Subject: Ships hub tip for Dili

Northern Territory News (Australia)

September 20, 2003 Saturday Ships hub tip for Dili


A shipping company has claimed Dili has the potential to become a regional "trans-shipment hub".

Tony Haritos, who owns Haritos Shipping based in Dili, said business was not booming in East Timor, but the groundwork was being laid for future development.

"I think Darwin-Dili runs will not increase in the short term, although they may increase when the railway comes and when industries develop in East Timor," he said. "But we would look at using Dili as a trans-shipment hub for other locations in the region."

Haritos Shipping's landing craft, Labitra Oktorisa, runs cargo from Darwin to Dili each week, as well as domestic runs in Timor.

Its cargo includes foodstuffs and fuel. "We are taking roughly 20 containers a week," Mr Haritos said.

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