Shipping / Aviation

Asia Pacific airlines passenger load up 6% to 28.2 m in Sept.

Views - 25 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of September 2018 show sustained growth in both international air passenger demand and air cargo markets, amid continued moderation in the global manufactu


No-deal Brexit risks travel chaos, nightmare at airports: IATA

Views - 35 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - A no-deal Brexit could wreak chaos for travellers and a nightmare at airports, global airline industry body IATA warned, calling on British and European Union aviation authorities to put in place a plan to avoid such a worst-case s


Asia air cargo market gets e-commerce boost as trade war yet to bite

Views - 44 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) - Strong e-commerce demand is fuelling Asia’s air freight market, with the U.S.-China trade war having minimal negative impact so far and in some cases even boosting shipments, industry executives said recently. E-commer


Emirates SkyCargo lifts a quarter of Sri Lanka’s total air exports in 2017/18

Views - 51 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Many of Sri Lanka’s exports are colourful, tasty or fragrant and must arrive at their destinations on time and in pristine condition, a service Emirates SkyCargo continues to provide with distinction. According to figures released by the Colombo of


The miracle of flight: How it all began

Views - 152 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

17 December 1903. This is a date that dictated the future of mankind. On a cold winter’s day, on a desolate beach in a little known corner of America, two bicycle mechanics, Wilbur and Orville Wright, made the first sustained and controlled flight


World’s first price comparison website offering cross border shipping launches in Sri Lanka

Views - 1141 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

It ultimately comes down to what the customer requires when it comes to buying online. A customer requires the best deals and to get it shipped for the least cost. Online buyers have become smarter in making decisions based on the wide variety of cho


CMA CGM offers to buy full control of Ceva

Views - 58 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

PARIS/ZURICH (Reuters) : French shipping group CMA CGM has offered to buy full control of Swiss transport company Ceva Logistics, in which it is already a major shareholder, the companies said on Thursday. The plan for a voluntary buyout offer was an


Maersk – A.P. Moeller simplifying supply chains for over 25 years

Views - 66 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Ports and shipping lines share a very symbiotic relationship. It forms the bedrock of EXIM trade of any nation, thus enabling the global trade growth. For Maersk – A.P. Moeller, Sri Lanka has been a trading partner for over 25 years, working closel


IMO pushes ahead with tougher marine fuel rules

Views - 22 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): The United Nations shipping agency pushed back this week on any phased entry for tougher marine fuel rules and further tightened regulations that will come into force in 2020. The International Maritime Organisation will prohibit sh


Key CASA seminar on 1 Nov.

Views - 134 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

CASA, the voice of the shipping industry, will hold a seminar on ‘Professional Indemnity Cover for Shipping Agents and Service Providers to the Transport Industry’ on 1 November from 2:30 p.m. onwards at the auditorium of the Ceylon Chamber of Co


UK competition regulator to study British Airways trans-Atlantic alliance

Views - 12 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it would investigate British Airways’ revenue-sharing partnership on trans-Atlantic routes ahead of the 2020 expiry of a previous competition deal agreed with the airlines.


Qatar Airways Cargo starts services to Macau; rolls out Transpacific Services

Views - 55 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it has commenced freighter services to Macau, the carrier’s fourth freighter destination in Greater China.


CB Chief to outline the economy at Shipper’s Academy Colombo forum

Views - 55 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Turmoil in global markets are affecting macro-economic fundamentals, and serious challenges are posed to small economies as well as big ones as the trade war between US and China continues.


Role of technology in supply chain and logistics

Views - 204 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Here on the invitation of ITX 360, to speak on the topic ‘How does the digitalisation of technology affect supply chain space moving forward’ well received by the delegates of the Annual Conference of The Charted Institute of Logistics and Transp


Kuwait Airways signs purchase agreement for 8 Airbus A330-800s

Views - 29 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Kuwait Airways has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for eight A330-800 aircraft.


Eagle completes 13 years in business

Views - 118 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Supply chain logistics provider Eagle Logistics celebrated 13 years in business last week with religious activities at its head office at R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3.


