India, Sri Lanka to Enhance Maritime Security
Noting that security of India and Sri Lanka was "indivisible", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for enhanced cooperation in key areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism. India’s PM addressing the Sri Lanka Parliament said India and Sri Lanka are two countries at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka's leadership and partnership will be vital for building a peaceful, secure, stable and prosperous maritime neighborhood. Modi noted that Indian and Lankan security and development was deeply linked with Indian Ocean. And that therefore, they could better achieve their targets if they were to increase cooperation and establish trust and respect. The Prime Minister emphasized that a future of prosperity requires a "strong foundation of security for our countries and peace and stability in the region." "The Indian Ocean is critical to the security and prosperity of our two countries. And, we can be more successful in achieving these goals if we work together; build a climate of trust and confidence; and we remain sensitive to each other`s interest," Modi said. “We deeply appreciate the cooperation that exists with Lanka on matters of security. We should expand the maritime security cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to include others in the Indian Ocean area," said Modi.
Time to Expand Lanka Port, Says Maersk
Boosting Sri Lanka’s international investment profile, the world’s largest shipper Maersk Line is moving for Sri Lanka entry. The Danish multinational Maersk Line has been the world’s largest container shipping company since 1996. It operates 604 container vessels across the world and calls on 343 ports in 121 countries. New Delhi based Danish Ambassador for Sri Lanka Peter Taksøe-Jensen revealed the Maersk Line's breakthrough entry plans for
Sri Lanka Navy Thwarts Attack on Passenger Ship
Sri Lanka Navy thwarted Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militant attacks and saved the lives of 854 unarmed soldiers, who traveled from Kankesanthurai to Trincomalee in a passenger vessel on August 1. According to report Sri Lanka Naval sea unit confronted a cluster of LTTE suicide boats at the harbor entrance of Trincomalee. Naval sources confirmed that the passenger vessel has been navigated to a distance safely into the international waters and no casualties were caused during the
ShipConstructor Expands Presence in South Asia
ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI) is expanding its presence in Korea, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with the appointment of new dealers Nova Solution Corporation and Harsha Marine Designers. The former be SSI’s dealer in the Korean market, and the latter will represent India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka, Saying Lax on Illegal Fishing
The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission on Tuesday also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, saying they had implemented concrete measures to combat illegal fishing. The four countries thus avoided being placed on the "red list" of nations that are not allowed to sell fish to
India, Sri Lanka Exchange Fishermen at Maritime Border
Sri Lanka and India exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters. A total of 15 Indian fishermen, who were in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities, reached Karaikal, while Indian Coast Guard handed over 10 Lankan fishermen and two of their boats to the Island's Coast Guard. According to an official release, Coast Guard ship ICGS Rajdhwaj received the Indian fishermen from Lankan authorities near the Indo
Sri Lanka Declared War Risk Zone, Shipowners to Pay
Sri Lanka Declared War Risk Zone, Shipowners to Pay Sri Lanka said Lloyds of London has declared the country as a war-risk zone which could result in hefty surcharges for ships entering the country's main port and hurt the trade-dependent economy. Surcharges of up to $150,000 could be slapped on larger ships entering Colombo port along with further charges for the amount of cargo carried. "Reinsurers in London have imposed a surcharge on insurance which we feel is completely unreasonable
S. Korea Pledges to Protect Ships from Piracy
According to a Jan. 17 report from Yonhap, South Korea condemned piracy and pledged to take better measures to protect its ships from the "unacceptable" act after Somali pirates were suspected of seizing a cargo ship over the weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 15, an 11,500-ton South Korean chemical freighter, the Samho Jewelry, was hijacked in the Arabian Sea as the ship was en route to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates with 21 crew members aboard. (Source: Yonhap)
India's Naval Help to Small Indian Ocean Nations
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assigned senior officials in the Ministry of Defence with a task to “identify” and “support” maritime needs of smaller nations in the IOR is being undertaken so as to counter the Chinese presence in the region, says government sources. This forms a strategy in which the government is looking at supporting the maritime infrastructure of friendly foreign countries
Full-term Certificates for “MV. Ceylon Breeze” from DNV GL
DNV GL has added to its registry as of March 2016 a new vessel built for Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), a fully Sri Lanka Government-owned commercial enterprise and company with a 45-year-long tradition in shipping. Bulk carrier “Ceylon Breeze” built at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co, Ltd China will be flying the Sri Lanka Flag, with home port Colombo and is the first of two sister vessels having a registered length of 199 metres and displacement of 63,323 DWT
China Acquires Global Ports: FT
With the aim to dominate maritime industry China has been acquiring overseas ports with huge investments which crossed USD 20 bln last year, Financial Times reported. Beijing has spent billions expanding its ports network to secure sea lanes and establish itself as a maritime power, says the report. China is aggressively pushing its “One Belt One Road”, a grand scheme to win diplomatic allies and open markets in around 65 countries between Asia and
Sri Lanka in China Port Deal
Sri Lanka’s government on Saturday signed a long-delayed agreement to sell a 70% stake in a USD 1.5-billion port to China in a bid to recover from the heavy burden of repaying a Chinese loan obtained to build the facility, report local media. After 10 years of negotiations, China Merchants Port Holdings has signed the agreement with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to develop the Hambantota Port in southern Sri Lanka.
