Due to the presence of blue whales, the value of Sri Lanka’s ports is at risk.

The International Maritime Organization has made the decision to relocate the international shipping lane by 15 nautical miles from Doundara Point. The organization states that this decision is aimed at safeguarding the blue whale population.

Environmentalists have long been highlighting the issue that the current international shipping route traverses through an area frequented by these marine creatures, resulting in a significant number of blue whales being endangered each year.

However, if this proposal is put into effect, it may pose a serious crisis for Sri Lanka’s ports, including Hambantota. Consequently, the government has taken measures to voice its opposition. It has come to light that Sri Lanka has already lodged a request to have the proposal removed from the agenda of the upcoming 80th session of the organization, scheduled to be held in the United Kingdom next month.

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