HR Lines introduces two more vessels on the Colombo-Chattogram Route

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021
FT HR Lines introduces two more vessels on the Colombo-Chattogram Route

Bangladesh’s only container ship owner and operator, HR Lines Limited, a Karnaphuli Company, has introduced two more vessels to its Colombo-Chattogram Express (CCE) service under agency of Clarion Shipping (Pvt) Limited, a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited. The two additional vessels: HR FARHA and HR AARAI, increase the frequency between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Chattogram, Bangladesh,to a twice-weekly shuttle service, enhancing regional and global connectivity for trade partners. 

These two vessels will join the inaugural vessels of the CCE service, HR SARERA and HR SAHARE, each vessel having a capacity of 1,500TEUs. Commenting on the launch of the new vessels, Director/CEO of Clarion Shipping (Pvt) Ltd Tharanga Perera said, “The addition of HR FARHA and HR AARAI to the CCE service and the resultant increase in service frequency, will further improve trade betweenBangladesh and three major transhipment hubs: Singapore, Port Klang and Colombo. 

This addition goes in line with the Government’s aspirations of establishing Sri Lanka as a regional logistics hub, and we are happy to be a contributor towards achieving this vision.” Meanwhile, Managing Director of HR Lines, Raimah Chowdhury,said, “As committed during the launch of the CCE service in April 2021, we are delighted to have added two more vessels within five months of inaugurating our service. 

These new additions will provide even faster and more reliable shuttles between the two destinations”. Director of Karnaphuli Limited, Hamdan Chowdhury said, “This move further strengthens the relationship between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and aligns with our Group’s vision to be a premier container vessel owner and operator in the region.” 

Headquartered in Dhaka, HR Lines is a part of Karnaphuli Group, a diversified business house with interests in marketing, distribution, financial services, general insurance, telecommunications, print and electronic media, aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, shipping and logistics. HR Lines is working towards expanding its connectivity in regional transhipment hubs with more routes and increases in tonnage being actively considered.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021

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