Sea Link

March 11, 2008 (LBO) – A unit of Hemas conglomerate has got the Sri Lankan agency for Far Shipping Lines of Singapore which is looking at deploying bigger ships and increase services to Colombo port, an official said. Far Shipping Lines (FLS) currently operates four feeder services connecting the Indian sub-continent and Arabian Gulf with the transhipment port of Colombo, a Hemas statement said Tuesday.

The line serves as a ‘common carrier’ feeding container cargo from regional ports for transhipment through Colombo by main line vessel operators to markets outside the region.

Head of Shipping at Hemas, Irshad Musheen said Far Shipping is the first shipping agency for the Hemas group which already has the agency for airlines and also is in freight forwarding.

“We’re doing market studies to see whether we can increase customers and add more calls by Far Shipping and looking at increasing the capacity of ships,” he said.

Hemas has set up a wholly owned subsidiary called Far Shipping Lanka Private Limited for the ship agency business.

Musheen said Hemas would build its “maritime strategy” around the port of Colombo.

“Hemas will also look at Hambantota as the ‘port of the future’ and look at