Running Ships

July 12, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka can get into maritime businesses like ship management as it improves its position as a shipping hub in south Asia with the construction of two big deep-water ports, an official said. The island has a lot of potential in supply chain management and logistics from a ship management perspective, said Ruanthi De Silva, director of supply chain management at Bernhard Schulte Ship-Management Group.

“We can make it happen even for ship management,” she said referring to the government’s massive investments in modernising port infrastructure and developing shipping-related services.

Bernhard Schulte Ship-Management manages over 700 ships out of 10 countries, De Silva told a ports and logistics conference in Colombo hosted by Sri Lanka Ports Authority and organized by Seatrade, an events company specializing in the maritime sector.

Of the 580 ports the firm’s vessels call, it recognises only six as hubs: Singapore, Shanghai, Rotterdam, Dubai, Houston and Los Angeles/Long Beach.

“Why are they hubs? Because they have all the characteristics we look for as ship managers,” De Silva said.

Among these was dry docking capability with on-time delivery being e