HIPG celebrates CMG’s 150th anniversary

The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) celebrated the 150th anniversary of China Merchants Group, the parent company of its global partner CMPort, with the launch of a unique event this year. The “RORO Drivers Technical Skills” competition to mark this anniversary was organized for the drivers of Hambantota Logistics (Pvt) Limited (HLPL), Service
Supplier of the Hambantota International Port (HIP).

China Merchants Group (CMG) is modern China’s first joint-stock company, establishing the country’s first merchant fleet, first bank and first insurance company. CMG pioneered China’s modern national maritime industry and was the force behind the development of many other industries today. An integrated company with diversified businesses, CMG is a world-leading port investor, developer and operator, which has established a relatively comprehensive port network in China and around the world. The Group’s investment and management rights include terminals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Yingkou, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang, Shantou and other container hubs, successfully developed in Asia Southeast, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania. In 2021, CMG’s port segment achieved total container throughput of 134 million TEUs and bulk cargo throughput of 880 million tonnes, making it the world’s largest in terms of total cargo throughput and equity debit. Johnson Liu, CEO of HIPG and representative of CMG, addressing the event held next to the port’s customs bay, said: “China Merchants, headquartered in Hong Kong and founded in 1872, is the parent and founding company of our partner CMPort, whose global expertise we bring to the Hambantota International Port (HIP). Operating as a transshipment hub for RO-RO, HIP has continued its steady growth over the past few years. We have handled over 1.8 million RORO freight to date. The RORO business is important to HIP and that is why we have organized this “RORO Technical Skills Competition for HLPL Employees” to coincide with our parent company’s anniversary celebrations.

The competence of the driver reflects not only the efficiency of our operation, but also the level of safety of the service we provide. Therefore, it is important that we take these skills seriously and recognize them as part of the HIP brand. HLPL, which manages general port operations, unloading, loading, moving, receiving and delivering RORO cargo for Hambantota International Port (HIP), has 391 employees, including drivers, whippers and a mooring team. On average, 87 RORO drivers operate each shift at the port. The competition was organized to give these pilots the opportunity to show their skills
and encourage them to continue to maintain high levels of efficiency, safety and precision in the operation of onboard and onboard vehicles during the transshipment process.

A total of 10 drivers, based on their skills, field of activity and experience, were selected to participate in the competition. The fields of activity of the participants were car parks, getaway drivers and ferry drivers. The competition events were forward – “8” shape, reverse – “S” shape, left and right rear parking and hill driving. Strict rules were followed by participants, including maintaining set speed limits, following guidelines set by the referee, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The judges’ judging criteria were based on skills displayed in driving control, maintaining speed, lane alignment, clutch balance, shifting and orderly parking. Six winners came out of the competition, the 1st and the 2nd
the finalists and the overall winner received cash prizes from HIP.

The competition ended with the award ceremony, during which the “Roro Master Cup 2022” was presented to the winner by CEO Johnson Liu. The 1st and 2nd runners-up also received their awards from the hands of the CEO.
Source: Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG)