Shipping / Aviation

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

Views - 82 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 - 46 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 - 41 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 - 46 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 - 149 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 - 241 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 - 62 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 - 62 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 - 101 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 - 94 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 - 245 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 - 114 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 - 152 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 - 449 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 - 150 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 - 113 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 - 84 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 - 102 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 - 85 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

CINEC Campus conducts Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course

Views - 89 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

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

Sri Lanka needs better focus on logistics and distribution beyond 2020

Views - 4507 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

The time has come for Sri Lanka to make all efforts to transform its advantage of speed and connectivity into a major logistics hub in the Indian Ocean which can have many positive spinoff effects in terms of becoming a more vibrant manufacturing, tr

Qatar Airways CEO: not interested in Jet Airways as backed by ‘enemy’ state

Views - 53 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): Qatar Airways will not buy a stake in Jet Airways as a substantial portion of the debt-laden Indian carrier is held by Etihad Airways, whose owner Abu Dhabi is an “enemy” of Qatar, its CEO Akbar al-Baker said on Tuesday. Abu Dha

Advantis Projects marks completion of logistics services for Matara-Beliatta railway line

Views - 127 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

Advantis Projects, a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Ltd., renowned for its expertise in transporting oversized and specialised cargo, marked the successful completion of logistics service provision for the construction of the Matara-Beliatta railway

Qatar Airways Cargo launches flights to Guadalajara, Mexico

Views - 46 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways Cargo has launched freighter services to Guadalajara, Mexico. The twice-weekly freighter departs directly from Macau to Los Angeles in North America and connects onward to Mexico City arriving in Guadalajara, before departing for Doha v

Vietnam start-up Bamboo Airways to launch first commercial flight today

Views - 44 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

HANOI, (REUTERS): Vietnam’s start-up Bamboo Airways will launch its first commercial flight on Wednesday, the company said. The airline, a unit of the property and leisure firm FLC Group will start selling tickets from Saturday, it said in a state

The birth of airlines in the USA

Views - 82 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

The first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight took place in 1919, when two English flyers, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown, flew a modified Vickers Vimy bomber from Newfoundland, Canada to County Galway in Ireland. While this won them knighthoods and

Airbus loses to Boeing in annual jet order race

Views - 41 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:30

LONDON, (Reuters): Airbus abandoned a five-year winning streak in the race for jetliner orders in 2018, slumping to its lowest share of the $150 billion jet market in six years but narrowing a gap against US rival Boeing Co in airplane deliveries. T

Air transport industry safety performance improves in 2018

Views - 31 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:29

In 2018, more than four billion passengers worldwide were carried safely on 38 million flights. There were 13 major accidents involving commercial airline operations, which resulted in a total of 523 fatalities. This represented an overall loss rate

First-ever Colombo International Logistics Conference on 1 and 2 Aug.

Views - 766 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:05

Sri Lanka is known as a mega transshipment location in South Asia. In fact, it’s the fastest growing one among major ports of the world, with the rank of 11th best connected port in the world of shipping. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean,

Sharp rise in air crash deaths in 2018

Views - 56 Monday, 7 January 2019 02:06

BBC: Last year saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017 but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (

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Will the real JVP – Joke; Vital cog; Party poopers – please stand up?

Thursday, 22 August 2019

THE REDS ON THE GREEN HAVE TAKEN THE LIE OF THE LAND – and it is a highly-publicised stand, being the largest political rally of late. It’s a red flag planted claiming a space in the electoral pantheon, which is open to a plethora of interpretati

Amendment of People’s Bank Act: Any sinister motive?

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Parliament of Sri Lanka is scheduled to debate a Bill presented by the Minister of Finance on 24 May and Published as Bill No. 282 in the Gazette (erroneously dated as 9 July 2018). The legal effect of this Bill is stated as follows: nClause 2: This

Solar power can save country from blackouts

Thursday, 22 August 2019

The country faced country-wide power-cuts (except Colombo) in March when electricity generated failed to meet the demand, as the current Government failed to establish even a single major power generation plant or even award for construction. Heavy r

Emerging signals of a US recession

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

US stocks plunge on fears of an economic downturn Last week’s turbulence in financial markets was a reaction to the fresh evidence of a possible recession in the US economy. The Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped a whopping 800 points or 3% last

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