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Sri Lanka’s China-run port drives vessel lay-up business

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s China-run Hambantota Port said it is supporting a vessel lay-up business expanding the island’s role as a maritime services hub with two drill ships already anchored at the port.

HIP said it works with several service providers handle shore and underwater repairs and currently works with ship agents for layups and repair business of vessels.

Two Pananma-flagged ultra deepwater drillships, West Carina and West Polaris which had operated off Brazil and Africa had arrived in Sri Lanka in January and are berthed at the Hambantota International Port (HIP)

“We have a lot of preservation work that is currently being done, before these vessels are ready for layups,” Lance Zuo, General Manager Commercial and Marketing of HIPG said in a statement.

Lay-up management involves taking ships off active service protecting the deck and hull from corrosion, preserving and maintaining engines and other equipment during a long shut down so that they do not deteriorate and can be re-activated without damage.

Openings have to be sealed and moisture managed inside the vessel.

“HIP has been a great ally in our quest to expand oil & gas Industry related lay-ups in Sri Lanka,” Ricky Barnett, Director, Hayleys Energy Services said.

“..[T}he strong business cooperation and bond between Hayleys Energy Services and HIP has resulted in the attraction of many international oil & gas assets to this strategic South Asian maritime port.”

One of the vessels will stay for a year and the other six months.

Luo said long staying ships opened opportunities for local service providers such as ship chandlers and services such as waste removal, maintenance, crew change support, and conducting surveys. (Colombo/Mar15/2021)

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