Engineering quality assurance group Lloyd’s Register has issued a Fitness For Service certification for Hambantota Port Tank Farm for bunker fuel supply in Sri Lanka.
The certification includes the 11-tank storage terminal, which can store 51,000 m3 of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and 23,000 m3 of marine diesel oil (MDO), the eight loading/unloading arms of the two jetties, and the associated pipelines. Certification was awarded following a comprehensive approval process and an impartial third-party assessment.
Hambantota Port Tank Farm, which is owned by Hambantota International Port (HIP), lies 10 nautical miles from the world’s busiest maritime route linking Europe and Asia, and aims to serve that traffic.
Johnson Liu, CEO of Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) says that the certification will strengthen the confidence of the international maritime community in the port and boost Sri Lanka’s oil and gas industry.
‘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 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,’ he adds.