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Ceyline charters UL flight to conduct Indian marine crew changes

Ceyline Group, a diversified Marine Services Group and the leading marine crew recruitment and Management Company in Sri Lanka chartered a SriLankan Airlines A320 aircraft to transfer Indian seafarers from Cochin to Colombo yesterday. The Indian seafarers will join ships off the Port of Galle.

Sri Lanka post COVID19, opened for crew changes on June 1, 2020, coming to the aid of the Global Marine Industry whilst generating much required foreign exchange earnings to the country. This initiative gained momentum with the support of the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority General (Rtd) Daya Ratnayake, who was quick to identify the call of the global marine industry, the benefits for local shipping agents and the new job opportunities for Sri Lankan seafarers.

This UL flight is the first Sri Lankan flight chartered for marine crew transfers since the country opened for crew changes. All other flights have been Indian carriers such as Indigo and SpiceJet, chartered by Indian shipping companies.

Captain Ajith Peiris the Chairman of Ceyline Group stated “when the President approved crew changes to be conducted in Sri Lanka, he made a request to the Industry that the State owned SriLankan Airlines is used for seafarer transfers wherever possible. Therefore, we thought we would honor that request. Ceyline is proud to be the first Sri Lankan shipping company to charter the national carrier for marine crew transfers and we hope others too will soon follow suit”.

“Ceyline will have weekly UL flights to Cochin, with the introduction of special chartered flights to Dubai and Singapore in future. We have got the support of two leading Shipping Associations in India to make this venture a success. Our sincere gratitude goes to Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage and the members of the COVID19 Presidential task force, Ashok Pathirage and the SriLankan Airlines staff and Capt. Themiya Abeywickrema and the members of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, who gave us their fullest support in making this flight a success. Ceyline remains committed to supporting the national carrier,” stated Mevan Peiris, the Director Business Development at Ceyline.

The next UL flight chartered by Ceyline Travels the travel arm of the Group will be on June 26 to Cochin.


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