The Association comprising representatives from eleven international shipping lines responsible for the carriage of over 70 per cent of Sri Lanka’s container traffic, Sri Lanka Association of Vessel Operators (SLAVO), convened their 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 4 August at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.
Shamal Perera representing MSC was re-elected as Chairman of the Association, whilst Arjuna Hettiarachchi representing X-Press Feeders and Gemunu Rodrigo from BTL were elected as Vice Chairman and Honorary Treasurer respectively.
SLAVO established in 1995 is an Association that was set up to represent the interests of international shipping lines, here in Sri Lanka. Thereby SLAVO is the voice of the principals, who are important customersof the Ports in Sri Lanka. It is the objective of the Association to liaise and work with authorities, government entities and all other stakeholders in the maritime industry to ensure these international shipping lines can operate efficiently and enhance their business in Sri Lanka.These shipping lines whilst facilitating exports and importsof Sri Lanka, utilize the Port of Colombo as a transshipment hub, which generate much required foreign exchange into the country and employment for Sri Lankans.
“The key stakeholders in the maritime industry both private and public, should listen to the voice of the principals, who are their key customers, in order to exploit our strategic location and make Sri Lanka a true maritime hub” stated Shamal Perera. “The industry needs stability in the public sector especially at the ministry, sosolutions can be implementedto some of the issues and business can be developed further” he stated citing the constant changes in Port officials and Ministers.
SLAVO members also include Marius Gomez (ex-co member) from Transworld Feeders, Saliya Senanayake (ex-co member) from Feedertech, Nikhil D’Lima from Maersk Line, Stuart Zhu from OOCL, Rio Gen from Evergreen Line, Mevan Peiris from Global Feeder Shipping, Samitha Perera from Far Shipping, Anuradha Forbes from Straight Orient Lines and Asmara Hamin as Secretary.