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Are you monitoring logistics cost in your supply chain?

Views - 355 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:59

On the internet a simple explanation of logistics says: “Logistics is generally the detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of


YoungShip organises visit to Hambantota Port

Views - 158 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:54

YoungShip Sri Lanka held its inaugural event for the next generation of the maritime industry with a visit to the Hambantota Port on 24 November. At the port of Hambantota, the YoungShip members were welcomed by LAUGFS Group Chairman W.K.H. Wegapitiy


EFL facilitates significant cross-border logistics movement between Bangladesh and India

Views - 54 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

EFL achieved a significant milestone in cross-border trade by creating a tailor-made logistics solution and acting as the key facilitator to handle the very first bonded Cross-Border Land-Air Transshipment, on behalf of a leading European retail bran


Fiji Ports Terminal wins Fiji Business Excellence Award for 2018

Views - 43 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. is the proud winner of Fiji Business Excellence Awards this year which was given away at a gala ceremony held at Sheraton Fiji resort in Denarau Fiji, last month by the President of the Republic of Fiji Islands Maj. Gen. (Ret


Global air freight demand up 3.1% in October 2018; capacity gains 5.4%

Views - 31 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

IATA’s latest data for global air freight markets shows that demand, measured in freight ton kilometers (FTKs), rose 3.1% in October 2018, compared to the same month the year before. This pace of growth was up from a 29-month low of 2.5% in Septemb


Ocean Network Express’s newest vessel makes maiden call at Colombo Port

Views - 99 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Ocean Network Express (ONE)’s newest vessel MV ONE Columba called the Port of Colombo on her maiden voyage on 7 December. The arrival of the vessel marked the first ever ONE branded vessel to call the Port of Colombo. With its magenta hull, and lo


Association of Container Transporters holds AGM to elect new team

Views - 99 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

The Association of Container Transporters, the leading trade body representing truck owners who serve the national economy held its 33rd Annual General Meeting recently at Pegasus Reef Hotel.


SLPA’s former MD Premachandra joins LAUGFS Terminals as Director/CEO

Views - 159 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Further strengthening its leadership team, LAUGFS Holdings, the diversified conglomerate announced the appointment of Sarathkumara Premachandra as Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAUGFS Terminals Ltd. LAUGFS Terminals is part of the LAUGFS Gas PL


European Aviation Safety Agency approves SriLankan Engineering to global standard

Views - 79 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved SriLankan Engineering to carry out Base Maintenance operations on Airbus A330 aircraft as per EASA Part-145 regulations. SriLankan Engineering is the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) a


Imperial Airways and colonial airlines

Views - 286 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:27

Europe in the 1920s was still reeling from the devastation of the Great War. With their treasuries emptied, a whole generation of youth dead or wounded and societies in turmoil, the governments of the day turned to aviation to try resurrecting their


CILT holds L. S. De Silva memorial lecture “Transport and Logistics”

Views - 74 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:20

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka organisedt he L.S. De Silva Memorial Lecture on 8 November at 5:30 p.m. at the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo7. The lecture was titled‘Transport & L


Hambantota International Port responds to fire in Tsunami Village

Views - 39 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:18

The occupants of a home located in a Tsunami Village in Hambantota escaped a tragedy last week, due to the timely intervention of the Hambantota International Port’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). The ERT responded to a distress call for assistan


London Heathrow begins world’s largest biometrics roll out

Views - 41 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:17

London Heathrow is to streamline the passenger journey from check-in to take-off, with new biometric technology that is designed to reduce the average passenger’s journey time by up to a third. The new technology uses facial recognition at check-in


Private Maritime Security Service providers: Yay or Nay?