GAC Sri Lanka’s Anjalika Perera outsmarts the world and tops global rankings

Views - 67 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Brilliance and formidable intellect is nothing new to employees at GAC Group Sri Lanka. While excelling at work, they manage to stand out and top the masses through academic achievements as well.


Second South Asia Maritime and Logistics Forum in Bangladesh a massive success

Views - 58 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Amidst a gathering of over 700 delegates, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the second South Asia Maritime and Logistics Forum (SAMLF) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 9-10 October.


WISTA invests in leadership skills development program for members

Views - 39 Monday, 15 October 2018 09:54

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) successfully conducted a leadership development session for their members on 3 October at Jetwing Colombo 7. The seminar was titled ‘Discover the leader in you’, conducted by M


Shippers cut Ghana cocoa export freight by 9.4%

Views - 24 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Accra (Reuters): Shippers ferrying Ghana’s cocoa exports to Europe will cut their freight charges by 9.4% for the October-September season to compensate the country for recent global bean price falls, the head of the Ghana shippers authority said o


SIA boosts US presence with world’s longest flight

Views - 24 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): Singapore Airlines Ltd., after a lapse of five years, resumed the world’s longest commercial flight - the near-19 hour non-stop from Singapore to New York last week.


Qatar Airways considers fuel surcharge to help return to profit

Views - 21 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Doha (Reuters): Qatar Airways may consider a fuel surcharge on tickets to help it return to profit amid a regional dispute and rising oil prices, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters.


Thomas Cook says air traffic could halt for a week after Brexit

Views - 25 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Berlin (Reuters): Air traffic could be grounded for up to a week after a disorderly exit of Britain from the European Union due to uncertainty over future air traffic rules, Christoph Debus, head of Thomas Cook Airlines, said on Friday.


Port of Colombo leading in many indices

Views - 254 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

The Port of Colombo has been ranked as the world’s fastest growing port from among the top 30 container ports for the first half of 2018 according to Alphaliner.


‘Galle Dialogue’ International Maritime Conference in Colombo on 22-23 Oct.

Views - 118 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka will hold the International Maritime Conference ‘Galle Dialogue – 2018’, organised by the Sri Lanka Navy in partnership with Ministry of Defence, for the ninth consecutive year on 22 and 23 October at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.


Traders say US to be big winner of new IMO shipping rules

Views - 26 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): The United States is set to be the big winner from new marine fuel rules, trading house Gunvor Group predicted last week, while rival merchants said the world would not face a shortage of distillates as a result of new rules to cut


Special discussion to revive Port of Oluvil

Views - 58 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

With the initiative ofPorts and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, and the participation of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, a special discussion was held recently with the fisheries organisations and several


Air Freight: FTKs increase 2.3% in August 2018

Views - 21 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

IATA’s data for global air freight markets shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), rose 2.3% in August 2018, compared to the same period the year before.


EFL awarded for Delivery Excellence by Huawei 

Views - 77 Monday, 8 October 2018 00:00

Expolanka Freight Ltd. was recognised for its supply chain solution management and delivery excellence in addition to its ability to meet demanding project deadlines in a timely and flexible manner at the Huawei Annual Core Partner Convention 2018 he


Nabeel Hamza creates history; tops global shipping academic rankings

Views - 210 Monday, 8 October 2018 00:00

A Sri Lankan emerged with the top marks in the world across two subjects in the 2017/18 academic year examinations conducted by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK (ICS UK).


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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

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Developing a Politi-Compass – A challenge to political scientists and media moguls

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

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EFL charting course towards sustainable logistics industry with voluntary ISO 14064 Certification

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), leading global logistics service provider Expolanka Freight Ltd. (EFL) announced that it secured ISO 14064 Certification on Green


Logistics is not… transportation

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Google it. Go for a lecture or attend a seminar, mostly one will notice the first picture that appears or explains logistics would be a ship, an airplane, truck or railway connecting two places via transport networks. Ask a managing director what log


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