Shipping / Aviation

Sri Lanka’s port development and the role of the BRI

Views - 193 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00 Sri Lanka is strategically located at the centre of the Indian Ocean and is in close proximity to the traditional east-west shipping route. As Sri Lanka gears up to become a regional hub, many other countries are turning to port

Expolanka Airline Division rebrands as part of expansion plans

Views - 84 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

Having arrived at its milestone 25-year mark, Expolanka Airline Division has announced that it will embark upon the new era by rebranding itself as EAM (Expo Airline Management). The fresh new name and logo represents the company’s plans to aggress

WiLAT holds 6th Annual General Meeting

Views - 160 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

The sixth Annual General Meeting of the Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) was held on Thursday, 9 May, at the Auditorium of the National Chamber of Commerce amidst a large gathering of the industries eminent personalities and members of the as

Logistics is not… transportation

Views - 441 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

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

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

Views - 186 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

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

Etihad Airways – a mirage in the desert?

Views - 1878 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), began operations in November 2003. ‘Etihad’ means ‘unity’ in Arabic. Abu Dhabi, along with Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, had been a shareholder in Gulf Air, the ori

Emirates Group posts impressive results despite headwinds

Views - 41 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Expands global footprint with acquisition of Qantas catering in Australia and 121 Inflight catering business in the Americas, adds new facilities and service capabilities across its airport operations, catering, and travel services divisions The Emir

Hambantota Int’l Port signs terminal service agreements with top players in shipping industry

Views - 545 Monday, 6 May 2019 00:02

Vehicle Carrier, Glovis Sun sailing under the Marshall Islands flag, helped the Hambantota International Port (HIP) to reach its highest discharge volumes to date, when 5,000 transshipment units were discharged in record time last month. The discharg

EFL 3PL looks towards Bots and RPA to stay ahead of the logistics game

Views - 105 Monday, 6 May 2019 00:00

Global logistics service provider, Expolanka Freight Ltd. (EFL), has announced that it has implemented its first wave of transformative Robotic Process Automation (RPA) across all its distribution centres and Freeport to support day-to-day operations

World’s 2nd-biggest LNG tanker-class vessel to transit Panama Canal for first time

Views - 48 Monday, 6 May 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE, (REUTERS): A ‘Q-Flex’ LNG tanker, the world’s second-largest class of liquefied natural gas carriers, is set to pass through the Panama Canal for the first time, the canal’s CEO said, expanding the Americas to Asia trade route for

Colombo Dockyard ship repair and shipbuilding operations back to normalcy

Views - 48 Monday, 6 May 2019 00:00

Shipyard teams and families have fortunately not been directly affected on account of the Easter Sunday attacks, said Colombo Dockyard Head of Marketing – Ship Repairs Darshana Chandrasekera, commenting on the shipyard status as at 2 May. “The sh

Colombo Dockyard-built Underwater Restaurant commissioned in Maldives

Views - 193 Monday, 6 May 2019 00:00

Colombo Dockyard-built Underwater Restaurant has been successfully commissioned at the super luxury tourist resort, ‘YOU AND ME by Cocoon Maldives’, in the beautiful Uthuru Maafaru Islands in the Republic of Maldives. This Underwater Restaurant w

GAC Dubai wins ‘Breakbulk Operator of the Year’ award

Views - 55 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

GAC Dubai, a leading provider of shipping, logistics and marine services, was named ‘Breakbulk Operator of the Year’ at the Logistics Middle East Awards, held last week in Dubai, UAE. The awards recognise and reward supply chain and logistics exc

DP World reports flat gross volume in 1Q

Views - 30 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

DP World, a global trade enabler, handled 17.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first quarter of 2019, with gross container volumes declining by 0.6% year-on-year on a reported basis

UPS profit hurt by severe weather, issues disappointing outlook for second quarter

Views - 34 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

REUTERS: United Parcel Service Inc. said it saw signs of softening in the US economy and issued a disappointing second-quarter profit forecast, sending shares down 7% even as it promised a strong end to the year. First-quarter results at UPS were sl

