Liu Shengshan, Wang Chuanzheng, Sarathchandra Kumara, Ambrish Bansal, and Kulkarni.
The port was awarded Lloyd’s certification, after a comprehensive approval process and an impartial third-party assessment.
Located just 10 nautical miles (19 km), from the world’s busiest maritime route linking Europe and Asia, HIP’s fully functioning tank farm facility for bunker fuel supply, provides a huge advantage to the vast number of vessels plying this route. The high performance in bunkering volumes handled by HIP last year underpins the potential the port has for this business. Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) CEO Johnson Liu hailed the recognition by a trusted International organisation like the Lloyd’s Register.
“As we enter the new year, we are confident that we will see phenomenal growth rates not only in bunkering but also in other services offered by the HIP. 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. It is the combination of all these factors that fuel our growth,” says the CEO.
There were two phases to the oil tank refurbishment project undertaken by HIPG. Both phases, i.e. the oil storage terminal and two oil jetties have been awarded FFS Certification by Lloyd’s. The storage network has 11 tanks, associated pipelines and 8 loading/unloading arms of two jetties, which are all included in the certification. Currently HIP has a maximum storage capacity of 51,000 m3 for Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) and 23,000 m3 for Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), held in utmost safe conditions, verified by Lloyds.