Two new China-made cranes will be installed at Pier No. 6 at Hambantota International Port (HIP). The shore cranes, shipped by barge from China’s Zhenjiang Port to HIP, arrived fully assembled and took nearly 6 weeks to complete their journey.
Cranes built to meet HIP regulations are customized to comply with port environmental standards. The new equipment, which will be used for unloading bulk raw materials for the Lanwa cement plant, will move cargoes of clinker, gypsum and slag. The material will be transferred from the ship to the dust collection hopper via the cranes and then transported to a conveyor belt leading to the factory located in the BOI zone in Mirijjawila, 2 km from the port.
“The new cranes will significantly increase vessel turnaround times, which will have a highly desirable impact on our productivity. The port started handling bulk cargo in 2018 after the Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) took over. We have achieved record volumes since then and this new addition will help us to further improve the efficiency of our operations. We will be able to almost double our productivity levels with the new cranes,” says Tissa Wickramasinghe, COO of HIPG.
Each crane has a reach of 27m and can handle 600 tonnes per hour, with a lifting speed of 120m per minute. While improving the environmental friendliness of cargo handling at HIP.