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Two More Ships for Colombo Dockyard

According to a report from the Daily News out of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Dockyard undertook to handle two LPG carriers which will generate around $1.6m to the country, Colombo Dockyard Managing Director Mangala Yapa told Daily News Business. The Shipping Corporation of India, owned LPG carriers Nanga Parbat (17,601DWT) and Anapurna (17,601DWT) sister ships called in for lay up and dry docking repairs during February and March 2011 respectively.   (Source: Daily News)  

Sri Lanka’s Dockyard Says Only Talks no Shipyards

Colombo Dockyard Ltd. (CDL) said it was in the preliminary stage of talks with Croatian shipbuilders on possible collaboration but says there is no joint venture plan for a yard in Hambantota. It said in a statement to the Colombo Stock Exchange that the idea of possible collaboration in shipbuilding between Croatia and Sri Lanka was mooted by the Sri Lanka mission in Vienna. Last Thursday, minister for enterprise development and investment promotion, Sarath Amunugama

Colombo Dockyard’s Revenues Rise

According to a report from the Sunday Times, Colombo Dockyard, of which Japan's Onomichi Dockyard has a 51% stake, has released its financials for the twelve months to end-December 2010, indicating a group revenue of Rs. 14.5b, compared to Rs. 13.49b for the same period last year. However, it was an increase in group cost of sales to Rs. 11.22b, from Rs. 9.98b.   (Source: the Sunday Times)

French Woman Captured by Somali Pirates Released by EUNAVFOR

On 10 September EUNAVFOR Operation ATALANTA assets intercepted and forcibly stopped a suspected Somali Pirate skiff which was involved in the abduction of a crew member from the French Sailing Yacht (SY) TRIBAL KAT. The successful operation resulted in the safe release of Mrs Colombo, who was unharmed. Seven persons suspected of carrying out the pirating and abduction have been detained. On 8 September, responding to a distress call

Offshore Platform/ROV Support Vessel Delivered

Singapore's Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd. takes delivery of the vessel from Colombo Dockyard, Sri Lnaka. Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd. (GGOS), a Singapore incorporated subsidiary of Greatship (India) Limited (GIL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited has taken delivery of a Platform/ROV  Support Vessel, Greatship Ragini. Greatship Ragini is a DP2 vessel

KPCT Launches New Gulf Service


  Containerized volumes are steadily increasing on the East Coast of India. Keeping pace with the growth, Krishnapatnam Port Co. Ltd. (KPCT) now offers a new service to the Gulf sector. Simatechin association with Evergreen Line recently launched a joint CCG Service.The first sailing of this weekly service commenced at KPCT by the maiden call of M.V. Taroko on May 21, 2015. This 28 day service will utilize four container ships of around 2

Sri Lanka Begins Building Berth At Eastern Port

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has begun construction of a $16 million berth in the eastern Trincomalee Harbor to increase cargo handling, according to ports ministry officials. Work on the new berth, which will be able to handle both break-bulk and container traffic and would accommodate vessels up to 50,000 tons, is expected to be completed by July 2001. Trincomalee Harbor, approximately 150 miles northeast of the capital Colombo

Malta Drydocks: Johnson Out, Seeking New CEO

Malta Drydocks has issued an international call for applicants for a new chief executive after dismissing the British incumbent a year before his contract expires. Malta Drydocks said it had terminated the contract of Chief Executive Barry Johnson following disappointing financial results for the first five months of this year. "Malta Drydocks will be intensifying its efforts to improve operations because productivity is still low when compared to competitors," the dockyard said.

Chemoil Enters Sri Lankan Bunker Market

Chemoil Corporation has commenced supplying bunkers in Sri Lanka. Local deliveries will be made by Lanka Bunkering Services Ltd. (LBS), a joint venture between Chemoil and local company, Sri Lanka Shipping Company (SLSC). SLSC is a well known shipping company in Sri Lanka who until recently sold bunkers using its subsidiary Lanka Maritime Services (LMS). Chemoil will join forces with SLSC, using its international network of customers and global experience in combination with SLSC's well

Sri Lanka Backs China Port City Deal After Threat to Cancel

Sri Lanka's cabinet said on Thursday it would allow a $1.5 billion "port city" deal with China to go ahead, apparently dropping its earlier threats to cancel the project, approved by the last government. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said new President Maithripala Sirisena would however discuss with Beijing controversial arangements over the freehold of land to be used, when he visited China in March.

