Hambantota International Port is a part of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road that runs through China’s coast through to the Suez Canal and on to Europe. Construction started in 2008 with majority funding by the Chinese government. Issues have been raised as to viability of the project given the current operations of the Port of Colombo. The port is operated by the Hambantota International Port Group. It is a private limited liability company responsible for the managing and operating of the port. The first phase of the project is for two 600 metre general purpose berths as well as facilities for Liquid Petroleum Gas. A free port zone is planned for the location.
The developers plan on building a future container jetty. Eventually the intention is for the Port to be the largest in South Asia.