Japan’s KCS Orders New Cable Lay Vessel
A keel laying ceremony held on September 7, 2017 at Colombo Dockyard PLC in Sri Lanka signaled the start of construction on a new cable lay vessel for Japanese owner Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd (KCS). Vard Design secured the ship design contract with builder Colombo Dockyard for KCS’s newest vessel, a VARD 9 01 design tailor-made for installation and repair of subsea telecom cables, with a high capacity below-deck cable carousel.
Tellurian Fixes Maran LNG Carrier
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Tellurian has entered into a six-month time charter contract with Maran Gas Maritime for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, the Maran Gas Mystras. Tellurian took delivery of the tanker at Galle, Sri Lanka on October 1, 2017. President and CEO Meg Gentle said, "At Tellurian, we are building a global natural gas business and proactively shaping the company to build long term value amid a robust and dynamic market
Sri Lanka, China Ink Deal to Develop Southern Port
Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited to develop a port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone. The cabinet approved a plan under which Sri Lanka will lease 80 percent of the Hambantota port to Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Company for 99 years for $1.12 billion, a government document showed on Wednesday.
Maersk Launches App for Cargo Tracking
Maersk Line today launched a mobile app to manage and track cargo on the move. This app will allow users access to comprehensive information on shipments, track cargo in real time, check schedules, changes in destination and documentation. Commenting on this development, Mr. Franck Dedenis, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) said, “We are excited to announce the launch of this mobile app which will help find and manage cargo in an instant
Laugfs Buys Third LPG Carrier Vessel
Laugfs Maritime Services, the shipping division of Sri Lanka’s Laugfs Gas, has purchased its third Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier vessel for USD 2.875 million, reports Lanka Business Online quoting company sources. The 1998-built 3,500-cbm Lady Martine was bought from Ultragas at a price of $2.875m and will be renamed Gas Courage. It will be reflagged to Sri Lanka. Laugfs Maritime Services private limited operates with Board of Investments of
Sri Lanka Approves $180 mln Vessel Deal for Colombo Dockyard
Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved the awarding of a $180 million deal for three offshore patrol vessels for the country's coast guard to Colombo Dockyard , a government document said on Wednesday. Colombo Dockyard has agreed to arrange a loan for the deal, with 40 percent provided by the Japanese Funding Institution of JBIC, another 40 percent from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, and the rest from a tied commercial term loan facility, the document said.
12th Pacific Partnership Mission On to Strengthen Indo-Asia-Pacific Ties
The U.S. Navy is joining allied and partner nation forces for the 12th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin March 1. This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness and capacity, while enhancing partnerships with participating nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific
Pacific Partnership mission in Sri Lanka
Pacific Partnership 2017 made its initial mission stop in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, March 7, with the arrival of Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4). This marked the first mission to Sri Lanka in the 12-year history of the annual civil-military operation, and the Pacific Partnership mission in Sri Lanka continues through March 18 and will make follow-on mission stops in Malaysia and Vietnam.
China Asks: Why is Japanese Warship Going to South China Sea?
China said on Tuesday it was waiting for an official word on why Japan plans to send its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, but that it hopes Japan can be responsible. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fuelled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.
India's Box Trade to Grow Double Digits: Maersk
Maersk Line said that the growth of EXIM container trade of India in the current year is likely to be in two digits. The export-import container trade volume of India grew by 10% for the full year 2016, which was double of 2015, that too amid weak global trade. In 2017, the growth is likely to be in two digits provided that India maintains its growth in markets like the Middle East, Latin America and East Africa, enhancing its client portfolio and diversifying the risks
Fire Hit MSC Daniela Docked at Colombo
MSC Daniela is docked at Colombo port, Colombo International Container Terminal, ten days after a blaze broke out in the aft section of the 13,800 teu, local media reported. No further information was provided. Earlier, Ceylon Today reported that the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) Colombo, had received a fire distress call from the local agent of 'MSC Daniela' as the vessel was 120 nautical miles off the Port of Colombo, on Tuesday (April 04).
Sri Lanka Denies Chinese Request for Sub Visit
Sri Lanka has rejected China's request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in the island nation. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in the capital of Colombo in October 2014, a move that triggered fierce opposition from its northern neighbour India, which worries about growing Chinese activity in a country it has long viewed as part of its area of influence.
INS Shardul Reaches Colombo Port
INS Shardul, which was dispatched by Southern Naval Command of India Navy with relief material to Sri Lanka has arrived in Colombo. In the wake of recent floods in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government has asked for flood relief assistance from India. According to ANI report, India dispatched three navy ships to help in the massive rescue and relief operations launched by the island nation's triforces.