelines and 8 loading/unloading arms of two jetties, which are included in the certification.

HIPG says the tank farm has a maximum storage capacity of 51,000 cubic metres for Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) and 23,000 cubic metres for Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) with safety standards verified by Lloyds. (Colombo/Dec08/2021)

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