Apr 29, Hambanthota: A container ship carrying 2,850 containers docked at the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa International Port in Hambanthota yesterday dispelling the allegations of the port’s inaccessibility to receive large ships.
The 269-meter long vessel docked at the Magampura Harbour on its way to Colombo from Malaysia, Ports and Highways Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardana said.
Minister Abeygunawardana said two more ships are expected on April 30th and May 1st at the Hambanthota Harbour.
With the arrival of this cargo ship and two more to arrive, the allegations of a large rock bed blocking the entrance to the harbor for large ships have been proven wrong, the Minister has said.
Opposition United National Party (UNP) Badulla District MP Harin Fernando has said that the harbor is inaccessible to large ships since a large rock bed, which had not been removed during dredging, blocks the movements of ships.