Luxury passenger vessel MS Le Laperouse calls Colombo with 258 onboard
The luxury passenger vessel MS Le Laperouse carrying 145 passengers and 113 crew made its maiden call at the Port of Colombo on Friday, December 21, 2018. In order to mark her maiden call at the Port of Colombo’s Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) controlled terminal, a plaque exchange was held onboard between the Habour Master of SLPA, Capt. Nirmal Silva and the Master of the vessel, Capt.Florion Richard amidst a special delegation of invitees from the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka with the initiative of Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Master of the vessel Capt. Florion Richard at the ceremony stated that the visit to Sri Lanka with the vessel and all its passengers onboard was a very good and appreciative opportunity for a cultural exchange between France and Sri Lanka.
MS Le Laperouse built in Norway, is one of the most luxurious vessels of a fleet of six belonging to France’s COMPAGNIE DU PONANT, the cruise arm of one of the world’s largest container shipping line CMA CGM. A subsidiary of the blue chip conglomerate, Hayleys Group, CMA CGM Lanka Pvt. Ltd.; acts as the local agent for the vessel.
Expressing views onboard Le Laperouse at its maiden call at the Port of Colombo, Capt. Nirmal Silva, Harbour Master of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said that there was no doubt that her passengers would have one of their most enjoyable visits in Colombo and suburbs during their voyage in Sri Lanka. He further remarked that with timely concerns towards boosting the industry of tourism in Sri Lanka and with the implementation of the master plan to develop the Port of Colombo, future passenger vessels at the port will have a fully-fledged state-of-the-art terminal with all modern facilities for quicker and uplifted services.
Speaking at the occasion of the plaque ceremony onboard MS Le Laperouse, Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director of Hayles Advantis Limited said that this was a winning opportunity to welcome the luxurious vessel, its passengers, the Captain, staff and crew in this beautiful island, at a time several international trip advisors had rated Sri Lanka as the number one and the best place to visit on earth.
“The local agents CMA CGM Lanka together with Hayleys Group are enthusiastic in supporting the ongoing tourist promotion initiatives,” he said.
Director (Logistics, Marketing and Business Development) of SLPA, Upul Jayatissa; General Manager of CMA CGM Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., Uminda Dunuwille; Deputy General Manager of CMA CGM Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., Kalinga Seneviratne; Director, CMA CGM Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., Ikram Ghazali and representatives from the South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt.) Ltd. of the Port of Colombo were also present at the occasion of welcome and plaque ceremony of the vessel at the Port of Colombo.