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Located ten nautical miles from the global trade route, the Hambantota International Port is the single largest port in Sri Lanka. Hambantota International Port will be multi-purpose port which will provide a variety of services including but not limited to container, break bulk, Ro- Ro, bunkering, cruise, oil, bulk terminal, gas and project cargo. The Port is also focused on new technologies and environmental initiatives to boost digital information flow and sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. The port is envisaged to be unparalleled, as it will be the only port in the country, designed to handle the entire spectrum of services in the maritime and logistics sphere.


Hambantota International Port Group, is a private limited liability company formed under the laws of Sri Lanka as a result of a public private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort). The majority shareholder being CMPort. HIPG’s parent company CMPort is the largest and a globally competitive public port developer, investor and operator in China with investments in Mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas. Its globe wide port network includes coastal hub ports across China, Hong Kong and also has a growing presence in South Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and South America resulting in a port network portfolio spanning 36 ports in 18 countries and regions. A subsidiary of the globally recognised China Merchant Group, CM Port is an award-winning operator in the cargo logistics sector, with an international track record for best practices and sustainable cargo transportation.

HIPG is mission driven to become a world class sea port with global connectivity, raising the standard of integrated logistics services, providing the best in class solutions to meet the changing needs of our customers. We will achieve this through total customer focus, innovative solutions, dedication and commitment to our team, use of the state of the art technologies, continuously evolving management practices and maintaining sustainable business growth accomplished with care for society and the environment resulting in superior gains to all our stakeholders.







V.Group provides a full range of ship management and marine support services to ship owners and operators around the globe, as well as the ability to blend those services together in unique combinations to meet specific customer needs.

V.Group is committed to providing a flawless service delivery through its customer-facing fleet cells, using its state-of-the-art digital platform ShipSure, which provides customers with 24/7, real-time data insights. This informs decisions and actions to strengthen all aspects of business and fleet performance, be they operational, technical, or financial.

ShipSure not only facilitates intelligent conversations between onshore and offshore teams, but it ensures the data is being used to set meaningful goals and performance-based KPIs. Through ShipSure, V.Group uses data-driven insights to drive better outcomes for its customers, integrating technology and data where it adds value.

With assets including tankers, bulk carriers, and gas carriers, to cruise, offshore, passenger vessels and containerships, under management, V.Group has access to an international network of over 44,000 seafarers across all sectors. These are supported by an onshore team of over 3,000 colleagues in over 30 countries and 60 offices around the world.

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