Shipping / Aviation

SLPA wins second consecutive GPF Ports Authority of the Year 2019 award

Views - 16 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) won the Ports Authority of the Year 2019 Award by the Global Ports Forum (GPF) for the second consecutive year at the GPF awards ceremony 2019 followed by the conference forum held at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Deira, 


Hat- trick for team SAGT at Global Ports Forum in Dubai

Views - 16 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) enhanced its Portfolio of Awards by winning the title of ‘Best Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent Region’ presented by the Singapore based Global Ports Forum for the third consecutive year. SAGT also won a se


Sagala assures to fast track port development plans

Views - 119 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday assured that all maritime development plans will be accelerated, while outlining some of the key projects in progress. “I assure that no plans of the ports and shipping se


Ports Ministry returns Oluvil port to Fisheries Ministry

Views - 10 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

After much evaluation, the Ports and Shipping Ministry yesterday announced that they have decided to transfer the Oluvil port in the Eastern province back to the Fisheries Ministry to develop it as a fisheries harbour. “At a lengthy discussion we h


DHL Express Sri Lanka opens new Express Centre at Union Place

Views - 22 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

DHL Express, one of the world’s leading international express services provider, has officially opened its newest Express Centre at Union Place, Colombo. The new Centre caters to the high demand expected from this locality, and customers can access


SriLankan Engineering successfully completes first C-check on A320neo aircraft

Views - 22 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:17

SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of Sri Lanka’s national carrier, achieved another milestone when it successfully carried out its first C-check on an Airbus A320neo aircraft of the SriLankan Airlines fleet a


Emirates signs deal for 40 A330-900s, 30 A350-900s

Views - 15 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:17

Emirates airline last week announced an order for 40 A330-900 aircraft, and 30 A350-900 aircraft, in a heads of agreement signed with Airbus. The deal is worth $ 21.4 billion at list prices. The latest generation Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft, wil


Global air freight demand ends 2018 with 3.5% growth

Views - 8 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:14

IATA’s full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017, significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017. Freight capacity, measu


Alitalia: January was 14th consecutive month of passenger revenues growth

Views - 7 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:13

(Rome): Alitalia’s passenger revenues increase continues the growth trend reported in the previous months. The Italian airline reported in January 2019 the 14th consecutive month of growth, with a 4% increase in passenger revenues, compared to Janu


CILT anchors Road Show at Hambantota International Port Group

Views - 247 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:10

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its first road show for the year at the Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) head office on 25 January. CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis CMILT, Council members H


Sagala tours Colombo Port

Views - 26 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:07

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka last week went on an inspection tour at the Colombo Port. The Minister visited the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), the Passenger Terminal, storage facilities, the kitchen, medical cen


Advisory services for improving oil spill management capabilities of Sri Lanka Coast Guard

Views - 14 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:04

Kentaro Sonoura, M.P. and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, visited Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February. During his stay, he held meetings with President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena and other Sri


Japan assures Sri Lanka continued support for coastal and maritime security

Views - 14 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:02

Japanese MP and Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura has assured Sri Lanka of his country’s support for strengthening coastal and maritime security. Sonoura, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, gave this assurance when


Overnight pirith ceremony and alms at Hambantota Port

Views - 12 Monday, 18 February 2019 01:00

A pirith ceremony was held recently at the administrative building of the Hambantota International Port (HIP). 20 Buddhist monks from 19 temples within the port’s locality, were in attendance at the ceremony, while children from the Sri Seelawimala


Hong Kong port slips from global top five for first time

Views - 28 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:58

Hong Kong, AFP: Hong Kong’s port, which once vied with rival Singapore for global dominance, has slipped out of the world’s top five busiest shipping container terminals for the first time, new data has revealed. The bustling southern Chinese fi


CASA stresses urgency of National Single Window and Port Community System

Views - 100 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:57

Trade is the engine of economic growth for any country. Therefore countries around the world strive to improve cross border efficiencies in enabling greater predictability, transparency and other similar attributes to facilitate international trade.


