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SLPA in collaboration with JCT, SAGT and CICT holds 2nd Port of Colombo Awards 

Views - 234 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

The second consecutive Port of Colombo Awards Night organised by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in collaboration with the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) and the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT)

SLFFA Cargo Services celebrates 25 years of dedicated service in Sri Lankan air cargo industry

Views - 94 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

SLFFA Cargo Services Ltd. is an unquoted Public Company with limited liability, incorporated in Sri Lanka, and is solely owned by the Freight Forwarding fraternity of Sri Lanka. Its air cargo operations at the Bandaranaike International Airport is un

Sri Lanka Navy keeps Walkers Colombo Shipyard operational

Views - 75 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Text and pix by P.D. De Silva The Sri Lanka Navy has come forward to keep Walkers Colombo Shipyard operational by entrusting the company to lift and dock their fleet of tugboats. The Walkers Colombo Shipyard a subsidiary of MTD Walkers Group has rem

KPMG Knowledge Partner for first-ever Colombo International Logistics Conference

Views - 50 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka being situated in a key location in the East-West Trade route, coupled with India being the neighbour from the North, which is the biggest economy in the sub-continent, has unique advantages to Sri Lanka’s logistics industry. Furthermore,

First German-Sri Lankan Logistics Conference held in Colombo

Views - 114 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:21

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) organized the first German Sri Lankan Logistics Conference at the Kingsbury Hotel on 29 August in Colombo, on the occasion of the official visit of the German Vice-Minister o

Sri Lanka prepares to pioneer $ 50 m Ocean University

Views - 205 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:18

Sri Lanka’s State-run job skills-training apparatus, the Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector, is now poised to receive its largest project funding in its history. Once agreements are finalised, a $50 million facility is set to sp

Institute of Shipping and Logistics awards scholarship to Sri Lanka Shippers Council nominee

Views - 42 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:17

The Institute of Shipping and Logistics (IOSL) awarded a scholarship to a nominee of the Sri Lanka Shippers Council to follow their Diploma in Shipping and Logistics Course at the recently-concluded Post AGM fellowship event of the SLSC. The IOSL is

Global air freight in decline for 8th consecutive month

Views - 36 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:15

IATA’s global air freight data for the month of June shows that demand, measured in freight tonne km (FTKs), decreased by 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes

Cathay Pacific Sri Lanka felicitates top passenger and cargo agents

Views - 48 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:15

Cathay Pacific recently hosted an awards night to recognise their top performing passenger and cargo agents in Sri Lanka for their excellent service and their continuous support that ensured the success of the airline in 2018. The team in Sri Lanka

Emirates SkyCargo wins special recognition in Malaysia

Views - 24 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:12

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, was presented with the award for ‘Best Customer Airline 2018’ by the ground handling division of MAB Kargo for having transported the largest volume of air cargo from Kuala Lumpur International

Malaysian flight MH370: the mystery continues

Views - 1094 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:08

The disappearance of MH370, a Boeing 777 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, continues to baffle investigators five-and-a-half years since it occurred. The basic facts are well-known. The flight made a last radio call to Kuala Lumpur

SLPA in collaboration with JCT, SAGT and CICT to hold 2nd Port of Colombo Awards Night on 30 Aug.

Views - 107 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

The second consecutive Port of Colombo Awards Night organised by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in collaboration with the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) and the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) wi

Keeping customer convenience at the centre of container shipping

Views - 72 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

Shipping and logistics, as a service, follows a model which starts with bookings made by customers and goes through a rather lengthy and complex process all the way to the final delivery at the destination. Through all the complexities arise a lot of

Proposed 2019 Amendments to Merchant Shipping Act serve no purpose

Views - 127 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

By Capt. Ranjith Weerasinghe The Merchant Shipping Act 52 of 1971 was enacted mainly to cast off and set sail on the maiden voyage of the State-owned Ceylon Shipping Corporation. From there onwards not a single ship’s regulation has ever been promu

Maersk chief says trade war threatens global growth

Views - 56 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

Trade tensions could knock up to one percentage point from global trade growth in the next 12 months if planned increases in tariffs by the US and China are implemented, according to Maersk chief executive Søren Skou. Citing the International Moneta

McLarens Logistics marks 10 years with Milaha Line

Views - 200 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

McLarens Logistics Ltd., a reputed shipping agency and total logistics company, has completed 10 years of providing agency services in Sri Lanka for Milaha Line (also known as Qatar Navigation Line) in the year 2019. Milaha Line is a part of the Cont

Sri Lanka-led IORA MSS Working Group finalises work plan

Views - 52 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

The First Meeting of IORA Maritime Safety and Security (MSS) Working Group chaired by Sri Lanka and held in Colombo on 8-9 August with the participation of 22 foreign delegates representing IORA member countries and representatives of the IORA Secret

Thousands of travellers delayed at US airports by computer outage

Views - 35 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): Thousands of travellers at US airports faced delays late on Friday because of a nationwide outage of US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) processing systems, officials said. CBP said in a statement the outage was tempora

Boeing delays delivery of ultra-long-range version of 777X

Views - 42 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Boeing Co has pushed back the entry into service of an ultra-long-range version of its forthcoming 777X widebody, the US planemaker said last week, as it grapples with fallout from the 737 MAX crisis and engine issues with the 777X. The fre

Cathay Pacific Airways CEO resigns

Views - 46 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (REUTERS): Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Rupert Hogg resigned in a shock move on Friday, amid mounting Chinese regulatory scrutiny of the Hong Kong carrier over the involvement of its employees in the city’s anti-government protests. The su

Airlines in Asia-Pacific carried largest number of passengers in 2018

Views - 40 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

IATA’s performance figures for 2018 show that global air connectivity continues to become more accessible and more efficient. The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirm that: n4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018 nRecord efficiency

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

Views - 74 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 - 310 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 - 91 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 - 54 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 - 61 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 - 87 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 - 79 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 - 80 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 - 193 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

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The Parliament stands naked

Friday, 13 September 2019

Though with a nonsensical form, the 19th Amendment can be said to have established a parliamentary system of governance by transferring almost all the powers held by the President to the Cabinet of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister. But, the pre

Upgrading Sri Lanka Government Railways

Friday, 13 September 2019

Sri Lanka Railways seem to be a topic of much interest to public these days. Hats off and congratulations to management and staff of Sri Lanka Government Railways and Government of Sri Lanka for venturing out to embark on a railway improvement projec

Not good news!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE: those who make things happen; those who watch while things happen; and those who wonder what happened! The first of these are perhaps evenly split between the best and worst of them… while most of us fall squarely i

Gotabaya – A breath of fresh air at Viyathmaga anniversary celebration

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The strategic direction for Sri Lanka that presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced at the Viyathmaga anniversary celebration is both a breath of fresh air in a stale, directionless economic and social environment, and also an elevation of

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