Shipping / Aviation

CILT conducts road show at EFL campus

Views - 61 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka was invited to conduct a road show at the EFL logistics campus at Orugodawatte on 6 March. CILT Chairperson Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, CILT SL Secretary General Vasantha and Administrat

Team SAGT welcomes A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S CEO Soren Skou

Views - 50 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Team SAGT (South Asia Gateway Terminals) welcomed A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S CEO Soren Skou on his inaugural visit to Sri Lanka. SAGT CEO Romesh David accompanied Skou and Maersk Group representatives on the terminal visit, presenting the enhanced v

Fastest-growing Asian air routes revealed

Views - 26 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The 10 fastest-growing major passenger routes in the Asia-Pacific region have been revealed in an exclusive study published by Routesonline, with a flight between South Korea’s capital city Seoul and a coastal city in central Vietnam taking the top

SriLankan Engineering standards reaffirmed at recent EASA audit

Views - 25 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, armed with several industry certifications of the highest recognised global standards, has positioned itself as the finest institution in South Asia for aircraft engineering Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for all airlines

CILT pays courtesy call to new SLPA Chairman

Views - 99 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Senior officials of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka last week paid a courtesy call on the new Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Kavan Rathnayake. CILT Chairperson Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, International Vice Preside

Colombo Dockyard and Panasia, Korea ink deal for Ballast Water Management and Scrubber Systems

Views - 35 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The Colombo Dockyard (CDPLC) inked an agreement with Panasia, Korea as a partner for Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and Scrubber installation recently. This collaboration with Panasia will allow Colombo Dockyard to offer this service of inst

Triple E class budget now needs to sail

Views - 88 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

In shipping terms Triple E (EEE) stands for economies of scale, energy-efficient and environmentally improved vessels that was developed to cater to the market/industry demands. In my analysis of the 2019 budget proposals, I feel the overall budget o

Jet Airways pilots seek government help to recover unpaid salaries, with interest

Views - 36 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI, REUTERS: Cash-strapped Indian carrier Jet Airways’ pilots union has for the first time sought government help to recover pending salaries and dues from the airline, saying pleas to management have fallen on deaf ears. The National Aviat

CMA CGM to form new venture with Ethiopian firm

Views - 35 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

ADDIS ABABA, REUTERS: France’s CMA CGM has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture with Ethiopian company MACCFA, as well as a letter of intent with ESLSE to manage Ethiopia’s Modjo port, according to a document made available by the Fr

ICS examination to be conducted in Sri Lanka

Views - 45 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

A group of senior members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers SL Branch met Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya who is also the senior most Fellow of the Institute, at his official residence recently. The purpose of this meeting was to exped

CILT and PIM Alumni conduct discussion on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and impact to Sri Lanka

Views - 189 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka(CILT) in partnershipwithPIM Alumni Association (PIMA) of the Postgraduate Institute of Management, recently concludeda successfulevent on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its impact to Sri La

Sir Peter Hendy takes over as CILT’s new International President in the centenary year

Views - 154 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is pleased to announce Sir Peter Hendy CBE as International President for the centenary year. Sir Peter is one of Britain’s foremost transport practitioners, and is currently Chair of Networ

Boeing shares down 10% after second crash involving 737 MAX 8

Views - 21 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Shares of Boeing Co slid almost 10% in early trading on Monday after some airlines grounded the world’s biggest planemaker’s new 737 MAX 8 passenger jet following the second deadly crash in just five months. The share move, if maintaine

China orders its airlines to suspend use of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Views - 26 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): China’s aviation regulator said on Monday it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend their Boeing Co 737 MAX aircraft operations by 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia. An Ethiopian Airlin

John Keells Group Logistics Centre to be built in Wattala under new agreement with BOI

Views - 130 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an agreement with Logipark International Ltd. to construct, commission and operate a logistics centre to provide integrated logistic services, container freight station, multi country consolidation and a ra

