Bangladesh’s HR Lines to launch Colombo-Chattogram feeder service

Bangladesh’s container ship operator HR Lines Ltd. will be launching the Colombo-Chattogram feeder service on 4 April 2021, in partnership with Clarion Shipping (Pvt.) Ltd., a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Ltd. The operation will commence with two of the newest container vessels to be added to the fleet of HR Lines – MV HR Hera and MV HR Rhea – with a capacity of 1,454 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) each.

The Colombo-Chattogram Express service expands Colombo’s transshipment connectivity to Bangladesh with a fixed-day, weekly service. With Colombo being the only deep-water port in the South Asian region that can accommodate even the largest VLCC vessels, the need for frequent transshipment connections to regional ports has increased in recent times. Taking advantage of its strength and stature in the field of shipping and logistics, Hayleys Advantis has constantly worked towards building capability across the region to help position Sri Lanka as a regional logistics hub.

Commenting on the planned launch of the new service, Clarion Shipping Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tharanga Perera said: “This goes in line with the Government’s aspirations of establishing Sri Lanka as a regional logistics hub, and frequent transshipment connections of this nature will enable Colombo to attract more large vessels in the coming years. Our aim is to help establish Colombo as the largest transshipment cargo hub for the Asian region.”

Meanwhile, HR Lines Director Hamdan Hossain Chowdhury stated: “HR Lines will launch two more ships in August 2021, each with a capacity of 1,550 TEUs, which will also be deployed on the Colombo-Chattogram Express service, upgrading it to a twice-a-week service.”