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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Tamil UNP Member of Parliament denies of any involvement in the import of any air craft spare parts for any one

Colombo, 16 January, (Asiantribune.com): T.Maheswaran, the Tamil Member of Parliament belonging to the opposition United National Party, representing the Colombo electoral district, strongly denied of any involvement in the import of any air craft spare parts for anyone, into the country, as alleged. T.Maheswaran MP clarified that he purchased ‘Brithian MV’  which sailed under Pnanama flag for US $1 million. T.Maheswaran MP clarified that he purchased ‘Brithian MV’ which sailed under Pnanama flag for US $1 million.

The Tamil MP clarified that he purchased ‘Brithian MV’ which sailed under Pnanama flag for US $1 million and not for US$36 million as reported in the Sri Lanka’s print and electronic media.

The Member of Parliament, who is a general trader in Colombo involved in the whole sale business of groceries and other import items, said that he acquired the new ship from the Danish owners and the ship is capable of carrying a cargo of 1,500 MT dead weight.

Maheswaran told that after winning his parliamentary election in Colombo, he has closed down all his business in Jaffna and has establish wholesale business in Colombo where there are more than 150 people working in his trading business.

He said that this was his second ship and the first ship ‘Jans Clipper MV’ is already chartered by the Sri Lanka Government to ferry goods and food items to the restive Jaffna Peninsula. He told that already there are more than eight cargo ships belonging to Sinhalese owners are under the charter of the Sri Lanka Government for transporting food and other items to Jaffna.

According to Maheswaran, he bought ‘Brithian MV’ Danish built ship from Danish owners and the ship was delivered in Colombo on 7th of January to him by the owners. The Danish Captain and 16 Vietnamese crew members came on the voyage from Durban to Colombo and the Vietnamese crew members have already signed off in Colombo.

When explaining Maheswaran said that Danish Captain has failed to declare some of the old spare parts and other garbage that were dumped in cargo bay of the ship, to the customs when it berthed in the Colombo harbor.

Maheswaran further said that the ship was technically not his own until all the customs and immigration formalities were over by the ship Captain and the crew which represented the old owners handed over to him the ship without any encumbrances. He added that he queried the ship captain why he failed to declare the old spare parts which also included an old tail of an aircraft which is flown without engines in Europe, which actually was a piece of iron block about 3 feet in width and 6 feet in height.

He said that the Captain of the ship told him that he did not bother to declare all those old and rusted spare parts that were left over in the cargo bay by the old owners, as they were all garbage which are to be discarded for scraps.

Maheswaran said that he has by now registered his second ship in Sri Lanka and it would sail under Sri Lankan flag and already a crew of 16 sailors – all Sinhalese have been appointed. He said even in his first ship the entire ship crew are Sinhalese sailors.

In conclusion he added that even the newly acquired ship is now ready either for government or private charter for ferrying cargoes.

- Asian Tribune -

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