A market opportunity:
Maldives Boat Show 2009
The High Commissioner for the
Maldives, Ali Hussain Didi.
Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe
The Maldives International Boat Show 2009 will be a market
opportunity for local boat manufacturers. It will also be a platform to
promote tourism between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, High Commissioner
for the Maldives Ali Hussain Didi told the boat show launching ceremony
The show will be held for the third consecutive year from October
12-14 at the Dharubaaruge Exhibition Centre in Male.
"The Maldives has a huge requirement for boats for transport purposes
as the country's mode of transportation is boats. Sri Lanka could
capture the boat market and be the main supplier. There is an untapped
potential and demand", he said.
Trade between the two countries remains the same for over the past
decades. Steps need to be taken to increase the trade volumes. Sri Lanka
exports groceries to the Maldives and the Maldives exports fish to Sri
Lanka. "The two countries could benefit from trade and tourism. The Boat
Show will be a facilitater this", he said.
The Boat Show is organized by the Maldives Exhibition and Conference
Services in association with the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce
and Industry and the Liveaboard Association of Maldives.
The event organizers expect over 60 companies to take part in the
boat show. There will be nearly 150 trade stalls. South Africa, Sri
Lanka, India and Turkey will have country pavilions. This would be one
of the largest exhibitions to be held in Maldives.
Colombo Port expansion project a boost to shipping industry - CASA
The Colombo Port expansion project will be a boost to the Sri Lanka's
shipping industry and is the most important project to uplift the
facilities. It is now under way and making good progress, Chairman
Ceylon Association of Ships' Agents (CASA) Nimal Ranchigoda told the
43rd Annual General Meeting of CASA held in Colombo recently.
Under the expansion project the reclaiming of the breakwater and
contractor's working area approximately 9.08 million cubic meters have
been completed. 660 meters of the construction of the rock core of the
breakwater has also been completed. The tender which was closed in mid
July attracted only one bidder namely Aitken Spence Plc., and China
Merchant Holdings International of Hong Kong, he said.
The technical proposal has been accepted, evaluated and conforms to
the cabinet negotiating committee (CNC) for approval. The financial bid
was opened in end July, he said.
On behalf of the entire membership of CASA I congratulate President
Mahinda Rajapaksa for winning the war against terrorism.
We also congratulate and express our sincere thanks to the Secretary,
Ministry of Defence and the 3 Service Commanders and all those who paid
the supreme sacrifice for our motherland, he said.
The CASA membership stands at 103 member agencies with a few
companies having had to resign due to lack of business resulting from
this economic downturn. Today the shipping lines are in dire straits
financially and are looking at all the ports worldwide to reduce their
costs on a temporary measure to help the shipping lines to reduce their
losses, he said. The CASA Executive Committee and a few other senior
members of CASA visited the Hambantota Port Development project site
accompanied by the Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority last month and we
were very impressed with the development of this project since the
commencement of phase one on January 8, 2008.
The presentation made by the Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority,
with Janaka Kurukulasooriya- Chief Engineer Southern Port Development
was very informative.
Asian Shippers' Council annual meeting
||John Y Lu
The fifth annual meeting of the Asian Shippers' Council will be held
today in Colombo. Minister of Ports and Aviation Chamal Rajapaksa will
be the chief guest. This is the first annual meeting of the Asian
Shippers' Council to be held in Sri Lanka.
The three-day meeting which concludes on August 15 and this will be a
platform to position the country as a maritime hub in the region.