Views - 126 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:15

By Natasha Fernando Maritime piracy is a significant threat to safe navigation of the seas. Due to the rise of Somali piracy, different states entered collaborative defence pacts to mitigate the threat. Among these inter-governmental coalitions are t


Global Feeder Shipping partners with Ceyline Group in Colombo 

Views - 580 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:11

Global Feeder Shipping LLC, the Dubai-based feeder shipping giant will be represented by Ceyline Group in the hub port of Colombo with effect from 1 December. The new GFS Lanka Ltd. office at the Ceyline Building in Colombo 3 was ceremoniously declar


Qatar Airways Cargo recognises EFL as growing global player

Views - 54 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:09

Celebrating the continuing success of one its most dynamic partnerships in Sri Lanka, Qatar Airways Cargo presented EFL with two awards of appreciation at a ceremony hosted at the EFL Campus in Colombo recently. A special team consisting of the seni


GAC Group wins Maritime Services Award

Views - 46 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:08

GAC Group, a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services, was recently recognised with the Maritime Services Award at the Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) Awards 2018. The award honours GAC’s ongoi


Maersk enhances customer experience with introduction of instant booking confirmation

Views - 45 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:07

Maersk is enhancing customer experience with introduction of instant booking confirmation. This is a first of its kind initiative for the shipping industry aimed at facilitating ease of doing business via paperless trade. With the release of instant


Port expansion critical: CASA

Views - 918 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:28

The need for deep water terminals was discussed in many platforms this year due to the urgency of increasing port capacity in Colombo to cater to the surge of volume. In 2017, the Colombo Port reached a historic juncture with over 6.2 million contain


Emirates Airlines 1H revenue up 10%; profit down 86%

Views - 35 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:26

The Emirates Group recently announced its half-year results for 2018-19. The Group saw steady revenue growth compared to the same period last year, however profits were impacted by the significant rise in oil prices, and unfavourable currency movemen


Air freight struggles with 2% growth in September

Views - 39 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:26

IATA’s global air freight market data for September 2018 shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), rose 2.0% when compared to the same month in 2017. This pace of growth was relatively unchanged from August 2018, but was less


Maersk warns trade war hit container shipping

Views - 60 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:24

COPENHAGEN (Reuters): Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk beat third-quarter operating profit forecasts last week, but said a trade war between the United States and China had hit demand for container shipping.


Japan takes South Korea to WTO over financial support for shipbuilders

Views - 30 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Geneva(Reuters): Japan has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organisation to contest what it says is illegal financial support given by South Korea to commercial shipbuilders, according to a WTO filing published recently. “The measures in qu


SLFFA holds biennial dinner dance for a good cause

Views - 94 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA), the apex body of freight forwarders in Sri Lanka, held its biennial dinner dance at the Hilton Colombo, on 9 November. SLFFA has always donated the proceeds of this event to support an


CINEC Aviation embarks again

Views - 147 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

By consistently staying ahead of development taking place in International Civil Aviation, CINEC Campus has attained the position of being a catalyst for the industry in being able to develop new programs that are not readily available elsewhere in t


The post-war years and the start of the airlines

Views - 155 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

On 11 November 1918, at exactly 1100 hours European time, the Armistice that ended the “war to end all wars” came into effect. The guns fell silent after four years leaving Europe devastated. Four great empires had fallen; almost 20 million had d


Jet Airways to cut flights on some routes after further losses

Views - 51 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:33

BENGALURU, REUTERS: Debt-laden Indian carrier Jet Airways Ltd. will cut flights on less profitable routes and add capacity to more lucrative markets, as part of its effort to lower costs and boost revenues as it struggles to stay aloft. Jet, India


Indian project giant NTC Logistics starts operations in Sri Lanka

Views - 196 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:32

One of the largest project logistics companies in India, NTC Logistics started their operations in Sri Lanka last week with a joint venture partner Eagle Logistics. NTC Logistics India Ltd., formerly Namakkal Transport Carriers Ltd., is a logistics


Hambantota Port deal and East Container Terminal

Views - 316 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:20

By A Port Retiree In planning of modern ports, ‘Hybrid’ port management systems created by past events in less developed nations, are directed towards one basic system in port management for achieving economic benefits to maritime nations, to mat


Finance conference speakers take more optimistic view of shipping market trends

Views - 44 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:18

The fourth Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, held at Abu Dhabi’s Sheraton Hotel and Resort, was in many ways very different from the preceding three events in this increasingly popular series. While in other years the sense of ch


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