Seafood exporters assured uninterrupted fuel supply

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda yesterday 3 said, he has taken necessary action for an uninterrupted fuel distribution to seafood exporters through the Lanka IOC.

Minister Devananda recently met Lanka IOC Managing Director Manoj Gupta, Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala and representatives of the Seafood Exporters Association of Sri Lanka (SEASL) at the Fisheries Ministry in Maligawatta, Colombo to discuss the fuel shortage seafood exporters are facing.

The meeting was called by Minister Devananda after exporters complained that the supply of fuel has been delayed despite having paid the required amount of dollars to Lanka IOC.

Gupta told Devananda that the distribution of fuel was delayed due to the shortage of bowsers. He pledged that necessary action will be taken to send fuel to seafood exporters within ten days and that proper plans will be implemented very soon to ensure an uninterrupted fuel supply.

He also provided the contact numbers of relevant officials to the exporters for further inquiries. Gupta also told the exporters that if they can provide bowser facilities, the IOC will be able to provide fuel without delay.

By Naalir Jamaldeen