Hyundai Glovis Co. Ltd., the car carrier with a worldwide transport network, represented in Sri Lanka by Aitken Spence Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of diversified conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC, was the first shipping line to explore the viability of transshipping automobiles via Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa (MRMR) Port. The vessel “Asian Sun” of Hyundai Glovis arrived at the Port MRMR Port Hambantota on the 6th of June to discharge approximately 1000 units of Hyundai automobiles.
The Management of Aitken Spence Shipping convinced their principal Ms. Hyundai Glovis to use the port of Hambanthota as their transshipment hub, due to its many attributes such as location, deep draft and large yard capable of storing over 10,000 vehicles.
Hyundai Glovis’s initial plan is for their vessel to discharge 1000 Hyundai vehicles, manufactured at the Hyundai Motors Chennai plant, via the port of Hambantota en route to Europe / Africa and several other destinations, the vehicles will be stored at Hambanthota port’s vehicle yard until the next Hyundai Glovis’s car carrier, “Asian Legend” arrives at Port of Hambanthota on the 17th of June to load these transshipment units. The volume of Hyundai transshipment vehicles via the port of Hambanthota is expected to grow substantially with 3 to 4 vehicle carriers expected to call each month.
Hyundai Glovis is one of the world’s leading vehicle carriers having a fleet of 30 PCTC vessels serving destinations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa. They also offer logistics services and conduct one of the largest vehicle auctions in Korea.
This pioneering call of Hyundai Glovis’s vehicle carrier at the MRMR port in Hambanthota will kick-start the operational capabilities of this yet untested port and dispel any myths that it is not a viable port for commercial vessels. The Magam Ruhunpura Mahinda Rajapaksha port is to be one of the leading hub ports in the region, which is becoming a reality with the interest and the potential shown by various Principals.