Port of Colombo partners in SL Country Pavilion at Transport and Logistics Fair in Germany

Views - 89 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:15

The Port of Colombo through an exclusive delegation from Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), South Asia Gateway Terminals Ltd. (SAGT) and Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) partnered in the Sri Lanka Country Pavilion at the Transport

ambitious plans afoot to transform maritime sector

Views - 60 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:14

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said in view of the country’s recovery from the Easter Sunday explosions, the Government has embarked on ambitious plans to transform Sri Lanka into a vibrant maritime hub in the re

Hambantota Port attracts luxury cruise liner Europa 2

Views - 61 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:13

Hapag-Lloyd’s luxury cruise liner Europa 2 docked at the Hambantota International Port (HIP) last week for an overnight stay. Over 200 passengers from the cruise liner took advantage of the stopover, making day trips to Yala, Bundala, Udawalawe, Ka

Aitken Spence Maritime facilitates 1st cruise ship to call at SL ports following April attacks

Views - 59 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:06

The luxury cruise ship ‘MS Europa 2’, owned by German operator Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten Hamburg, recently called at the Ports of Hambantota and Colombo with 309 passengers and 356 crew onboard. Aitken Spence Maritime is the agent in Sri Lanka for

Walkers Colombo Shipyard launches ‘Ocean Lady’

Views - 233 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:01

‘Ocean Lady’, a 35 meter landing craft designed and constructed by Walkers Colombo Shipyard Ltd. (WCS), was launched at a simple ceremony held at its yard at Mutwal last Wednesday (5). Ocean Lady is the second landing craft built by WCS for Sanke

YoungShip Sri Lanka presents The CASA Youngship Open Quiz 2019

Views - 136 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Youngship Sri Lanka presents its latest event, an open quiz competition for the year 2019. The quiz would be conducted by the renowned International Quizzing Association (Sri Lanka branch) with an independent quiz master and judges. It would be held

HIP responds to medical emergency on the high seas

Views - 49 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Hambantota International Port (HIP) might be a relatively new destination on the world maritime map, but it is now becoming a safe haven for sailors in distress. Although Hambantota’s maritime connections go back centuries, its transformation from

Deploying energy to maritime business: CDPLC launches Rapid Response Afloat Repair Service

Views - 160 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Setting up to provide discerning ship owners and managers with fast response, reliable afloat repair service, while the ship is in port or anchorage, Sri Lanka’s pioneer ship building and ship repairing centre, the Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) offi

Colombo Dockyard represents Sri Lankan ship repair and shipbuilding at Sea Asia 2019, Singapore

Views - 93 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka’s pioneer shipbuilding and ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC participated at one of the leading international shipping exhibitions ‘Sea Asia 2019’ during 9-11 April in Singapore. Colombo Dockyard has been a regular parti

John Keells Logistics crowned for management excellence

Views - 68 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

John Keells Logistics Ltd. (JKLL), a premier third party logistics services provider (3PL) in Sri Lanka, was recognised as a ‘Company with Great Managers’ at the Great Manager Awards (2018), held recently at The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. Top th

Indian, Australian warships arrive in China for naval parade

Views - 29 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

QINGDAO (REUTERS): Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tens

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka reaches out to provinces

Views - 44 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT SL) which is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics, transport and supply chain industry in the country partnered with the department of manufacturing and in

US Navy ships arrive at Hambantota Port for CARAT exercise

Views - 90 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

United States Navy ships USNS Millinocket and USS Spruance arrived at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port on Thursday to kick off the 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series on 19 April. Director Naval Operations Com

World’s first price comparison website offering cross border shipping launches in Sri Lanka

Views - 1204 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

It ultimately comes down to what the customer requires when it comes to buying online. A customer requires the best deals and to get it shipped for the least cost. Online buyers have become smarter in making decisions based on the wide variety of cho

CMA CGM offers to buy full control of Ceva

Views - 75 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

PARIS/ZURICH (Reuters) : French shipping group CMA CGM has offered to buy full control of Swiss transport company Ceva Logistics, in which it is already a major shareholder, the companies said on Thursday. The plan for a voluntary buyout offer was an

Maersk – A.P. Moeller simplifying supply chains for over 25 years

Views - 83 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Ports and shipping lines share a very symbiotic relationship. It forms the bedrock of EXIM trade of any nation, thus enabling the global trade growth. For Maersk – A.P. Moeller, Sri Lanka has been a trading partner for over 25 years, working closel

IMO pushes ahead with tougher marine fuel rules

Views - 24 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): The United Nations shipping agency pushed back this week on any phased entry for tougher marine fuel rules and further tightened regulations that will come into force in 2020. The International Maritime Organisation will prohibit sh

Key CASA seminar on 1 Nov.

