HR Lines introduces two more vessels on Colombo-Chattogram route


Bangladesh’s only container ship owner and operator HR Lines Limited, a Karnaphuli company, has introduced two more vessels to its Colombo-Chattogram Express (CCE) service under agency of Clarion Shipping (Pvt.) Limited, a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited. 

The two additional vessels: HR Farha and HR Aarai, increases the frequency between Colombo and Chattogram, Bangladesh, to a twice-weekly shuttle service, enhancing regional and global connectivity for trade partners. 
These two vessels will join the inaugural vessels of the CCE service, HR Sarera and HR Sahare, each vessel having a capacity of 1,500 TEUs.

Commenting on the launch of the new vessels, Clarion Shipping (Pvt.) Ltd Director/CEO Tharanga Perera said, “The addition of HR Farha and HR Aarai to the CCE service and the resultant increase in service frequency, will further improve trade between Bangladesh and three major transhipment hubs: Singapore, Port Klang and Colombo. This addition goes in line with the government’s aspirations of establishing Sri Lanka as a regional logistics hub and we are happy to be a contributor towards achieving this vision.”

Meanwhile, HR Lines Managing Director Raimah Chowdhury stated, “As committed during the launch of the CCE service in April 2021, we are delighted to have added two more vessels within five months of inaugurating our service. These new additions will provide even faster and more reliable shuttles between the two destinations.” 
Karnaphuli Limited Director Hamdan Chowdhury said, “This move further strengthens the relationship between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and aligns with our group’s vision to be a premier container vessel owner and operator in the region.”

Headquartered in Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka, HR Lines is part of Karnaphuli Group, a diversified business house with interests in marketing, distribution, financial services, general insurance, telecommunications, print and electronic media, aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, shipping and logistics. HR Lines is working towards expanding its connectivity in regional transhipment hubs with more routes and increases in tonnage being 
actively considered.

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