The Hambantota International Port is breaking new ground in Ro-Ro handling

Hambantota International Port (HIP) last week transshipped over 900 units of the latest BMWs from the port of Koper in Slovenia to the port of Pyeongtaek in South Korea. While HIP’s usual transhipment traffic is east-west, this operation proves that there is a slow growth of RORO cargo coming in from the west and going east.

“The fact that these high-end vehicles are now coming our way is a clear sign that HIP’s efficiency, reliability, quality of service and handling capacity has now reached world-class standards. Although it is the most convenient port of call for transshipment for both the Pacific and Indian Oceans, HIP’s services are first class. We are currently offering our expertise to EV OEMs,” says Tissa Wickramasinghe; the Chief Operating Officer, Hambantota International Port Group (Pvt) Limited.

Last year, HIP assessed over 500,000 vehicle units, most of which were transshipped from manufacturers in the East to the West. By mid-April this year, the port had already handled more than 200,000 vehicle units. Hambantota International Port is confident that by the end of 2023 it will exceed last year’s throughput figures.

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