For ships plying the East-West route, Hambantota International Port is located mid-way between Singapore and Fujaira, which supply over 60 million tonnes of fuel per year. Given the distance between these two ports, Hambantota is an ideal location for ships to make a bunkering call. In order to meet this demand, HIP is actively engaged in improving the quality and quantity of bunker fuel, as well as safe and efficient delivery.
HIP has also ensured that its bunkering operations conform to the International Maritime Organisation’s 2020 regulations on reducing sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions. The Bunkering Facility and Tank Farm at Hambantota consists of 14 tanks with a total storage capacity of 80,000 m3. This includes individual storage capacities of 51,000 m3 of VLSFO and 23,000 m3 of MDO/MGO and 6,000 m3 for LPG.
These facilities have been constructed approximately 1.2 km from the waterfront, and are connected to the oil terminal through a pipeline. The tank farm also consists of an oil blending facility, fuel testing facility, firefighting equipment, weigh bridge and truck loading facility. The two oil terminals at HIP have a total of 10 loading arms - 2 for LPG and 8 for bunkering, which facilitate ease of loading and unloading to and from the storage tanks. HIP can be considered a one-stop port to call, as vessels can refuel and load cargo, conduct repairs, clean and lay-by.
Hambantota International Port has great potential in energy services due to its location in the Indian Ocean rim, where 50% of the world’s maritime oil is traded. HIP’s LPG and future LNG operations are sure to cement the port’s position as an energy hub in the region. Some of the factors in our favour include:
- Availability of very low-sulfur fuel (VLSFO)
- A Lloyds certified Fuel Storage, Pumping, Firefighting & Jetty infrastructure facility
- Advance Fire Fighting Facility with dedicated firefighting team
- 14 tanks and 80,000 m3 capacity
- Oil Jetty: 610m
- Waste Oil Treatment Facility
- Bunker Capacity 74,000m3
- Oil Sample testing/laboratory services internationally accepted components and ingredients of the of MFO (VLSFO, MGO), LPG, LNG and fresh water
- Honeywell EPKS based redundant control system
- Each area has CCTV system with night vision, zooming function and longer period recording facilities
- We have invested and additional USD13M for the repair, renovation and upgrading of the oil and tank facilities. This has been carried out for the purpose of achieving the highest standard in safety and quality control
Berthing Policy for the Oil Jetty
Tank Farm Capacity
|Oil Terminal (North)|
|No. of berths||1 Nos (100,000 DWT)|
|Wharf deck height||4m|
|Oil Terminal (South)|
|No. of berths||1 Nos (100,000 DWT)|
|Wharf deck height||4m|
|Loading Unloading Arms (Jetty 1)||5Nos|
|LPG||L-6101 - 10"/6", 1400 M3/h|
|MFO380||L-6104 - 10", 1400 M3/h|
|MFO380||L-6105 - 10", 1400 M3/h|
|MDO/MGO||L-6107 - 10", 2500 M3/h|
|MDO/MGO||L-6108 - 8", 1400 M3/h|
|Loading Unloading Arms (Jetty 2)||5Nos|
|LPG||L-7101 - 10"/6", 1400 M3/h|
|MFO380||L-7104 - 10", 1400 M3/h|
|MFO380||L-7105 - 10", 1400 M3/h|
|MDO/MGO||L-7107 - 10", 2500 M3/h|
|MDO/MGO||L-7108 - 8", 1400 M3/h|
|Tank type||Quantity||Storing capacity|
|Spherical Tank||3||LPG - Diameter - 15.7m / Capacity 2000m^3|
|Fixed Roof Tank||2||MDO/MGO - Diameter - 31m / Height -19.2m / Capacity - 10000 m^3|
|1||MDO/MGO - Diameter - 17.6m / Height -17m / Capacity - 3000 m^3|
|3||MFO - 380 - Diameter - 31m / Height -19.2m / Capacity - 10000 m^3|
|3||MFO - 380 - Diameter - 22m / Height -18m / Capacity - 5000 m^3|
|2||MDO/MGO/MFO - 380 - Diameter - 17.6m / Height -17m / Capacity - 3000 m^3|
|1||Slop Oil - Diameter - 7m / Height - 8.6m / Capacity - 300 m^3|
|Horizontal Tank||1||Diesel - Diameter - 1.8m / Length - 4.5m / Capacity - 12 m^3|
|1||Foam - Diameter - 2m / Length - 3.95m / Capacity – 10 m^3|
|Drinking Water||1||Water - Diameter - 4m / Height - 2m / Capacity - 20 m^3|
HIP has entered into a strategic partnership with Sinopec, which is a subsidiary of Sinopec Group - China’s largest oil and petrochemical products supplier, with storage capacity exceeding one million cubic meters, in addition to operating in 40 key ports worldwide. Sinopec Fuel trading company was established in partnership with British Petroleum in Singapore in 2015. Sinopec’s clientele are spread across more than 30 countries globally.
PETROLEUM LABORATORY AT HAMBANTOTA INTERNATIONAL PORT
Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. A network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification (ATIC) solutions with precision, pace and passion enabling customers to power ahead safely.
With a long track record of experience and success, Intertek has provided professional cargo inspection services since 1885, having started under the name Caleb Brett. Intertek Caleb Brett is known for its expertise in qualitative and quantitative analytical assessment services to the oil and gas, chemical, and other commodities’ markets.
The local arm of the well-defined Caleb Brett service portfolio covers but not limited to providing solutions like bunker fuel testing, crude oil assay, tank gauging, product sampling, LPG & LNG inspection and testing, analytical services for oil and petrochemicals, metering and calibration, auto-sampling, elemental trace analysis, global sample forwarding, oil condition monitoring, on-board vessel quantity survey, ship to ship transfers etc., while conforming to the accepted national and international industry standards such as ASTM, ISO, IP, UOP.
Recognizing the strategic importance and future potential of the Hambantota International Port, and as an expansion to the Caleb Brett inspection and testing services of Intertek Sri Lanka, a new state-of-the-art petroleum laboratory was set-up in year 2021, following a 10-year partnership between Intertek Sri Lanka and HIPG.
The partnership grants Intertek Sri Lanka to cater for marine vessels calling on Hambantota International Port facility. This is the only internationally recognized and Accredited private petroleum testing laboratory in Sri Lanka and is the only fully qualified lab in Sri Lanka to test IMO 2020 global Sulphur protocol.
The facility is equipped with the latest hi-tech instruments to provide a better analytical service to the customers. ICP-OES, Hydrogen Sulphur Analyzer by IP570 (one and only instrument in Sri Lanka to analyze bunker fuels for H2S), FTIR, ED-XRF, Distillation Apparatus and Automatic Titrator are such few instruments.
The laboratory comprises of IFIA certified inspectors and a dedicated, qualified, and experienced laboratory team who are skilled in quality control, trouble shooting and research activities. The team brings an extensive knowledge in handling multitude loading and discharge operations for major traders and oil majors. Through this facility clients can get fuel oil, marine diesel and marine gas oils tested efficiently and with ease, according to ISO 8217:2017 at the bunker terminal site.
This new facility allows to cater with the fastest turnaround times, accurate results and high-quality test reports in the region. The laboratory is also a great example of Intertek Caleb Brett’s commitment in expanding the network to better serve the needs of their customers while staying committed to the relationships already established in the industry.