container ship operator HR Lines Limited, will be launching the
Colombo-Chattogram feeder service on the 4th of April 2021, in partnership
with, Clarion Shipping (Pvt) Limited, a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited.
The operation will commence with two of the newest container vessels to be
added to the fleet of HR Lines, MV HR Hera and MV HR Rhea with a capacity of
Colombo-Chattogram Express service with a fixed day, weekly service
Colombo-Chattogram Express service, expands Colombo’s transshipment connectivity
to Bangladesh with a fixed day, weekly service. With Colombo being the only
deep water port in the South Asian region that can accommodate even the largest
VLCC vessels, the need for frequent transshipment connections to regional ports
has increased in recent times. Taking advantage of its strength and stature in
the field of shipping and logistics, Hayleys Advantis has constantly worked
towards building capability across the region to help position Sri Lanka as a
regional logistics hub.
Commenting on the
planned launch of the new service Tharanga Perera, Director/CEO of Clarion
Shipping (Pvt) Ltd said that “this goes in line with the Government’s
aspirations of establishing Sri Lanka as a regional logistics hub and frequent
transshipment connections of this nature, will enable Colombo to attract more
large vessels in the coming years. Our aim is to help establish Colombo as the
largest transshipment cargo hub for the Asian region”.
HR Lines will launch two more ships in August 2021 upgrading Colombo-Chattogram
Express service to a twice weekly service says Director – HR Lines
Hossain Chowdhury, Director – HR Lines stated that “HR Lines will launch two
more ships in August 2021, each with a capacity of 1,550TEU, which will also be
deployed on the Colombo-Chattogram Express service, upgrading it to a twice
Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka, HR Lines is a part of Karnaphuli Group, a
diversified business house with interests in marketing, distribution, financial
services, general insurance, telecommunications, print and electronic media,
aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, shipping and logistics. HR Lines
is working towards expanding its connectivity with regional transshipment hubs
with the procurement of up to six box-ships with a capacity of around 1,550TEU
in the coming months.