Port Visit Coordination
Port Visit Coordination
Jayathmi Gamachchige
Assistant Manager
Commercial and Marketing
Uthpala Punchihewa
Executive – Corporate Affairs
Corporate Affairs
Port Control Department
Port Control
Pass Office Department
Pass Office
Planning and Controlling Department
Planning and Controlling
Berth Planning Department
Human Resource Department
Human Resource
Operations Department
Duty Manager
Ajantha Ravinath
Assistant Manager - Accounts Receivable & Documentation Center.
Finance Department
Krishan Geethanjana
Accounts Assistant
Finance Department – Billing Section (HIPG)
Nimesh Lakmal
Accounts Assistant
Finance Department – Billing Section (HIPS)
Finance Department
Procurement Section
Finance Department - Procurement Section


The Port and Shipping industry offers direct and indirect employment to millions worldwide. This is a fast growing industry, as over 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry, fleet sizes and trade volume are increasing continuously, and the industry is at the fore-front of embracing cutting-edge technology in virtually all aspects of its operations.

These are some of the compelling reason why you should join us for a rewarding career in the Port and Shipping industry. We welcome individuals from all types of academic, technical, socio-economic backgrounds, while also promoting ethnic, religious and gender diversity. We are especially keen on welcoming those who are innovative, committed and brimming with the passion to learn and get ahead their careers. Our specially developed career advancement and progression programs have been expressly designed with a focus on individual advancement, adoption of best-practices and technology, teamwork and enhancing productivity.

Opportunities For You

  • If you are an apprentice / school Leaver  - School leavers and students of Technical Education Institutes are welcome to apply for programs we publish periodically on our website and social media channels. We have designed these programs in collaboration with national Institutes in order to provide skilled employees to meet the demand of the local and international labor market. At HIP we provide this great opportunity under the supervision of skilled and knowledgeable professionals from our dynamic and global team. Do not hesitate to start the next chapter of your life with an International company.
  • If you are an undergraduate / fresh graduate - If you are an undergraduate or fresh graduate, our Internship/Graduate Trainee program will be the ideal platform for you to enter the Port and Maritime Industry. This program provides unparalleled opportunities for Local and International undergraduates and graduates to experience the making and breaking of classroom theories learnt thus far and thereby gain a more interactive and participatory experience in the natural professional world. It’s a program designed for the innovative, committed, result oriented and passionate to challenge themselves and determine whether they are suited for a career in the Ports and Maritime Industry. Candidates who successfully complete the program will receive an opportunity to join our team based on their performance and the opportunities we have at the time of completion.
  • If you are a professional - If you are a professional this is a much sought after opportunity for you to join an International organization with robust global networking and build or enhance a career in a challenging and diversified environment. We always welcome employees with sound experience, skills and attitude and a thirst to innovate and be a part of a bigger experience, to our energetic team. We always try to create an enjoyable work environment while providing opportunities for career development and personal development. Equal opportunities for all employees is a norm and employee empowerment is a requirement. To be a part of a winning team, do not hesitate to apply.

Our Vacancies

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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.

Both HIPG and HIPS are joint-venture companies, with shares held by China Merchants Port Holdings Limited (CMPort) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), in a Public Private Partnership (PPP). CMPort is a major conglomerate based in Hong Kong with a global presence in port operations, maritime transportation and logistics services. Sri Lanka Ports Authority is a Statutory Authority established by an Act of Parliament with powers for management and administration of ports in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)

Sri Lanka Ports Authority came into being on 1 August 1979, under the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act, No. 51 of 1979 (subsequently amended by Act No. 7 of 1984 and Act No. 35 of 1984). It was, in effect, a merger of the Colombo Port Commission Department, The Port Cargo Corporation and the Port Tally and Protective Services Corporation. and the two existing statutory Corporation. The Ports Authority is self-sustaining and operates utilizing  on its own revenue and resources and does not receive financial allocations from the Government. Prior to the formation of SLPA, the Colombo Port Commission, established in 1918, carried out the supply and maintenance of cargo-handling equipment and other infrastructure, pilotage services, docking and administration of the Port of Colombo. The Port Cargo Corporation was set up in 1958 to handle Stevedoring and shore handling activities, while the Port Tally and Protective Services Corporation was formed in 1967 in order to perform on-board tallying and watchmen services on behalf of Agents.

The role of the SLPA :
  • As per the Concession Agreement, The Chairman of the SLPA is the Chairman of the Hambantota International Port Services Company (HIPS), which operates the port’s common user facilities, including but not limited to navigation, security and safety.
  • The Deputy Harbor Master under the purview of the Harbor Master, SLPA, performs navigation services at the Hambantota International Port.
  • The Deputy Harbor Master (DHM) and Pilots are employees of the SLPA and they perform duties as per the SLPA Act, Harbor Masters Ordinance, Pilots Ordinance, etc.
  • No commercial vessel can berth at the Hambantota port without the approval of the Harbor Master of SLPA and the Sri Lanka Navy.
  • No naval vessel can berth at the Hambantota port without the approval of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
  • As per the Concession Agreement, a security oversight committee shall be appointed comprising of the Director Security-SLPA, a member from the Ministry of Defense, Commander Southern Naval Area and the Police.
  • The Director Security of the SLPA heads this committee. They meet each month alternately in Colombo and Hambantota, and review overall security of the Port.

China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort)

The history of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort), formerly China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI), dates back to 1872 when its parent company, China Merchants Group, was established in Hong Kong, focusing on core businesses of Transportation, Finance and Property. Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1992 (00144), CMPort is the largest, globally competitive public port developer, investor and operator in China. The company’s investments cover Mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas, while its port network includes coastal hub ports in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang and Shantou. It has a growing presence in South-Asia, Africa, Mediterranean and South America. CMPort’s current port network portfolio spans 50 ports in 26 countries and regions. CMPort has consistently strived and succeeded in its vision: To be a world-class comprehensive port service provider.

China Merchants Group (CMG) (Parent company to CMPort)

China Merchants Group (CMG is focused on three core industries: comprehensive transportation, featured finance, holistic development and operation of residential communities and industrial parks. CMG's economic indicators hit a record high in 2019: revenue of 717.7 billion yuan, total profit of 162.5 billion yuan and net profit of 126.2 billion yuan: a year-on-year increase of 10.4%, 12.0% and 18.0% respectively. Total assets reached 9.3 trillion yuan; an increase of 16.7%. CMG is among eight central SOEs awarded ‘Level-A’ performance evaluation by SASAC for 15 consecutive years, and ‘Excellent Performance Enterprise’ for five successive tenures. CMG and its subsidiary China Merchants Bank were both in the Fortune Global 500 list in 2019, making CMG an enterprise with two Fortune Global 500 companies.