The Sunday Leader

Vehicles Damaged At H’tota Port

By Indika Sri Aravinda

A number of brand new vehicles imported to Sri Lanka have been damaged at the Hambantota port while being offloaded from ships.

The General Manager of the harbour said that eight vehicles have been damaged in accidents when being offloaded.

The accidents had occurred mainly due to irresponsible driving at speeds ranging from 70 to 90 miles per hour when the vehicles were offloaded to the dock. Since there is no proper insurance coverage and since the harbour authorities do not accept their responsibilities, there is an increase of such accidents day by day, sources said.

The employees who offload these vehicles have been recruited from private firms, reliable sources from the harbour said.

Commenting on the issue, an importer of luxury vehicles from the Nuwara Eliya area said that a hybrid vehicle he had imported met with an accident when it was being offloaded resulting in damages over Rs. one million.

Two employees at the harbour who caused such accidents had been interdicted by the harbour authorities recently.

4 Comments for “Vehicles Damaged At H’tota Port”

  1. Lal.Fernando.

    What a load of rubbish this is.By interdictiong the two employees is not going to fix the problem.So the best thing is , first fix the problem.Take appropiate steps , not to have this type of things hapenning again.Closing the gates when the horses have bolted is not good enough.

  2. T Wickramaratna

    Who is responsible?

  3. bala Sunderam

    Give monkeys razor blades and see what happens. Well Hambantota is not a pleasant destination since too much corruption is associated with it.

  4. If the two harbour workers had been interdicted ,means that these two were irresponsible and liable for the damage of the vehicles is it not? Then the Hrbour accepts the negligence and the Ports Authority must pay damages to importer .

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