MV Beijing Bridge under AGI Service makes maiden call at JCT

Views - 194 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

MV Beijing Bridge under its AGI Service made the maiden call at the Port of Colombo’s Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) controlled Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) on 13 February. In order to mark the vessel’s maiden call at the Port a plaque exchan


Qatar Airways Cargo launches flights to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Views - 23 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways Cargo has launched freighter operations to the beautiful city of Almaty in Kazakhstan. The twice-weekly Boeing 777 freighters, offering more than 200 tonnes of capacity each week to the Kazakh city, depart Doha on Thursdays and Sundays,


ComBank enables online payment of Ports Authority charges

Views - 46 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has added the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to its online banking platform, enabling customers to pay their Ports Authority charges in respect to their shipping requirements from anywhere, 24 x 7, 365 days of the year


Pakistan kicks off International Maritime Conference focusing on Indian Ocean Region

Views - 70 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

The three-day International Maritime Conference organised on the theme of ‘Global Geopolitics in Transition: Rethinking Maritime Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region’ under the auspices of National Institute of Maritime Affairs has commenced. The


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to be patron of first Colombo International Logistics Conference

Views - 73 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya will be the patron of the first ever Colombo International Logistics Conference which will be held on 1 and 2 August in Sri Lanka. He is the current speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and the only politician qualified i


KOICA workshop on establishment of Master Plan and Capacity Building for Ocean University

Views - 82 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the grant aid division of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, held a workshop for the KOICA funded project for ‘Establishment of the Master Plan and Capacity Building of the Ocean University of


Colombo Dockyard enters into contract with Sri Lanka Ports Authority to supply 2 pilot launches

Views - 53 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:21

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) has successfully entered into a contract with Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to supply two pilot launches. The contract was signed on 1 February at SLPA Chairman’s office. SLPA Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka and CDPLC Manag


CILT conducts P.B. Karandawala Memorial Lecture jointly with CMM

Views - 131 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:09

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its 24th P.B. Karandawala Memorial Lecture on 24 January at Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian and Research Institute. The lecture was conducted jointly with Company of Master Mariners


Who is fooling whom with another draft national maritime and logistics policy?

Views - 373 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

Last week it was reported that yet another draft shipping and logistics policy was handed over to the new Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, it was a policy drafted during former national list Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who acted against the maritime and


InterGlobe Freight starts operations in Sri Lanka

Views - 85 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:50

InterGlobe Freight Solutions Ltd. had its inauguration last week at its head office 281 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03. InterGlobe Freight is a partnership between Eagle Logistics Colombo and Kanchana Ekanayake who has over two decades experience in


KKS Harbour to handle general cargo in three years

Views - 80 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:50

The Kankasanthurai area will undergo a major transformation with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) set to launch the Indian-funded Kankasanthurai harbour development project.  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ports, Shipping and Southern Deve


Global shipping rates slump in latest sign of economic slowdown

Views - 58 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:47

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Freight rates for dry-bulk and container ships, carriers of most of the world’s raw materials and finished goods, have plunged over the last six months in the latest sign the global economy is slowing significantly. The Baltic


India orders DP World, Maersk units to withdraw some notices to clients at Mumbai port

Views - 94 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk and Dubai’s DP World to withdraw certain customer advisories which it said could hamper growth of the country’s largest container port in Mumbai, a docum


P.B. Karandawala memorial lecture on Thursday

Views - 53 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka will hold the P.B. Karandawala memorial lecture on 24 January 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, 144 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7. T


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Discipline and freedom under the reign of Gota

Saturday, 23 February 2019

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Admit it. The headline hooked you. Hope you won’t be disappointed. There are no gory scenes featuring dismembered limbs here. However you might read about the long arm of the law being truncated. Perhaps a chilling scene where the mask of the murde


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Friday, 22 February 2019

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Regulating foreign workers now a top priority

Friday, 22 February 2019

Sri Lanka is today facing a domestic labour shortage in some key sectors and industries. While demographic, social attitudes, expansion of the economy and outward labour emigration are contributing to the shortfall. Generally a lack of interest in ce


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