Hambantota (Sri Lanka)

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2024-06-13 15:21

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Port Hambantota cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Hambantota, Sri Lanka. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

27 November, 2024
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 608:0020:00
30 November, 2024
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Millennium08:0019:00

Hambantota is a port town located in southern Sri Lanka, with population around 12,000.

On June 5, 2023, Cordelia Cruises (travel brand owned by Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt Ltd/Essel Group) launched the regular India-Sri Lanka route Chennai-Hambantota-Trincomalee with the ship Cordelia Empress/fka Empress of the Seas. The itinerary (roundtrip from Chennai) is operated during summer (June thru September).

In 2023, Hambantota International Port handled 22 cruise ship calls, mostly visits from Chennai via Cordelia Cruise Lines.

New Hambantota Port

Hambantota Port (locode LKHBA) is the selected site for a development project for building a new international seaport - to be named "Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port". The shipping port is scheduled to be constructed in 3 phases, with just the first one completed at building cost of USD 360 million.

Phase 1 includes excavation of the Basin area (depth 17 m / 56 ft), dredging of the port's Entrance Channel (width 210 m / 690 ft, depth 16 m / 52 ft), construction of 2 ship docking berths (max capacity 100,000 tons), 1 Oil Berth (capacity 100,000 tons), construction of 2 breakwaters (east and west, with respective lengths 311 m and 988 m / 1020 ft and 3240 ft), the building of road infrastructure, 1 cargo storage yard (sized 0, 23 km2 / 0,1 mi2), also the construction of port / terminal buildings and utilities. Phase 1 works started in January 2008 and were completed in 2012. The first vessel berthed at Hambantota Port on November 18, 2010.

As part of the Port, an USD 550 million tax-free port zone was opened, with companies based in Russia, China, Dubai and India expressing interest in setting up port facilities, such as ship repair, shipbuilding, and warehouses. After the port's construction is fully completed, it will be able to handle up to 33 ships at a time (33 berths), ranking it South Asia's largest cargo port.

The involvement of Chinese companies in the Port's development project provoked claims by some analysts it was part of China's String of Pearls (Indian Ocean) strategy/intentions. This theory suggests a network of Chinese military and commercial port facilities along its sea lines of communication extending from China's mainland to Port Sudan. Others argued that it wouldn't be in Sri Lanka's interests to let Chinese navy vessels access the port.

In 2004, this underdeveloped area was hit hard by an Indian Ocean tsunami and is still undergoing a number of development projects including the construction of a new seaport. The international airport was finished in 2013. The projects, also including Hambantota Cricket Stadium, are part of the government's plan to transform the town into Sri Lanka's 2nd major urban hub, away from Colombo.

Historically, after its establishment, the Kingdom of Ruhuna received many traders and travelers from Indonesia, Siam and China. They all sought anchorage in the safe harbor at Godawaya, Ambalantota. The large boats and ships of these traders were called “Sampans”. As "Thota" is translated as "port/anchorage", the port where the "sampans" anchored came to be popular as “Sampantota” (now known as "Godawaya"). Later the whole area was named “Hambantota”.

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