STS base opens up in Sri Lanka

Feb 03 2012


GAC’s in-house ship-to-ship (STS) transfer concern GAC Transfer Services (GTS) has opened a new fully-equipped base in Sri Lanka.

GAC’s in-house ship-to-ship (STS) transfer concern GAC Transfer Services (GTS) has opened a new fully-equipped base in Sri Lanka.

The company said that this move was in response to the growing demand for LPG imports and exports of clean products in the Indian Subcontinent.

STS equipment, such as fenders and hoses, in accordance with industry standards, is stored at GAC’s base in Galle, which is strategically located at the southern tip of the island and is ready to be transported by tug to different locations, according to demand and conditions.

Experienced GTS operators work with their GAC Sri Lanka counterparts to take care of all local arrangements, such as government permits, clearances, storage and transportation.

Lars Bergstrom, GAC Group vice president – Indian Subcontinent, said the choice of Sri Lanka as the regional base for STS operations offered a logical solution for principals without incurring high costs, or getting caught up in red tape.

“India is a very important market with growing demand for STS, but there are logistical issues due to bureaucracy and high costs of locating there.

“Thanks to its proximity to that market and its key geographical position close to major east-west shipping lanes, Sri Lanka was a natural choice for the expansion of STS services to the region,” he explained.



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