Ship Wreck Causing Additional Legal Woes
Sri Lanka is considering legal action against a local shipping firm if it does not remove the wreck of a Turkish ship that broke up while being towed ashore. Dhanapala Weerasekera, chairman of Marine Pollution Prevention Authority (MPPA), said that Sri Lankan Shipping Company Ltd. had towed the abandoned Meliksah without any salvage contract from the owners or permission from local authorities. "As the unauthorized action... amounts to criminal negligence involving both civil and criminal liability, I will be seeking the approval of the ministry... to initiate action," he said. The Turkish vessel, which was carrying some 16,000 tons of fertilizer, was abandoned off Sri Lanka's southern coast last month after its engine room developed a leak and water began seeping in.
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 Lankan Maritime Boundary Line and handed them over to fisheries officials at Karaikal.
Sri Lanka Okays KKS Harbour and Colombo Port Project
The Government of Sri Lanka approved loans to develop both the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour and the northern section of the Colombo Port. For the reconstruction of the KKS harbour, a credit line agreement between the Export-Import Bank of India and the Sri Lankan Government was signed. Accordingly, a $ 45.17 million credit line from India will be used to finance the restoration of the KKS Harbour, which is to be transformed into a self-sustainable, commercial harbour. This project…
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 established local knowledge. Chemoil's expansion into Sri Lanka recognizes the company's commitment to the region and its belief in the potential for growth in the Sri Lankan bunker market. Main delivery port in Sri Lanka will be the port of Colombo, including Colombo anchorage and OPL Colombo.
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. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific…
Sri Lankan Navy Intercepts Rebel Boats
Sri Lankan forces sank two suspected Tamil Tiger rebel boats off the northeast coast on Saturday, the navy said. A flotilla of rebel attack boats including a suicide craft was intercepted by the Sri Lankan navy while it was headed towards Chalai, a naval statement said. "During the confrontation one enemy log craft and one attack craft was destroyed," an official said. It said the rebels brought in more boats as reinforcements but these were successfully beaten back. There was no comment from the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the incident. A military official in the country's northeastern Trincomalee district said some fishing boats might also have been caught in the crossfire.
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. Earlier on Saturday, Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake received the INS Kirch packed with relief items.
Colombo Dockyard Is Back In Business
Colombo Dockyard Ltd resumed operations on Wednesday after successful negotiations with unions following a week-long dispute. The Sri Lankan ship builder stopped operations last Thursday after its workforce protested about overtime limitations. Colombo Dockyard was privatized in 1993 when the government sold a 51-percent stake to Japan's Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd.
Somali Pirates Finally Release 'Albedo' Crew Hostages
The International Transport Federation (ITF) informs that 11 seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates for over three and a half years have finally been released, with the prospect of seeing their families once more after what is described as a 'terrible ordeal'. The seven Bangladeshi, two Sri Lankan, one Indian and one Iranian hostage were among the 23 crew on the Malaysian-owned and flagged containership Albedo when it was hijacked by Somali pirates on 26 November 2010 while 900 nautical miles off Somalia.
Indian naval ship INS Darshak to Take up Hydrographic Survey for Sri Lanka
INS Darshak, a Hydrographic Survey ship of Eastern Naval Command (ENC), India departed on a two-month long deployment for undertaking two Joint Hydrographic surveys along with the Sri Lankan Navy on 03 March 2017. The pioneer surveys will be conducted with Sri Lankan Naval personnel embarked on board INS Darshak. During the course of survey training of Sri Lankan personnel will also be undertaken on advanced hydrographic practices. The ship will visit Colombo and Galle harbours and undertake several joint exercises with Sri Lankan Navy.
Sanjam Gupta helps Launch WISTA in Sri Lanka
Within two years of the launch in India in 2012, the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (better known as WISTA), Ms. Sanjam Sahi Gupta, its Founder President, has moved fast to spread WISTA to the Indian sub continent. Her first significant effort in this direction has been the launch of WISTA in the neighboring country, Sri Lanka on 3rd July, 2014. To commemorate the occasion WISTA hosted a gala program at the Hilton Residencies Colombo amidst a large and distinguished gathering that included the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority…
Sri Lanka, India Consider Resuming Ferry Service
Sri Lanka and India are considering allowing private firms to launch a passenger ferry service between the two countries. The service, previously operated by an Indian state-run company, was halted about 15 years ago when ethnic tensions erupted in Sri Lanka, officials said. The service, when launched, would operate between the south Indian port of Tuticorin and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
CCCC to Resume Sri Lanka Port Project After Suspension
China's CCCC said on Tuesday it had approval to restart the construction of its $1.4 billion real estate project near Colombo's port that was suspended a year ago on the orders of the Sri Lankan government. Sri Lanka's cabinet last week granted approval for China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) to resume the biggest foreign direct investment project in the country after suspending it in March last year. The project includes apartments, shopping malls, a water sports area, a golf course, hotels and marinas next to Colombo's main port which India uses as a main transhipment port. "With the resumption of work now approved, the project company will commence with preparatory work as soon as feasible to ensure that the project can be completed in the expected time frame…
Colombo Dockyard Workers In Talks To End Dispute
Colombo Dockyard Ltd. was to hold talks with the labor minister and unions to resolve a dispute that forced the Sri Lankan ship builder to halt operations last week. Colombo Dockyard halted operations last Thursday after its 5,000-strong workforce protested over-time limitations.
