Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) has the exclusive rights in developing, managing and operating the common user facilities such as port control, piloting, mooring, anchorage, towage, security and QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment). HIPG and HIPS work together to ensure the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers; integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations.

Navigation Services


The Hambantota International Port provides the ideal location for anchorage activities as it is a mere 10 nautical miles from the main east west trade route. The anchorage boasts good holding grounds with no obstructions. It is suitable for deep draft vessels and is an ideal anchorage location for long term layups. As it is in close proximity to the port, a gamut of services can be provided in an efficient manner via boats, provision supply, crew changes, fresh water and bunkering without calling inside the port. The Sri Lanka Navy ensures the safety and security at anchorage and therefore it is unparalleled.


Ships are secured to mooring in order to prevent free movement of the ship on the water. Hambantota International Port has a well-designed mooring facility, including jetties, piers, dolphins, which have been strategically installed in appropriate locations. This is based on geotechnical characteristics, meteorological characteristics, sea states and other environmental aspects to secure a safe and a smooth facility for all vessels. Our staff is well-trained and dedicated to handling of any kind of mooring lines ranging from steel, soft tail and others.


The pilots at HIP who bring the ships in and out of the port are direct employees of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. We are in a position to offer world-class pilotage services for all types and sizes of vessels sailing in and out of the Port. In collaboration with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, HIP ensures professional pilotage a 24x7x365 basis. Our fleet includes a modern pilot launch, which can achieve speed in excess of 15 knots.

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