Biggest ship to enter a South Asian Port calls at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port
A Denmark flagged vessel owned by Maersk, MV Maersk Milan, has called at the Colombo Port in Sri Lanka, making it the biggest ship to enter a port in South Asia, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority has announced.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has said Maersk had a long-term relationship with Colombo port.
“We hope that Maersk will continue to grow the volumes of the Port of Colombo,” SLPA Chairman Parakrama Dissanayake was quoted as saying when he visited the ship.
The ‘Triple E’ class (Economy of scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved) ship had entered service in 2017. The 399 metre long, 59 metre wide ship uses slow-steaming to increase efficiency.
It can carry over 20,500 containers. The ship called at the Chinese controlled, Colombo International Container Terminal.
Julian Bevis – Senior Director, Group Relations South Asia of the Maersk Line India (Pvt) Ltd, was quoted as saying that Colombo was keeping ahead of competition and providing better services to operators.
The announcement by the SLPA that the biggest ship to call at a South Asian port has in fact called at the Colombo Port is a great feat for Sri Lanka’s shipping industry. The Colombo Port is in direct competition with many ports in India as well as Pakistan. The confidence shown by a leading shipping line to visit Colombo would undoubtedly bring in much focus to the Colombo Port. It would also mean that areas adjoining the port as well as areas within the port could be developed to accommodate the seamen arriving from all parts of the world.
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