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 SLPA rejects misleading reports on Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Magam Ruhunupura


The attention of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority has been drawn to a  misleading report on the safety aspects of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Magam Ruhunupura at Hambantota.  

The safety aspect of a port in any country, whether it’s  newly built or currently in operation  is declared by the authorities in the country under whose  purview the ports come under. All commercial ports in Sri Lanka are owned and operated by the SLPA. Therefore, it is the SLPA that takes on the onerous responsibility in ensuring  all its ports are safe for the purpose they are built for in order to safeguard its reputation as well as the National Interest which will never be compromised. The Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Magam Ruhunupura has already received ISPS Certification as per the IMO recommendation and the UN Locator Code ‘LKHBA’ has been has also been allocated. 

On the other hand vessels plying on the High Seas are insured against various eventualities by a host of Underwriters who provide protection and indemnity liability, hull and machinery cover to ship owners. 

The fact that vessels did enter the Maninda Rajapaksa Port in Magam Ruhunupura in November which was witnessed by many thousands will confirm the report  that was published is false and misleading. 

The Mahninda Rajapaksa Port in Magam Ruhunupura is a mega national development project that has been launched by Sri Lanka ports Authority, to ensure a significant contribution from the maritime sector towards the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka.

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