Sea Transfers

Feb 07, 2012 (LBO) – Global ship agency and offshore marine service provider GAC has set up a supply base in Galle to support ship-to-ship (STS) services, a statement said.

The new service complements existing services such as ship agency, bunker supplies and the ship supply service.

GAC Sri Lanka uses a fleet of ten high speed service craft to deliver supplies and personnel to vessels in international shipping lanes without them having to deviate from their course. The move, by GAC’s in-house ship-to-ship transfer unit GAC Transfer Services (GTS), was in response to growing demand for LPG (liquid petroleum gas) imports and exports of clean products in the Indian Subcontinent.

Ship-to-ship (STS) equipment such as fenders and hoses will be stored at GAC’s base in the southern port of Galle, ready to be transported by tug to different locations according to demand and conditions, the statement said.

Lars Bergstrom, GAC Group Vice President – Indian Subcontinent, said the choice of Sri Lanka as the regional base for STS operations would help ship operators avoid incurring high costs or getting caught up in red tape.

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