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FPS goes weekly to Maldives

[ July 18, 2012   //   ]

Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) Lanka has launched a weekly ocean consolidation service from Sri Lanka to key points in the Maldives Islands, which lie to the south of India.

The Maldives – comprising several atolls and hundreds of small islands – provide many challenges for shipping, due to the widely-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 Colombo port, via the Maldives capital of Male, to all main islands and locations including Hithadhoo, the Gan Islands, Kuludhufushi, Thiladhanmathee, Felidhe and Mulaku among many others. Onforwarding to final destination is within three days of arrival in Male Port, using a variety of local boat- (‘Dhoni’), barge- and landing craft operators.

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

FPS Lanka MD Gihan Nanayakkara says: “Many developments such as hotels and infrastructure projects are taking place across the Maldives

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