Sri Lanka Hambantota port to set up marine fuel testing lab
26th May 2021 16:49 GMT

Sri Lanka's Hambantota International Port (HIP) is to partner Intertek Lanka (Pvt) Ltd to establish a bunker fuel testing laboratory, the port authority said in a statement on its website.

In a virtual ceremony, HIP signed a 10-year partnership agreement with Intertek Lanka. Intertek’s lab will provide assurance, testing, inspection and certification services.

“Petroleum testing is an important activity in port-related services such as testing marine products, bunkering and bunker related inspections.” Priyantha De Silva, country MD at Intertek Lanka, said in the statement.

Intertek said it helps "to ensure that products meet quality, health, environmental safety and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world."

Tissa Wickramasinghe, chief operating officer at Hambantota International Port Group, said in the statement that the laboratory would be built within the port premises, enabling HIP’s clients "to get their products...tested efficiently."

A Colombo-based bunker trader said it will be the "first fully-fledged private lab in Sri Lanka", that will provide suppliers and owners with more choice at more competitive pricing. "The government lab is good, but on the cost side, there are arbitrary increases," he said.

Bunkerworld ,
26th May 2021 16:49 GMT