Shipping / Aviation

IMO works to clamp down on illicit shipping practices

Views - 35 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The United Nations’ shipping agency is working on tougher measures to clamp down on rogue shipping companies trying to use flag registries fraudulently to conceal their activities, officials said. All commercial ships have to be


CILT presents FCILT status certificate to Capt. Rohith Fernando

Views - 110 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

CILT held its AGM at the Kingsbury recently. On conclusion of the AGM CILT Chairperson Gayani de Alwis handed over the FCILT status certificate to Captain Rohith Fernando. He is the only recipient for 2019 so far.


GAC Group Sri Lanka appoints new CEO

Views - 68 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

Re-engineering and rebuilding the internal management structure within the McLarens Group, the company announces the appointment of a prominent pillar to drive the growth of the company. GAC Group Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of McLarens Group, appointed


Hideaki Tanaka appointed as Chairman of Colombo Dockyard

Views - 34 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

Hideaki Tanaka has been appointed as the Chairman of Colombo Dockyard PLC from 26 March. He replaces Dr. Toru Takehara who completed his term as the Chairman of the Company on 26 March. Tanaka holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (1987) from Rikk


Gayani de Alwis re-elected as Chairperson of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport SL

Views - 225 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 March at the Victorian of Kingsbury Hotel attended by an impressive gathering of their members. Gayani de Alwis CMILT was re-elected


Singapore, Malaysia reach deal to end months-long airspace dispute

Views - 14 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Singapore and Malaysia reached an agreement to end their months-long airspace dispute, the transport ministers of the two neighbouring countries said in a joint statement on Saturday. Under the deal, Singapore will halt instrumen


Turkish Airlines first to use brand new insurance-backed aircraft financing product “Balthazar”

Views - 15 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

Turkish Airlines, being among the most innovative airlines in aircraft financing, recently became the first airline to use the brand new insurance-backed aircraft financing product “Balthazar” combined with French lease, with the financing of its


Airbus opens Flight Academy and extends training services to pilot cadets

Views - 11 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

Airbus has opened its own flight academy and extended its training services offering by adding “ab-initio” to its portfolio. The Airbus Flight Academy Europe, formerly known as Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS), is based in Angoulême,


Boeing to cut monthly production of 737 airplanes in wake of two deadly crashes

Views - 7 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

CHICAGO: Boeing has decided to temporarily move from a production rate of 52 737 airplanes per month to 42 airplanes per month starting in mid-April, the company’s chief executive officer said in a statement. “At a production rate of 42 airplane


SriLankan Engineering standards reaffirmed at recent EASA Audit

Views - 10 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, armed with several industry certifications of the highest recognised global standards, has positioned itself as the finest institution in South Asia for aircraft engineering Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for all airlines


PM visits Laugfs Gas Terminal, CMPort-SLPA’s Hambantota Port

Views - 155 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday visited the terminal belonging to Laugfs Gas in Hambantota as well as the China Merchant (CMPort) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority managed Hambantota port. He was detailed about the on-going developments


China Southern, China Eastern Airlines post annual losses on fuel costs, weak yuan

Views - 20 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

BEIJING, REUTERS: China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines on Friday both posted a slump in annual profits, hit by rising fuel costs and a weak yuan currency, missing analyst forecasts. China Southern, the country’s largest carrier by pa


Has an airliner been grounded before this?

Views - 14 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

The worldwide grounding of a new aircraft type is a very rare occurrence. Most recently the Boeing 787 was grounded due to battery issues for three months in 2013, an episode that cost the manufacturer dearly in the short-term. Previously, Airbus suf


What is ‘fly by wire’?

Views - 16 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Aircraft control surfaces, located on the wings, the rudder and horizontal stabiliser at the rear of the aircraft, were originally connected to the pilots by a series of cables and pulleys. Pilot action on the control wheel or stick, would move the c


Who flies the B737 Max?

