Hambantota Port to build new RORO yard
By Ishara Gamage
The Hambantota International Port (HIP) has begun construction of a 20,000 sq. metre customs bay, adjacent to the exit gate Number 1 adjacent to the Hambantota Maritime Centre, a top company official told Ceylon FT during our recent visit to the HIP premises. “Once completed the Customs bay would ensure easy clearing operations for our customers,” he said.
A streamlined and efficient Customs area is a necessity for vehicle delivery operations to be carried out smoothly and efficiently and with the new plan, there will be many parking slots available for carrying out inspections and for pre shifting.
Along with the Customs inspection yard, HIP also plans to develop a new RORO yard (‘Roll-on Roll-off’, describing the action of cargo-laden lorries or cars being loaded onto larger ships for further transport.2019), moving the entire operation to a new location, to streamline the RORO operations.
“Once completed, the yard will be a one-stop service facility under the port’s RORO sector, with HIP’s Value Added Services project becoming one of our key segments,” he predicted.
“These are all new businesses that we are introducing to take the HIP RORO business activities to the next level,”. The new developments are in line with HIP’s goal of becoming a world class multipurpose port in this region.