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Perfect vision is key in development of Eastern Container Terminal: Sagala

Views - 36 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:24

The completion of the next phase of the Eastern Container Terminal (ECT), the evolution of the Galle, Trincomalee and KKS Ports, and enabling the smart port technology at the Colombo Port, are the basic priorities which leads the progress of the Sri

CILT conducts successful roadshow at Dart Global

Views - 245 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:20

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held their fifth roadshow to drive membership on 24 July at the Dart Global office in Colombo 15. CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, HA Premarathna FCILT and Cumar R

Sajitha and Mario excel at Sri Lanka Logistics Leadership Awards

Views - 36 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:19

Mario Fonseka was awarded the CEO of the Year in Logistics Sector and Sajitha De Mel was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year Award in Logistics at the fourth Sri Lanka Logistics Leadership Awards. The event was graced by Member of Parliament Sujee

Sri Lanka hosts first IORA Maritime Safety and Security Working Group meeting

Views - 22 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:18

Sri Lanka, last week, hosted the first meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Maritime Safety and Security Working Group (MSSWG) in Colombo. This meeting finalised the work plan for two years, advancing the IORA Action Plan (2017-21) with

Shanghai tops ranking of world’s best-connected ports

Views - 30 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:18

China’s Shanghai port took the title of the world’s best-connected port, according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) 2019 ranking, released on 7 August. The Chinese port garnered a connectivity score of 134 points

Sri Lanka Ports Authority celebrates 40th anniversary

Views - 50 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Ports Authority celebrated its 40th anniversary on 1 August. The official commemoration program was held at the Chaithya premises with the initiative of Minister of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka. Following religi

Goodrich wins major logistics award

Views - 47 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Goodrich Maritime, an ISO 9001-2008 certified major company in shipping and logistics business, was awarded as the Most Versatile Shipping and Logistics Company at the recently concluded Sri Lanka Brand Leadership Awards, held at Hotel Taj Samudra in

Jinadasa Group exits logistics industry with sale of Califolink

Views - 44 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Califolink Logistics (CLL), the logistics arm of the Jinadasa Group, was recently acquired for an undisclosed sum by Ceyline Holdings. The integrated logistics company, which has a strong presence in Sri Lanka, has been an effective and reliable part

WiLAT Sri Lanka delegation attends CILT Centenary International Convention in Manchester

Views - 152 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

The Annual International Convention of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) was held from 16-18 June in The Midlands Hotel, Manchester, UK. CILT marked their Centenary milestone in this year’s convention. Manchester is a city with

CILT Sri Lanka delegation attends the Centenary International Convention in Manchester

Views - 232 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

The annual International Convention of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which is a much-awaited global gathering of logistics and transport professionals in the CILT international calendar, was held from 16-18 June at the Mi

DP World to build $ 1.2 b port, logistics park in Indonesia

Views - 64 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

UAE-based DP World, a global operator of shipping terminals, said it has signed two preliminary agreements with Indonesia’s leading conglomerate Maspion Group for the development of a $ 1.2 billion port and industrial logistics park in East Java. I

Colombo International Logistics Conference to kick-start this week

Views - 123 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The first ever Colombo International Logistics Conference (CILC) will be launched on Wednesday in line with the 40th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Over 400 delegates and speakers will grace the occasion and will be joined by in

The Telegraph UK apologies to Masakorala

Views - 426 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

Amid many conspiracy theories and news broadcast about a consignment of a shipment of waste to Sri Lanka, the UK-based Telegraph had published a damaging report sighting Shipper’s Academy Colombo CEO Rohan Masakorala, a frequent guest columnist on debuts to promote Lankan manufacturers

Views - 209 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

Ocean Trade & Logistics Ltd., one of the leading logistics companies in the island, has turned over a new leaf in the export market by launching a website ( for direct exports from Sri Lanka. The website enables local manufacturers to