CASA highlights importance of maritime education and training

Views - 133 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Maritime education and training is a vital element in the journey to make Sri Lanka a maritime hub. Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) has highlighted the importance of capacity-building in the industry in numerous press articles and forums

CMA CGM unveils new digital solution

Views - 53 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Digitisation is deeply transforming the world economy and inventing new market rules. It is becoming essential for businesses and individuals to develop new ways of doing business and interacting with one another. A lever for growth, differentiation

Boeing making ‘steady progress’ on path to 737 MAX software certification: CEO

Views - 34 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

Washington/Chicago (Reuters): Boeing Co is making “steady progress” on the path to certifying a software update to the grounded 737 MAX and has made the final test flight before a certification flight, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Boein

Colombo Dockyard represents Sri Lankan ship repair and shipbuilding at Sea Asia 2019, Singapore

Views - 70 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka’s pioneer shipbuilding and ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC participated at one of the leading international shipping exhibitions ‘Sea Asia 2019’ during 9-11 April in Singapore. Colombo Dockyard has been a regular parti

John Keells Logistics crowned for management excellence

Views - 63 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

John Keells Logistics Ltd. (JKLL), a premier third party logistics services provider (3PL) in Sri Lanka, was recognised as a ‘Company with Great Managers’ at the Great Manager Awards (2018), held recently at The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. Top th

Airbus sells longer-range A321s, sees quick end to Boeing crisis

Views - 28 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

TOULOUSE (Reuters): The new sales chief at Europe’s Airbus hinted at orders for an unannounced new version of its A321 jet, while softening market rhetoric and predicting rival Boeing will emerge quickly from a crisis over the grounded 737 MAX. Ai

Cathay Pacific joins Pharma.Aero

Views - 34 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Cathay Pacific has become a full member of Pharma.Aero, a cross-industry collaboration for pharma shippers, CEIV-certified cargo communities, airport operators and other air cargo industry stakeholders. Cathay Pacific has been CEIV Pharma certified

Etihad operates single-use plastic free flight on Earth Day

Views - 33 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics onboard, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution. Flight EY484 departed Abu Dhabi on 21 April, landing in Brisbane o

The sad demise of Jet Airways

Views - 696 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

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

Indian, Australian warships arrive in China for naval parade

Views - 27 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

QINGDAO (REUTERS): Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tens

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka reaches out to provinces

Views - 40 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT SL) which is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics, transport and supply chain industry in the country partnered with the department of manufacturing and in

US Navy ships arrive at Hambantota Port for CARAT exercise

Views - 74 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

United States Navy ships USNS Millinocket and USS Spruance arrived at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port on Thursday to kick off the 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series on 19 April. Director Naval Operations Com

IMO works to clamp down on illicit shipping practices

Views - 55 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The United Nations’ shipping agency is working on tougher measures to clamp down on rogue shipping companies trying to use flag registries fraudulently to conceal their activities, officials said. All commercial ships have to be

CILT presents FCILT status certificate to Capt. Rohith Fernando

Views - 152 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

CILT held its AGM at the Kingsbury recently. On conclusion of the AGM CILT Chairperson Gayani de Alwis handed over the FCILT status certificate to Captain Rohith Fernando. He is the only recipient for 2019 so far.

GAC Group Sri Lanka appoints new CEO

Views - 162 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

Re-engineering and rebuilding the internal management structure within the McLarens Group, the company announces the appointment of a prominent pillar to drive the growth of the company. GAC Group Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of McLarens Group, appointed

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Why are Sri Lankan passports so bad?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

My children have two different passports, making them a sort of case study in the stupidity and ultimate cruelty of passports. My daughter has a white passport, so no visas required. My son has a brown passport and he has to prove that he’s not try

Concept of Free Zones and their economic importance

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

With the growth of cross broader international trade, economic liberalisation and relocation of manufacturing facilities to economical location in search of competitive advantages, the concept of Free Zones was born. Free Zones include varieties of F

Howard at the PIM

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A number of very important people called to thank me for inviting them to the very popular presentation by Dr. Howard Nicholas. It was held on 18 July at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) auditorium. The title of the presentation was ‘

“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

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