Sept 16, 2009 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said it had held talks with a visiting delegation of senior officials from Emirates Shipping Line which plans to augment and enhance its services in the region. “The delegation had deliberations with SLPA top brass on how to strengthen the partnerships between SLPA and Emirates and explore hitherto untapped high potential business areas,” it said in a statement.
Dubai-based Emirates Shipping Line offers the dedicated Africa – Far East Asia service linking East Asia to major ports on the Eastern African seaboard with calls at Colombo on the westbound leg.
The SLPA is trying to drum up new business as cargo volumes through Colombo have fallen owing to the slowdown in world trade caused by recession.
The SLPA last December struck a deal with Emirates Shipping Line to call at Colombo port with a long-term, exclusive Terminal Service Agreement.
Emirates Shipping Line started operations in 2006 with several ships of about 3,000 20-foot container capacity.
The line is registered in Dubai’s Maritime City in the United Arab Emirates and has commercial headquarters in Dubai and Hong Kong.
Emirates Shipping Lines services cover the Far East, I