Shipping / Aviation

India, Iran plan to operationalise Chabahar Port

Views - 633 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

  India and Iran have expressed commitment to operationalise the strategic Chabahar Port at the earliest, with the aim of boosting bilateral trade and ties, said a report. India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and


CASA commends action taken to make Hambantota Port operational and viable

Views - 661 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

The Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) congratulates the Minister of Ports and Shipping and the Government of Sri Lanka, for finalising the Public Private Partnership Agreement between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchants Po


Advantis Bunkering further strengthens commitment to safety with OHSAS certification

Views - 676 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

SGS Lanka Business Manager Chamika Wimalasiri (third from left) handing over the OHSAS certificate to Advantis Bunkering Director Praneeth Gunawardena (second from left) in the presence of Hayleys Advantis Managing Director Ruwan Waidyaratne (extr


First ever customs bonding procedure program launched by Shippers’ Academy Colombo

Views - 651 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

  The customs bonding process is a global tool provided by customs organisations throughout the world to facilitate trade where different regulations exist in countries. The bonding process helps traders, importers, exporters


APL voted ‘Best Shipping Line in Transpacific’

Views - 700 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:02

APL has been recently named the ‘Best Shipping Line in the Transpacific’ at the 2017 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. Determined through votes cast by industry stakeholders, customers, global shippers and readers of


Mv. Toledo Triumph makes maiden port call

Views - 737 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:02

Evergreen Line vessel Mv. Toledo Triumph with a capacity of 14,000 TEUS made her maiden call at Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) on 10 July. In commemoration of the maiden voyage of Mv. Toledo Triumph to Colombo, CICT CEO Ray Ren


Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents elects Hayleys Advantis’ Ruwan Waidyaratne as Chairman

Views - 518 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:02

The Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) has elected Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director – Hayleys Advantis Ltd., as its Chairman for 2017/18 at the Association’s 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 26 July. Having ser


China Eastern buying 10% Air France KLM stake as part of airline JVs’ rejig

Views - 487 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:02

China Eastern to pay $438 m for Air France KLM stake Delta also buying 10% stake in the European carrier Investment compatible with “Belt and Road”: China Eastern  SINGAPORE/SHA


WISTA Sri Lanka holds panel discussion on ‘National Maritime Policy and way forward’

Views - 490 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:02

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) – Sri Lanka arranged a panel discussion on ‘National Maritime Policy & way forward’ following their Annual General Meeting held at the Ceylon Chamber of Com


TSA steps up aviation security measures in USA

Views - 482 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:01

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in America is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travellers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lan


Hapag-Lloyd holds naming ceremony for 10,500 TEU ship ‘Guayaquil Express’ in Hamburg

Views - 492 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:01

Hapag-Lloyd recently held the naming ceremony in Hamburg for the ‘Guayaquil Express’, the fourth of five new buildings in its 10,500 TEU class.  The “Guayaquil Express” was ordered in 2015, built by Hyundai


Strong air freight demand in Asia expected to continue

Views - 452 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:01

Asian airlines continued their bumper start to the year in June and expectations are that cargo demand will remain strong for the rest of 2017. The latest Asian airline figures show robust cargo demand in June, with the Association of Asia Pacif


Hayleys Advantis invests in Mega Distribution Centre

Views - 735 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:01

Landmark move will result in development of a world class distribution facility Investment for first phase is Rs. 3.2 b Hayleys Advantis Ltd., on Friday broke ground for a Mega Distribution Centre (DC) in Kot


Singapore Airlines shifts routes to budget arm Scoot amid strategic review

Views - 465 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:01

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Singapore Airlines Ltd’s budget arm Scoot last week said it would take over two routes from sister carrier SilkAir as the parent company conducts a wide-ranging strategic review designed to cut its cost base.


