The Ruhunu Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port has got listed for international shipping routes.
Two International cargo shipping lines route their shipping network through this new harbor from the 18th of this month. Both these ships will transport fertilizer. The first ship from China will call over on the 18th. It is transporting 7,500 tons fertilizer, and will be stationed at the Harbour for three days. The second ship, from South East Asia will call over on the 23rd of this month and would be in the Port for four days. This ship will also transport fertilizer as loose cargo in packed plastic bags ready for use. The fertilizer transported by these two ships is to be distributed in the Southern, Uva and Central provinces. Port officials said that for the first time lorry owners would get an opportunity to reap the benefits of the Port by transporting the fertilizer from the Port. The entrepreneurs would also get the opportunity to provide the logistical requirements of these ships to supply them with water, food and other essential items. Meanwhile, an international shipping line which has ships with floating libraries has also sought permission to anchor their ships at the Port for one week.