Singapore tops International Shipping Centre Development Index

Views - 288 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

Singapore has topped the 2019 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index for the sixth year running. The index provides an independent ranking of the performance of the world’s largest cities that offer port and shipping busines

Boeing takes $ 4.9 billion charge for prolonged grounding of 737 MAX planes

Views - 33 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

SEATTLE (Reuters): Boeing Co. said on Thursday it would take an after-tax charge of $ 4.9 billion in the second quarter on estimated disruptions from the prolonged grounding of its lucrative 737 MAX passenger jets after two deadly crashes. The charge

British Airways, Lufthansa suspend flights to Cairo for seven days

Views - 27 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

CAIRO (Reuters): British Airways and Lufthansa abruptly suspended flights to Cairo from Saturday over security concerns, but giving no details about what may have prompted the move. “We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airport

Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Views - 229 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director

Kuwait Airways beefs up Airbus A320 fleet; signs Code Share deal with Turkish Airlines

Views - 39 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

National carrier Kuwait Airways is set to receive next month between five to six Airbus A320 aircraft as part of the airline’s plan to provide quality services to its clientele. Kuwait Airways will own a total of 28 Airbus A320 by next year, its C

Global air freight volumes remain weak

Views - 35 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

IATA’s May data for global air freight markets shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 3.4% in May when compared to May 2018, a slight improvement on the 5.6% contraction in April. In seasonally-adjusted terms,

Britain calls ship seizure ‘hostile act’ as Iran releases video of capture

Views - 37 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters): Britain on Saturday denounced Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a “hostile act” and rejected Tehran’s explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident. Iran

EFL becomes first Sri Lankan company to acquire membership in Green Freight Asia

Views - 84 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), leading integrated global logistics solutions provider, Expolanka Freight Ltd. (EFL) announced its inclusion into the membership in Green

New CASA Chairman Cuttilan outlines way forward

Views - 585 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) held its 53rd Annual General Meeting on 12 July at the Kingsbury. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Ports and Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka. The event was also graced by Sr

Kuwait moves to protect its ports amid Gulf tensions

Views - 34 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:02

CAIRO (Reuters): Kuwait’s navy and ports authority will prepare security plans to protect the key OPEC exporter’s ports, state news agency KUNA said on Saturday, amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West. A joint cooperation protocol was

SLFFA elects new team

Views - 351 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:02

The Sri Lanka Logistics and Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA) held its 38th Annual General Meeting on 5 July at the Colombo Hilton Residences. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Expolanka International Ltd. Founder/President, Expolanka Hold

WISTA holds 5th Annual General Meeting

Views - 86 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:58

The Sri Lankan arm of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) held its Annual General Meeting at The Kingsbury Hotel recently, electing Office Bearers for the year 2019/20. Ports and Shipping and Southern Development Min

Merchant ships urged to avoid using private armed teams in Mideast Gulf

Views - 71 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:57

LONDON (Reuters): Shipping companies sailing through the Middle East Gulf are being urged to avoid having private armed security guards onboard as the risk of escalation in the region rises, industry associations say. Relations between Iran and the

Hutchison’s new Mexico terminal starts operations

Views - 38 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:56

Mexico’s new Specialised Container Terminal (TEC) built and operated by Hutchison Ports-Icave in the new port of Veracruz started operations recently. The start of operations were marked with the arrival of the CMA CGM 6,500 TEU White Shark box shi

US freight volumes shrink as world economy stalls

Views - 33 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:56

LONDON (Reuters): Freight volumes in the US and around the world are falling, signalling tougher times for manufacturers amid escalating trade tensions and heightened uncertainty. Freight volumes in the US were up by just 0.8% in the three months fr

SLFFA’s new Chairman Roshan shows way forward for freight, logistics industry

Views - 561 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

I am humbled and privileged to stand here before you today, as your newly elected Chairman. I am honoured to join a very distinguished group of people whom I admire, and who have steered this association to greater heights. Before we aspire to the f

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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

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Friday, 16 August 2019

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