Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Forwarder Opens New Freight Consolidation to Paradise

Weekly Groupage to Key Island Ports
Shipping News Feature

MALDIVES- SRI LANKA – Freight forwarders Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) Lanka, a member of the FPS global network, has launched a weekly ocean consolidation service from Sri Lanka to key shipping ports throughout the Maldives Islands. The Maldives consist of hundreds of small islands that all provide many difficulties when it comes to shipping due to the varying and restricted port facilities. Vessel drafts are generally very limited, yard space is severely restricted and discharge facilities are often rudimentary.

The new FPS service operates from the company’s bonded consolidation facility in the Port of Male, capital of the Maldives, to all main islands and locations including Hithadhoo, Gan Islands, Kuludhufushi, Thiladhanmathee, Felidhe and Mulaku among many others. On-forwarding to final destination is undertaken within three days of arrival in Male Port, using a variety of local boat- (“Dhoni”), barge- and landing craft operators. FPS Lanka’s Gihan Nanayakkara said:

“Many developments such as hotels and infrastructure projects are taking place across the Maldives, and are additionally creating considerable supporting traffic in general merchandise. This service provides an attractive, highly cost-effective new transport option for freight agents and their customers in the Indian subcontinent and further afield. With our vast experience in this market, and our well-established reputation for groupage services, we anticipate strong demand.”

The service includes Customs clearance and documentation in Male, on-forwarding to islands within 3 days of arrival, discharge and delivery to consignee. Customers can also track their shipments online.