Aug 09, 2012 (LBO) – Increasing demand for ship supply services off Sri Lanka has prompted GAC Sri Lanka, the local unit of the international shipping logistics group, to move into bigger offices in the ports of Trincomalee and Galle, a statement said. The new office in Galle is located near a new expressway connecting the southern port town with Colombo, which has sharply reduced transit time between the harbour and the island;s international airport.
“The strategic location of Galle port at the southern tip of the country offers an excellent base for offshore ship supply services,” said Preethilal Fernando, chief executive of GAC Sri Lanka.
“Demand for such services is set to grow as the government opens up more areas for oil and gas exploration.”
Cairn India has struck oil and gas in the northwestern Mannar Basin and GAC is providing support services for the exploration programme.
GAC Sri Lanka provides ship agency services including crew transfers and supplying food and other provisions as well as spares for ships passing Galle which is close to the main East-West shipping route across the Indian Ocean.
It also handles all types of port calls and provides logistics services for infrastructure projects needing movement of hea