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Boeing makes $ 100 million pledge for 737 MAX crash-related support

Views - 30 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

SEATTLE, REUTERS: Boeing Co. said last week it would give $ 100 million over multiple years to local governments and non-profit organisations to help families and communities affected by the deadly crashes of its 737 MAX planes in Indonesia and Ethio

IAAC International Airline and Aviation College holds annual graduation

Views - 65 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

The International Airline and Aviation College recently concluded its convocation and graduation ceremony for 2019 at the Lighthouse Auditorium of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute. The illustrious event was held under the patronage of Minister of Av

The Monsoon: a basic guide

Views - 200 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

The Southwest Monsoon is one of the most interesting meteorological events in the world. It is also, literally, the single biggest indicator of economic performance for the region, as most of South Asia’s farmers are reliant on the monsoon for wate

Key learnings of first Colombo International Logistics Conference 2019

Views - 362 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

The conference will cover the following macro areas of the logistics industry developments. Ports and shipping sector logistics perspectives beyond 2020 This session will deliver the overall macro picture that ports and shipping sector will offer fo

WISTA correction

Views - 36 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

In the Daily FT article titled ’’Women who move the world: 5th anniversary of WISTA Sri Lanka’’ the reference to “WISTA was able to pioneer the first ever loyalty rewards program for crew to incentivise sailing using an app which converts n

China recommends top security level for ships in Malacca Strait

Views - 27 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

BEIJING, REUTERS: China’s Ministry of Transport has raised its security recommendation for Chinese vessels in the Malacca Strait, a major potential bottleneck for global oil, to the highest level, according to a notice dated July 2 sent to shipping

Ceyline invests in Califolink Logistics

Views - 74 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Ceyline Group, a diversified shipping group in Sri Lanka, has enhanced their supply chain management capabilities with the latest addition to their Group, Califolink Logistics Ltd. Califolink, a leading brand name in providing specialised logistic s

HMM joins THE Alliance

Views - 52 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

South Korea’s biggest container shipping company joins container alliance THE Alliance. HMM has been in a strategic partnership with Maersk and MSC in the 2M alliance since the beginning of 2017, however never as a full member. The company’s agre

Maersk CEO does not anticipate boxship lengths exceeding 400 m in foreseeable future

Views - 43 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Containerships have reached their peak size as the economic advantages of even bigger vessels recede, with a move to the next class unlikely to happen for many years, according to AP Moller-Maersk chief executive Søren Skou. The current generation o

Ceyline opens office in Hambantota Port

Views - 581 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Ceyline Group ceremoniously opened their new office in the Port of Hambantota last week. The occasion was graced by dignitaries from Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) as well as Directors and Senior Managers from Ceyline Group Companies. Ce

Capt. Ajith Peiris of CINEC Campus honoured with Lifetime Achievement at Business World Int’l Awards

Views - 151 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

Capt. Ajith Peiris – Executive Chairman Ceyline Group and CINEC Campus was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Business World International Awards, hosted by the Business World International Organization Ltd. (BWIO) on 2

Recap of Paris Airshow 2019

Views - 256 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

The 54th edition of the Paris Airshow concluded last week at Le Bourget Airfield. Billed as the world’s oldest Airshow, it has been held biennially since 1919, with interruptions only for the two world wars.

CINEC Chairman delivers keynote address at DMU110th Anniversary Celebrations

Views - 111 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

The 110th Anniversary Celebration of Dalian Maritime University (DMU) was held on 8 June in Dalian, China. The Government, industry leaders, guests from China and abroad, representatives of domestic and foreign universities, representatives of DMU gl

WTO says G20 erected 20 new trade barriers, although 29 barriers fell

Views - 28 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): The world’s 20 most advanced economies, the G20, erected 20 new trade restrictions between October and May, covering trade worth $ 335.9 billion, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said yesterday, warning that several more were be

Tangier port to become Mediterranean’s largest

Views - 35 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

KSAR SGHIR, Morocco (Reuters): Morocco will open new terminals at its Tanger Med port on Thursday allowing it to surpass the largest ports in the Mediterranean Algeciras and Valencia, and driving further investment and manufacturing to the country. A

