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The Hayleys Group plans to acquire a few more ships in the coming months as it sees opportunities to expand its transport unit. The Hayleys Group plans to acquire a few more ships in the coming months as it sees opportunities to expand its transport unit. Hayleys, one of Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerates, has interests in rubber and coconut-based products, plantations, transportation, automobiles and technology. It also has an insurance joint venture with American International Group (AIG) and has expanded into the power generation sector in a partnership with AES Corp. (AES) of the U.S.

The group last year acquired a 1,100 TEU second hand ship, and gave it out on a charter.

“We go for back to back agreements, if a company wants a ship we buy it and give it to them. But we are looking out to acquire some ships,” says Mohan Pandithage, Director Hayleys Group.

Transport and logistics has evolved into a key business unit with major investments in a container yard, a 100,000 sq.ft. Distribution Centre,

Transport is one of Hayley’s key growth areas, which is expected to contribute to 25 percent of group revenues du