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Development of Port in Hambantota
(MRMR Port )

New Berth at Magampura Port

Port of Hambantota is planned to develop as a Services and industrial port. Hambantota is one of the lowest per capita income regions in Sri Lanka. Thus, the construction of a Port in Hambantota will be an important catalyst for a major economic development in Sri Lanka and further it will reduce the prevailing higher unemployment percentage in the Hambantota region.

Total estimated construction cost of the Phase 1 of the project is US $ 361 million and out of which, 85% has been funded by the Ex-Im Bank of the People's Republic of China.

The main construction work of the phase I was officially commenced on 15th January 2008 and the project duration is 39 months. The project is planned to be completed by 15th April 2011.

The first vessel was ceremonially  berthed at Hambantota Port on 18th November this year. A number of foreign and local entrepreneurs have already expressed interest to invest in the business opportunities at the port.

In view of the deeper berths and location advantages at Hambantota, it may be possible to attract most of the port related industries. Since the maximum draft at Colombo is about 10m for general cargo vessels, manufactures may invest at Hambantota to get the advantage of “economies of scale.”

New Vehicle Arrivals

Project Staff -


Project Director      - 

Dy. Project Director -  Mr. Agil Hewageegana                                    
                                                     Chief Engineer - Southern Ports Development
Engineer -

Dy. Project Director -  Mr. Agil Hewageegana                                    
                                                    Chief Engineer - Southern Ports Development
Contractor –

China Harbour Engineering Co & Sinohydro Corporation Ltd JV


Project Details:-

Date of Commencement        : 15th January 2008                                 Contract Period                     : 39 months                                          Estimated Cost                      : US $ 361 million

Main port Parameters (phase 1) :-

      Design Vessel 

 100,000 DWT

      Approach Channel Width


      Approach Channel Width


      Eastern Breakwater


      Western Breakwater


     Turning Circle


     Quay Length (General Cargo) 600m
     Service Quay 105m

     Oil Quay

610m + 17m Depth

     Depth of Basin


Bunkering Facility & Tank Farm project
       Tank Farm capacity 80,000 cbm
       Bunkering 08 Tanks
       Aviation Fuel 03 Tanks
       LPG 03 Tanks

Brief Summary of the Project Features :-

The main construction work includes, Construction of two nos of Breakwaters, Excavation of the 17m depth Basin area, dredging of 210m Wide Entrance channel, Construction of Service Berth, General purpose Berth, Oil Berth, Roads and Buildings.


Present Status :-

Contractor M/s China Harbour Engineering Company & Sinohydro Corporation Joint Venture carries out d the construction works under the supervision of engineering team of SLPA and present Progress of the work is highly satisfactory.

SLPA has already called Request for Proposals from prospective investors at the Hambantota Port mainly for the following categories.

      Cement Grinding Plant

      Cement Storage and Bagging Plant

      Fertilizer Storage/Processing Bagging Plant

      LP Gas Distribution Facility

      Ware Housing Complex

      Vehicle Assembling Plant

      Flour Mill

      Food Processing & Packaging

      Any Other Business Related to Import and Export Sector           

Hence the industries which will be taken place could be finalized when they are actually materialized near future.




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