Views - 144 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

CASA, the voice of the shipping industry, will hold a seminar on ‘Professional Indemnity Cover for Shipping Agents and Service Providers to the Transport Industry’ on 1 November from 2:30 p.m. onwards at the auditorium of the Ceylon Chamber of Co

Iran seeks EU help as shipping giant CMA CGM pulls out fearing US sanctions

Views - 62 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France/LONDON (Reuters): One of the world’s biggest cargo shippers announced on Saturday that it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in US sanctions, and President Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries

GLS enters Lankan logistics market with Eagle

Views - 173 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

General Logistics Systems (GLS), one of the largest ground-based parcel delivery service providers in Europe started their business in Sri Lanka last week with their network partner Eagle Global Logistics Ltd. (EAGLEX), which is one of the group comp

Shipping Minister to power more ports development post-Hambantota deal

Views - 498 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, in a recent interview with the Daily FT, recapped the success of concluding the mega-lease deal of Hambantota Port, which he identified as critical, and outlined plans for the development of other p

Ocean Network Express commences calling JCT of SLPA

Views - 100 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

Ocean Network Express (ONE) commenced calling the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) with the handling of the inaugural vessel MV “Honolulu Bridge” v.100E recently this month. ONE is the ocean carrier formed with th

NIOE and ITC to conduct workshops on dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures

Views - 78 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

National Institute of Exports (NIOE) is the training arm of the National Chamber of Exporters and will spearhead training workshops to clarify issues. The NCE welcomes the enactment of the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Act and the Safeguard

Indonesia, India plan to develop strategic Indian Ocean port

Views - 47 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Jakarta (Reuters): Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defence and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta. Indo

SL and Korea sign MOU on cooperation in Aids to Navigation during visit of Minister Samarasinghe

Views - 81 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

The Minister of Ports and Shipping of Sri Lanka Mahinda Samarasinghe and the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea Kim Young-Choon signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Ports and Shipping of Sri Lanka and

Judges announced, it’s time to prepare for The Maritime Standard Awards 2018

Views - 35 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 will take place at iconic The Atlantis, the, Palm, Dubai, on Monday, 15 October. Clive Woodbridge, Editor of The Maritime Standard, and Chairman of the judging panel, says, “We are giving companies a bit of a hea

Gold Star Line announces upgraded service between China and Indonesia

Views - 36 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Gold Star Line will triple its container capacity to meet growing demand on an improved weekly service connecting major ports in China and Indonesia on existing CTI service due to upgraded vessel size from 2500 to 4000 TEU. This new CTI service will

Turkmenistan seeks to tap into East-West cargo flows with new $ 1.5 b seaport

Views - 28 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan (Reuters): Turkmenistan last week opened a new $1.5 billion cargo and passenger seaport on the Caspian Sea aiming to boost its export revenues by handling shipping traffic between Asia and Europe. The Central Asian country

DP World launches new passenger terminal in Cyprus

Views - 27 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Dubai-based global marine terminal operator DP World has launched a new cruise passenger terminal at its unit in Limassol, Cyprus. The new terminal at DP World Limassol was inaugurated by Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades; Minister of Transport, C

TCI Vice Chairman and MD Agrawal pays courtesy call to Colombo Dockyard

Views - 73 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

Colombo Dockyard had the privilege of a courtesy call from D.P. Agarwal, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Transport Corporation of India (TCI) on 4 May. A veteran in the transportation industry with more than 51 years experience, Agrawal he

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Doomsday experts and entrepreneurial policymaking

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Views of two economic experts caught my eye last week. While one has given a scathing criticism of the Government for its handling of the economy, the other has given an analysis of the so-called “debt problem” of Sri Lanka. Doomsday scenario by

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

In the backdrop of the $ 93 billion economy, Sri Lanka is wobbling with overall household consumption declining to 4.7% growth and GDP forecasted at 2.7%, which means Sri Lanka is in for tough times. In this backdrop the first candidate off the block

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Monday, 16 September 2019

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Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

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