SLPA JSS President appointed to Board of Directors

Views - 39 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya (JSS) (National Employees’ Union) President Udeni Kaluthanthri has been appointed to the Board of Directors by Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka.   SLPA

Winners announced for Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2019

Views - 63 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

Fleet Management Ltd. Managing Director Kishore Rajvanshy was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during Friday night’s presentation ceremony for the 12th Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia, which took place at Hong

Ten Sri Lankan Ph.D. and Master’s students graduate from South China Sea Institute of Oceanology

Views - 39 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou Priyangika Dharmasena was invited for the graduation ceremony of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology on 26 June. Amongst the international graduates, who were conferred their degrees at the ceremony, t

‘Women who move the world’: 5th Anniversary of WISTA Sri Lanka tomorrow

Views - 316 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan arm of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) celebrates five years of presence in Sri Lanka. WISTA plans to commemorate this significant achievement during the AGM to be held tomorrow at the Kingsbury Hot

Qatar Airways signs agreement to order five more Boeing 777 Freighters

Views - 32 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase five additional 777 Freighters. The deal is valued at $ 1.8 billion at list prices. “I am very pleased that Qatar Airways has signed this landmark order for five new Boeing 777 Freighter

Lufthansa Group completes GSA representation in Sri Lanka

Views - 120 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The Lufthansa Group has announced the appointment of United Ventures Ltd. as its new General Sales Agency (GSA) for Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines in Sri Lanka. In its new role as GSA United Ventures will manage onground sales and

Parliament heats up over SriLankan Airlines CCO appointment

Views - 64 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The appointment of an American national with a questionable background as the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of SriLankan Airlines was raised in Parliament by Opposition MPs on Friday. UPFA MPs Kanaka Herath and Mahindananda Aluthgamage both question

CNCI seminar on ‘Customs Procedures and Documentation’ at Hotel Taj tomorrow

Views - 23 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) has organised a comprehensive full day seminar on ‘Customs Procedures and Documentation’ to be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo-3. CNCI Secretary General Abeyratn

Chinese firms to pump $ 4 b into giant UAE logistics parks

Views - 52 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

It’s boom time for the UAE logistics industry with more and more Chinese companies set to invest over $ 4 billion in development of giant logistics parks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said a top official of National Association of Freight and Logistics (

Imports to busiest US seaport complex fall 6% in May

Views - 18 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES, REUTERS: The Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex - the No. 1 hub for U.S. ocean trade with China - processed 6.3% fewer inbound cargo containers in May, signaling that the escalating U.S.-China trade war is roiling business activity.

HIP joins WISTA Sri Lanka to build gender diversity awareness

Views - 55 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

In a bid to increase awareness of gender diversity in the workplace, the Hambantota International Port (HIP) partnered with the Sri Lankan arm of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). The association together with the

Felicitation of Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny by Zonta Club 111 of Colombo

Views - 59 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

IAS Holdings Ltd. Group Managing Director Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny was felicitated by Zonta Club 111 of Colombo for her contribution and women empowerment in the field of Freight Forwarding and Logistics. Tania Wettimuny went in to become an entre

Colombo Dockyard delivers biggest-ever vessel

Views - 96 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) on Friday delivered the first-ever modern Cable Laying Vessel built for Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd. (KCS) Japan attended by a host of dignitaries. This is the biggest-ever vessel, price-wise as well as length-wise, built

Happy Birthday Airbus!

Views - 67 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Airbus celebrated its 50th birthdayon 29 May this year. Launchedin 1969 at the Paris Airshow by the French and West German governments, the new conglomeratewas meant to be a foil to domination of the western civilian airline market by the Americans.(

WISTA holds forum on digitisation of ports and women in maritime technology

Views - 182 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan Chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) in association with #DataccioConnect (maritime technology based events) held a one day seminar on the digitalization of ports and technology for crew with

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Friday, 16 August 2019

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