Hambantota port officials insist Navy will be in charge of security

Officials at the Hambantota port insisted that the Navy will be in charge of security at the port and not the Chinese.

A group of journalists were taken on a visit to the port to see first hand some aspects of the port and to be briefed on future operations.

Local officials working with the Chinese company operating the port said that the port security is in the hands of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Officials also insisted that the Chinese had no issue working with the Sri Lanka Navy at the Hambantota port.

China Merchant Port Holdings Limited (CM Port) handles the operations of the Hambantota Port.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Government of Sri Lanka entered into a Concession Agreement with China Merchant Port Holdings Limited of Hong Kong in July last year for the management, operation and development of the Hambantota Port on a Public Private Partnership model.

On 09th December last year two Sri Lankan companies established under the concession agreement namely, Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services Co. (Pvt) Ltd. (HIPS) officially took over the Hambantota Port thereby making the concluded concession agreement effective. (Colombo Gazette)

Pictures by Lalith Perera