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Crew Change Operations

Maritime Service

Crew Change Operations
Services in Sri Lanka


Since implementing restrictions and border closures to combat the spread of Covid-19, Ceyline Maritime’s crew change expertise has come to the fore. Our round-the-clock crew changing service support for ship owners, managers, and operators ensure crew signing off or on has the smoothest, safest, and most comfortable transfers possible.

Support with visas, travel, and associated procedures, all within relevant Covid-19 guidelines, making sure every changeover goes without a hitch. If necessary, we can even help arrange swab tests (some with rapid results), transportation to and from test centers, related documentation, and liaison with authorities.

Ceyline Maritime can facilitate the transport of crew changes utilizing its dedicated fleet of vessels. These operations combine with the services offered by other sister companies under the Ceyline Group of Companies which is the largest shipping group in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, we strictly abide by the International Maritime Organisation’s framework of protocols and guidelines issued by the Ministries of Health and Defense.

The location of Hambantota International Harbour, as well as its environs, provides an exceptional site for crew changes

  • Mattala International airport is a 15-minutes’ drive
  • Can reach safe house within 5 minutes
  • Boat facility for outer anchorage crew changes
  • Hassle-free well-organized procedures

The strategic importance of Sri Lanka’s geographical location at the southernmost tip of the Indian Ocean has encouraged the international maritime and aviation industry players to choose the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) as a destination for global ship crew changes.

Crew change services from Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) for global shipping are gathering pace amid a Coronavirus crisis. Covid-19 has paralyzed supply chains and the movement of people, but nowhere has the disruption been starker than on the issue of crew changes.

crew change operations in sri lanka

Port restrictions and the global lockdown have stifled crew mobility. Ship operators have found themselves unable to repatriate seafarers in the usual manner. As a result, crew members have had to remain on ships beyond their contracted period. Others have been unable to join their ships. The strain on the world’s seafarers is hard to imagine. At this juncture, Ceyline Maritime and the island’s ports are working together to help ships change crew while many airports are closed around the world.

Further, Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) offers all nine air freedoms to any foreign airline operating in and out of MRIA without restrictions whatsoever. In addition, Sri Lanka has slashed landing fees and boarding charges at the Mattala to draw more airlines.

Ceyline Maritime can make all the necessary arrangements and take every precautionary measure to facilitate the seafarers’ arrival and transferring process as per the guidelines of the Sri Lanka health authorities.

Why You Need a Crew Change

  • Crew whose employment contract has expired
  • The additional crew on board whose sign-off would not affect the safe manning of the ship
  • Change of crew due to the sale or purchase of a ship
  • Personnel who are not part of the ship’s crew, such as superintendents and service engineers
  • Compassionate grounds, e.g., death of a family member
  • The crew is no longer medically fit to work onboard the ship

Contact Us

We Cover All Commercial Ports in Sri Lanka

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Colombo (Head Office)

No 01, Alfred House Avenue,
Colombo 00300.


07th Floor, Hambantota Maritime Center, Mirijjawila, Hambantota.


No 348, Ceyline Maritime Services PVT Ltd, Galle Road, Megalle.


No.01, Thulasipura,

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Maritime Services FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ports under Sri Lanka Ports Authority?

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is the state-owned operator of major commercial ports in Sri Lanka. Founded in 1979, SLPA currently operates ports in Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, Kankesanthurai, Oluvil, Point Pedro, and Trincomalee.

Is Sri Lanka now Open for foreign national crew changes?

Yes. Sri Lanka is now open for a foreign national crew change with the assistance and preview of the Sri Lankan government and PPP. (Private Public Partnership) Vessels arriving in Sri Lanka after cargo discharged/load or bunkering at any seaport in India are allowed for a crew change.

However, if any vessel entering after embarking Seafarers in India, then crew disembarkation in Sri Lanka will not be permitted.

All seafarers can arrive or depart only via charter flights, and foreign crew embarkation & disembarkation via commercial flights are still NOT permitted in Sri Lanka.

All seafarers must carry out PCR tests at the respective Isolation Centers (ICs) on arrival and be permitted to leave to join ship or flight only after receiving a negative PCR report.

No Shore Passes will be issued.

Are there any restrictions on the crew who embarked from COVID -19 high-risk countries or specific nationalities?

Unfortunately, commercial flights are yet to commence from Sri Lanka. Special Charter flights are operating from Manila / Doha to and from Sri Lanka, allowing the seafarer movement.

Are commercial flights available to / from Sri Lanka?

Unfortunately commercial flights are yet to be operated from , to Sri Lanka. Special Charter flights are operating from, to Manila / Doha to, from Sri Lanka allowing the seafarer movement.

Can Provisions supply be arranged in Sri Lanka at any port?

Yes. All ports and OPL in Colombo, Trincomalee, Hambantota, and Galle Port

What are the Ports where CMS Operates?

All major ports in Sri Lanka. Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee and Hambantota.