Views - 20 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines has an all Airbus fleet, so does not use the Max. Regionally SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Silk Air, Fly Dubai and Oman Air have this version of the B737, but they are all grounded at the moment. Passengers may experience schedule changes


IATA launches certification for perishable logistics

Views - 35 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

IATA has launched a new industry certification - the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh). IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said: “Perishable goods is a growing market for air cargo. Ensuring that these d


Gulf Air takes delivery of second Airbus A320neo

Views - 12 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has taken delivery of its second Airbus A320neo. Gulf Air’s A320neo (new engine option) is powered by LEAP-1A engines from CFM International and features large wingtips known as Sharklets. T


Boeing 737 Max – The essentials

Views - 579 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

The second fatal crash of Boeing’s latest aircraft, the B737 Max 8, in Ethiopia on 10 March has reverberated all over the world. The Max is the latest iteration of Boeing’s classic 737 design that first flew in 1967 and is the world’s bestselli


Rohan to speak at ASC in New Delhi

Views - 28 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The Asian Security Conference (ASC) is a major calendar event of the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi which is organised in early spring each year. Since 1999 when the conference was first held, it has become an important


Rohaan recaps insights to Sri Lanka’s maritime past and present

Views - 188 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

“Ceylon Shipping Lines Ltd. (CSL) was started in the mid-1950s as a joint venture PPP between the Government, Norwegian interests and local shareholders. CSL owned the first two vessels in recent recorded history in Sri Lanka, MV Attanagallle (home


CILT conducts road show at EFL campus

Views - 58 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka was invited to conduct a road show at the EFL logistics campus at Orugodawatte on 6 March. CILT Chairperson Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, CILT SL Secretary General Vasantha and Administrat


Team SAGT welcomes A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S CEO Soren Skou

Views - 50 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Team SAGT (South Asia Gateway Terminals) welcomed A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S CEO Soren Skou on his inaugural visit to Sri Lanka. SAGT CEO Romesh David accompanied Skou and Maersk Group representatives on the terminal visit, presenting the enhanced v


Fastest-growing Asian air routes revealed

Views - 26 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The 10 fastest-growing major passenger routes in the Asia-Pacific region have been revealed in an exclusive study published by Routesonline, with a flight between South Korea’s capital city Seoul and a coastal city in central Vietnam taking the top


SriLankan Engineering standards reaffirmed at recent EASA audit

Views - 25 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, armed with several industry certifications of the highest recognised global standards, has positioned itself as the finest institution in South Asia for aircraft engineering Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for all airlines


CILT pays courtesy call to new SLPA Chairman

Views - 99 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Senior officials of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka last week paid a courtesy call on the new Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Kavan Rathnayake. CILT Chairperson Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, International Vice Preside


Colombo Dockyard and Panasia, Korea ink deal for Ballast Water Management and Scrubber Systems

Views - 34 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The Colombo Dockyard (CDPLC) inked an agreement with Panasia, Korea as a partner for Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and Scrubber installation recently. This collaboration with Panasia will allow Colombo Dockyard to offer this service of inst


Triple E class budget now needs to sail

Views - 88 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

In shipping terms Triple E (EEE) stands for economies of scale, energy-efficient and environmentally improved vessels that was developed to cater to the market/industry demands. In my analysis of the 2019 budget proposals, I feel the overall budget o


Jet Airways pilots seek government help to recover unpaid salaries, with interest

Views - 36 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI, REUTERS: Cash-strapped Indian carrier Jet Airways’ pilots union has for the first time sought government help to recover pending salaries and dues from the airline, saying pleas to management have fallen on deaf ears. The National Aviat


CMA CGM to form new venture with Ethiopian firm

Views - 35 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

ADDIS ABABA, REUTERS: France’s CMA CGM has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture with Ethiopian company MACCFA, as well as a letter of intent with ESLSE to manage Ethiopia’s Modjo port, according to a document made available by the Fr


ICS examination to be conducted in Sri Lanka

Views - 45 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

A group of senior members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers SL Branch met Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya who is also the senior most Fellow of the Institute, at his official residence recently. The purpose of this meeting was to exped


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No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


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