Facilitating the import and export of various commodities along the east-west shipping routes, the port’s sea transportation has key importance in commercial activities. Hambantota thereby is known as the transhipment centre as well as exporting and importing hub.
The Port of Hambantota covers a large space comprising of 4,000 acres. The portalso has container terminals that can handle 33 vessels a year and 20 million TEUs of containerized cargo annually. With the expansion plan in place, the port is capable of handling 14 tanks for marine fuel, LPG storage and aviation fuel.
The Port of Hambantota was first used for sea-borne trade around 250 BCE when Chinese and Arabian used it for maritime silk route. From 2002 onwards, the port authority was provided with all the necessary logistics to support the ships thus resulting in the dramatic increase of shipping operations.
Containing 3 berths which specialise in handling dry bulk and general cargo, the porthas diversified its activities. The Port of Hambantota also offers maritime transportation services in many forms ranging from serving the ships travelling, ship repair to ship building thus paving a path for a better future.