The remarkable female crane operators at Port of Colombo

Views - 1351 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

It is a remarkable story. They have earned exceptional life experience to narrate their precedential journey at this early age. The path they walk is an inspiration for female empowerment and gender balance, which is one of the most important goals f

Hayleys Advantis and Trustworthy Group break ground at first facility in KIZAD

Views - 49 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Hayleys Advantis Limited(Advantis), in partnership with Dubai based Group, recently broke ground at their first Inland Container Depot (ICD)facility, in Abu Dhabi. Advantis is to manage and operate a state-of-the-art ICD and Third-Part


Views - 30 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the Ministry would examine delays in decision-making in the ports sector in the past few years, as the first step in correcting its course.  “Colombo Port has reached its full

Final workshop on National Port Master Plan

Views - 55 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

The final workshop on National Port Master Plan (NPMP) organised together with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) was held last week at Hotel Kingsbury, Colombo with a large gathering of

LAUGFS presents strategic advantages of LPG Transshipment Terminal in Hambantota

Views - 58 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Having established South Asia’s largest and most modern LPG Transshipment Terminal at the Hambantota International Port, LAUGFS Chairman W.K.H. Wegapitiya presented its strategic advantages as an important LPG infrastructure in the Indian Ocean to

MAC Holdings acquires 50% equity of Finlays Linehaul Express

Views - 56 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

In a transaction concluded on 25 February, MAC Holdings Ltd., a diversified group of companies which pioneers and is recognised as a market leader in global logistics, announced it acquired a 50% equity stake in Finlays Linehaul Express Ltd. from Fin

Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd CEOs say customers have accepted added fuel charge

Views - 33 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

ShippingWatch: Billions of dollars in additional costs related to the more expensive low-sulphur fuel, which is waiting less than 10 months down the road, will end up on the shippers’ desk. At least in terms of Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd’s customers,

Understanding progress of national road network and infrastructure for investments and logistics

Views - 48 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s geographical position with three major ports along the east west shipping corridor is making it a more viable and cost-effective logistics hub in the Indian Ocean. Being a small island, having international ports in the east, south and

Logistics Strategy of the National Export Strategy

Views - 28 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

A meeting was convened recently by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade (MoDSIT) Malik Samarawickarama, to discuss the progress of the Logistics Strategy of the National Export Strategy (NES). MoDSIT Secretary S.T. Kodikara, Mi

Singapore Airlines opens Digital Innovation Lab

Views - 56 Monday, 4 March 2019 00:00

Singapore Airlines has formally opened its digital innovation lab, known as KrisLab recently. KrisLab is designed to serve as a collaborative workspace for SIA Group staff to develop innovative ideas and co-innovate with external partners, start-ups,

Factbox: Five years on, fate of missing MH370 remains a mystery

Views - 17 Monday, 4 March 2019 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 five years ago with 239 people on board remains one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. The Boeing 777 went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 Mar

Five years on, MH370 families band together to seek closure

Views - 24 Monday, 4 March 2019 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Five years ago, their loved ones boarded a plane and vanished. The group of Malaysians meet about once a month – usually at a coffee shop or a home in Kuala Lumpur – to support each other and try to keep missing Malaysian

Korean Air adds 50th anniversary emblem to 10 aircraft

Views - 20 Monday, 4 March 2019 00:00

Korean Air is adding a special emblem and slogan to ten of its aircraft to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The special aircraft livery will depict the number 50 with a plane flying over it alongside the slogan “Beyond 50 Years of Excellen

Emirates uses advanced navigation technology to increase cargo capacity to Kabul

Views - 23 Monday, 4 March 2019 00:00

Emirates Flight Operations has developed a new navigation technique that allows the airline to carry additional cargo into Kabul International Airport. The innovative missed-approach procedure developed by the airline has replaced an older technique

Asia Pacific airlines carried 356.6 million international passengers in 2018

Views - 16 Monday, 4 March 2019 00:00

Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the full calendar year 2018 show solid growth in international air passenger demand, with continued expansion in the global economy lending support to business and l

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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre

Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh

The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

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