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Managing Director of SLPA - Capt. Nihal Keppetipola (fourth from left), exchanges Plaques with Capt. Denis Kozak the Master of M.V. HANSA SONDERBURG while (from left) Mr. Saliya Senanayake - Group Director and Capt. Ajith Peiris - Group Managing Director of Ceyline Agencies (Pvt) Ltd., Capt. Ravi Jayawickrama - Harbour Master of SLPA, Mr. G.A. Talagala - Director (Operations) of SLPA, Mr. Jayantha Perera - Chief Operations  Manager (Cont. Ops.) of SLPA, Mr. Azad Rawdin - Owner's Representative, Capt. A. Hewavitharana - Snr. Dy. Harbour Master of SLPA, Mr. I.K. Gnanathilaka - Operations Manager (JCT)  of SLPA and Mr. Krishantha De Alwis - General Manager (Logistics) of Ceyline Agencies (Pvt) Ltd.,  look on.

Middle East-based SIMATECH Shipping, together with EVERGREEN and WANHAI launched a joint container service namely, East Africa (EAF) Service linking the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa, effective from 12th May, 2010. For this service, all three lines have deployed one vessel each with a carrying capacity of 1200 TEUs. The unique and inimitable feature of this service is that it will turn back at Colombo and as a result, all exports from Indian Sub Continent and Far East for East Africa will be transshipped via Colombo.

The inaugural vessel of the EAF service MV “HANSA SONDERBERG” operated by SIMATECH, called at Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on 5th June, 2010 and handled over 800 moves. It is expected to handle over 1000   moves per call at JCT. SIMATECH, WANHAI and EVERGREEN are exclusive customers of JCT and they have been patronizing JCT/SLPA for about twelve years now.


SIMATECH’s other services heavily contribute to the elevation of Colombo as the hub port of South Asia connecting Far East, South East Asia, Indian Subcontinent and Gulf cargoes. EAF service is the first service of SIMATECH into the African continent and this will be a stepping stone for further development of SIMATECH’s presence in Africa. The EAF Service will enhance SIMATECH’s overall service profile and provide customers with another selection of quality service.

A ceremony was held on board the vessel MV “HANSA SONDERBERG” in commemoration of the service’s inaugural call at the JCT of SLPA, on the 5th of June 2010. To mark the significance of this move to the SLPA, plaques were exchanged between the Managing Director  of SLPA Capt. Nihal Keppetipola and the Master of the vessel Capt. Denis Kozak in the presence of officials of SLPA and Messrs. SIMATECH Lanka SHIPPING (PVT) LTD., the local agent for MSC.  

Commenting at the Plaque Exchange ceremony Managing Director of SLPA Capt. Nihal Keppetipola stated "In terms of machinery and other resources, SLPA is well-equipped to handle the world's largest existing and planned container vessels and deliver unsurpassed standards of service and productivity to our customers. That is why more and more customers are coming under our wing with great confidence”. 

“This trend betokens a great future ahead of SLPA and I take this opportunity to convey to the SLPA workforce that we should never feel smug at our successes because success is not a destination, it is a never-ending journey. Therefore, we should never compromise on our service quality” he further said. 

The East Africa service (EAF) will be a 10 day caller with following port rotation: 
Colombo - Mombasa - Dar-Es-Salaam - Colombo.

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