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 Sri Lanka has potential to be maritime and bunkering hub


Sri Lanka could become a maritime hub to rival Singapore, according to a ship management company.

Rob Grool, a senior official with Seaspan Ship Management Ltd (SSML), said bunkering, crew exchange and providing repairs were all areas that could be developed.

Grool, who is president, fleet management, with SSML, mentioned the ports of Colombo, Hambantota and Galle.

He said Sri Lanka was close to major shipping lanes and that the country's authorities had rightly identified the maritime sector as one that should be developed.

Grool was speaking at a forum in Colombo last week. His remarks were quoted by the local news provider Daily News.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has been overseeing major development projects, especially in Hambantota in the south of the country.

Construction on the new port began in 2008 and remains ongoing. Moves to startbunkering operations have been repeatedly put back.

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