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

Lanka to Allow Chinese Subs Visit

Ranil Wickremesinghe. Photo: Official Facebook Page

 Sri Lanka will allow future submarine visits by China provided they are not too frequent, and will keep the neighboring India informed of the visits, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said.   In future, Sri Lanka will set out definite criteria for calls by foreign naval ships

India, Bangladesh Pact for Coastal Shipping

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official Page of Nitin Gadkari

 India and Bangladesh have signed the standard operating procedure (SOP) to launch the ‘Agreement on Coastal Shipping’, which is expected bring down the logistic costs of export-import cargo between the two countries.  

MacGregor to Supply Cargo Access Systems for Mega RoRo Ships

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver RoRo access equipment packages for a series of two post-Panamax RoRo carriers. The vessels are under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the Luxembourg-based operator CLdN

APSEZ to Develop Vizhinjam Port

Gautam Adani

  Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, has received “Letter of Award” for development of the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Seaport Project from Government of Kerala (GoK)

Sri Lanka to Establish Terminal for Cruise Ships

Colombo Port. Image by Sri Lanka Ports Authority

 A fully-fledged cruise terminal is to be set up at Colombo port given the increasing number of calls by cruise vessels, according to Lakdas Panagoda, chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).   The SLPA plans to convert the Bandaranaike Quay (BQ) of Colombo port into a

Navig8 Amessi joins the Delta8 Pool

Navig8 tanker

  Navig8 Chemicals is pleased to announce the delivery of Navig8 Amessi, the eleventh of eighteen ECO 37,000dwt chemical tankers constructed at Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard ("HMD"). We welcome the latest addition to our growing pool:

WISTA-Sri Lanka Celebrates 1st Anniversary


  WISTA International Board Member and INDIA President Ms.Sanjam Sahi Gupta attended the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WISTA Sri Lanka that was held on 22nd of July 2015 .The event was graced by government heads such as the Hon. Minister of Shipping and Aviation Mr

MCS Adds London Stop to Australia Express Service

Photo courtesy of DP World London Gateway Port

The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A Australia Express Service will begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea terminal, following changes to the service. The service will now provide direct calls between DP World London Gateway Port

Strike Ends at Mumbai's GTI Container Terminal

Contract workers at an Indian port in the commercial capital Mumbai have called off their nearly a week-long strike that backed up more than 25,000 containers of commodities such as sugar, pulses and rapeseed meal. Loading and unloading ground to a halt due to the strike called by contract

G6 Alliance Axes Four Asia-Europe Sailings

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Container shippers of the G6 Alliance announced four sailings within their Asia-Europe product have been cancelled in response to changes in market demand.    According to the shippers, as the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile

Mercmarine Unveils Engine Room Simulator in Sri Lanka

Left to right: L P Jayampathy, secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping; Mercmarine chief operating officer Capt. Rohan Codipilly and Mercmarine CEO Thomas Kriwart (Photo: Mercmarine)

Global maritime group Mercmarine has unveiled a new state-of-the-art engine room simulator at its training base in Sri Lanka.   Hailed the most advanced simulator of its type in the country, the Transas 5000 TechSim marine engine room simulator was officially opened by Ministry of Ports and

Sri Lankan Shipping Firm to Launch Vizag, Yangon Service

Image: Visakha container terminal

 Sri Lanka based shipping company- Herbilan Shipping Pvt Ltd is all set to launch Colombo-Vizag-Yangon (Myanmar)-Colombo service from September 1, reports the Hindu.    “One of the main reasons for Herbilan Shipping to launch the service is to give direct connectivity with

Colachel to Become Major Port

Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan. Photo by  National Portal of India

 The government of India would soon build a major port at Colachel in the southernmost tip of Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of $3.2 billion (Rs 21,000 crore), envisaged to emerge as a southern gateway of transshipment in the country, reports PTI.  

Maersk Cuts 16% West Central Asia-Europe

Photo: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line, the container shipping unit in the A.P. Moller-Maersk group in Copenhagen, says it will cut about 16% of its capacity on the West Central Asia-Europe trade lane.   "In our continuous effort to provide our customers with an attractive and competitive West Central Asia

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