Sri Lankan Minister Visits Goa Shipyard
Sri Lanka's Minister of State for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene visited the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) at the Vasco town, located around 40 kms from Panaji in India and inspected Sri Lankan ships under construction, the Press Trust of India reported. He inspected the progress of the two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) being built for Sri Lanka Navy at Goa Shipyards. Wijewardene held discussion with GSL Chairman and Managing Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital along with the shipyard officials on the progress of the ship building process.
Good Lookout LNG Carrier Saves Lives
NYK LNG carrier 'Lusail' rescues fishermen from the sea off the coast of Sri Lanka. Lusail was sailing from Ras Laffan, Qatar, to Yungan, Taiwan, when a crewman on deck spotted two fishermen in in the sea. The captain immediately directed the crew to initiate a rescue and even though visibility was poor because of heavy rain, the first fisherman was pulled from the water 30 minutes later. Later a second fisherman was safety taken from the water by another vessel that had responded to Lusail’s call for assistance in the rescue.
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 when he paid a courtesy call on Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
New Port Opening Promises Boost for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's new pounds Sterling 226 million deep sea port at Magampura harbor, Hambantota, on the south coast of the island has been officially opened with the ceremonial docking of the first vessel to use the port facilities. In a ceremony presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as part of the week-long festivities surrounding his official inauguration for his second term in office, a traditional sailing yacht, Pradeepa 2, dropped anchor in Hambantota's Magampura harbor. She received a traditionally warm and colorful Sri Lankan welcome from the huge crowds gathered on the waterfront and quaysides. Pradeepa 2 was chosen in recognition of Sri Lanka's age old role as a key stopping point on the ancient east-west silk trading route.
US Pulls Sri Lanka out of China Maritime Net
US has begun to wean Sri Lanka away from China’s maritime security net by incorporating Sri Lanka into their Indo-Pacific region maritime security program, says the Times of India. The US State Department said last Tuesday that United States will collaborate with Sri Lanka to act against the attempts of claiming land or maritime regions through intimidation or use of force. This would respond to the intimidation caused by China towards the controversial islands on the South China Sea.
APL To Train 20 Sri Lankan Seafarers Annually
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 5 APRIL, 2011: APL has agreed with Sri Lanka Port Authority’s Mahapola Training Institute to train 20 new seafarers from the Institute annually onboard its ships. The agreement was signed today by APL President Eng Aik Meng, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Directorate General for Merchant Shipping. “This initiative demonstrates APL’s commitment to the Sri Lankan maritime community,” said APL President, Eng Aik Meng. The agreement also extends to collaboration between APL and the Institute in areas of maritime education…
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, the CSC said in a media announcement.
Sri Lanka Cuts Fuel Price Ahead of Elections
Sri Lanka slashed fuel prices by up to nearly 6 percent on Saturday to reflect falling global oil prices and said it would forgo subsidies and allow market forces to determine prices at the pumps from now on. The fuel price reduction comes ahead of snap presidential elections in January and two months after it cut energy prices across the board. "Don't link this to the election in any way. As a result of the drop in world oil prices, better management and better debt collection we were able to reduce the prices," Minister of Petroleum Industries Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said on Saturday. India, Indonesia and Malaysia have also cut fuel subisidies in recent weeks to take advantage of lower world prices and reduce fuel subsidy bills which have strained their finances.
Sri Lanka Says No to Docking of Chinese Submarines
Sri Lanka declared that it will not allow Chinese submarines to dock in its waters as part of a new policy barring hosting of foreign submarines. Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Saturday in Beijing that the new government in Colombo will not allow a repeat of last year's visits by a Chinese submarine that had raised concerns in India. Colombo acknowledged that such a docking did take place coinciding with the Japanese Prime Minister's visit last year. A Chinese submarine had visited Colombo port twice last year which had raised concerns in India.