The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG)
has entered into their very first Terminal Service Agreement (TSA) with K-Line
PTE Limited (KLPL), one of the world’s largest Ro Ro operators and a member of
the global giant in transportation, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd of Japan.
The TSA was a result of K Line’s decision to
partner HIPG to improve their throughput via the Hambantota Port, as the
international standard service delivery levels consistently achieved and
maintained by HIPG, met with their own exacting levels.
The terminal service agreement will help the RO
RO vessels of the K Line to get priority berthing at Hambantotal port. The
Hambantota port will be yet another transshipment port along with Colombo but
will handle automobiles imports meant for Sr Llanks besides the transshipment
automobile cargo mainly from Chennai and Kamarajar port.
A high powered delegation from K-Line led by
president & CEO of KLPL, Makoto Hashizume arrived at the Hambantota Port
recently, and was welcomed by the CEO of HIPG, Ray Ren and COO, Tissa
Wickramasinghe. The reception was followed by the signing ceremony that took
place at the administration offices of HIPG.
Leveraging synergies and views on future
cooperation were points of discussion between K-Line and HIPG during the
signing ceremony. Key amongst the subjects taken up, was the improvement of
future service quality, and ways of improving throughput volumes.
The signing of the TSA is not only a first for
HIPG but a milestone for the Sri Lankan industry as this is the first such agreement
to be signed with a Ro Ro operator in the country’s history.