Airbus A350 goals on track, but A320neo plans stretched

Views - 465 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:01

PARIS (Reuters): Airbus said it was on track to meet a target of 10 A350 deliveries a month by the end of 2018 as it hit a milestone of 100 deliveries since Europe’s newest wide-body jet came into service, but doubts remained over its A320ne


CMA CGM unveils new ambition

Views - 831 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:14

CMA CGM ship in Colombo Port's CICT  The CMA CGM Group recently unveiled its new ambition and image. Group Executive Officer Tanya Saadé Zeenny said: “An extraordinary entrepreneurial adventure, CMA CGM is a family bu


Evergreen named Best Asia-Africa Shipping Line

Views - 782 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:12

Evergreen Line has been awarded Best Shipping Line – Asia-Africa by Asia Cargo News at the 2017 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS).  The accolade was presented at a ceremony in Singapore and was accepted


Romesh David new CEO at SAGT

Views - 940 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:11

The Board of Directors of South Asia Gateway Terminals, Port of Colombo, at their meeting on 20 July, agreed to appoint Romesh David as SAGT’s new CEO in succession to Erwin Haaze. In making the announcement, SAGT Board Chairman Susantha R


WILAT Sri Lanka’s mentoring program receives global recognition at CILT International Convention in

Views - 875 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:10

WiLAT SL delegation with CILT International President Kevin Byrne and CILT SL Chairman The International Convention of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) for the year 2017 was held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Maca


Dhanusha Marine opens second boat building factory

Views - 632 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:09

The second boat building factory of Dhanusha Marine opened 7 July in Kalutara. This is in collaboration with Hyundai En Tech and Hanil Ship Building Company, Korea with a Rs. 300 million-investment. Dhanusha Marine Managing Director G.S


Air France unveils new airline, Joon, in bid for younger passengers

Views - 497 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:07

Joon will target Millennials generation BERLIN (Reuters): Air France’s lower cost airline, aimed at restoring some routes to profitability and attracting new and younger customers to the carrier, will be called ‘Joon&rsq


Bristol Airport installs self service bag drop technology

Views - 482 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:07

Bristol Airport in England has started trials of the latest self-service bag drop technology. 12 self-service kiosks and four bag drop desks have been installed within the easyJet check-in area at the airport, and customer hosts are on


Thai Airways takes delivery of 5th Airbus A350

Views - 480 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:05

Airbus Foundation Executive Director Andrea Debbane (left) with Thai Airways Acting President Usanee Sangsingkeo (right) takes delivery of its fifth Airbus A350 XWB   Thai Airways has taken delivery of its fifth Airbus A3


Brussels Airport improves security with new baggage screening technology

Views - 475 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:03

Smiths Detection HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Scanner   Brussels Airport has commenced the first phase of works to implement new hold baggage screening technology. The airport is investing 100 million Euros on new screening devices and


Global air freight demand increases 13% in May

Views - 260 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:03

The latest global air freight data from IATA shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), grew 12.7% in May 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was up from the 8.7% annual growth recorded in April 2017 and


Delta testing Biometric Boarding Passes at Reagan Washington National Airport

Views - 250 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:02

Customers of Delta Air Lines now can use a fingerprint instead of their boarding pass to board any Delta aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)   Customers of Delta Air Lines now can use a fingerprint in


US says 180 airlines implement boosted security measures

Views - 245 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:01

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Some 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to US airports have complied with a first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June and do not face any new restrictions, the US Department of Homeland Securit


Mountain Hawk Express amongst ‘Best Companies to Work for’ once again

Views - 39 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:05

Mountain Hawk Express COO Mrs. Chamila Bandara, Ms. Randika Caldera – HR Executive & Mr. M.H.M. Afzal - Head of Human Resources & Procument accepts the Award.   Mountain Hawk Express Ltd. (MHE); licensee of Feder


Sri Lanka exporters need to take advantage of connectivity provided by shipping lines

Views - 35 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:05

There has been much talk about Sri Lanka’s enviable location along one of the busiest shipping routes in global trade; between the booming markets of Asia and the developed, high income ones of Europe. This gives us a distinct advantage as a


COSCO-OOCL entity would be world’s 3rd largest carrier: Drewry

Views - 29 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:05

COSCO Shipping offers $6.3 b for Orient Overseas Ltd The latest shipping market combination between COSCO Shipping Holdings and Orient Overseas International Lines (OOIL) would become the world’s third largest co


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Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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Monday, 18 September 2017

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