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European Aviation Safety Agency approves SriLankan Engineering to global standard

Views - 54 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved SriLankan Engineering to carry out Base Maintenance operations on Airbus A330 aircraft as per EASA Part-145 regulations. SriLankan Engineering is the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) a

Imperial Airways and colonial airlines

Views - 274 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:27

Europe in the 1920s was still reeling from the devastation of the Great War. With their treasuries emptied, a whole generation of youth dead or wounded and societies in turmoil, the governments of the day turned to aviation to try resurrecting their

CILT holds L. S. De Silva memorial lecture “Transport and Logistics”

Views - 63 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:20

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka organisedt he L.S. De Silva Memorial Lecture on 8 November at 5:30 p.m. at the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo7. The lecture was titled‘Transport & L

Hambantota International Port responds to fire in Tsunami Village

Views - 32 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:18

The occupants of a home located in a Tsunami Village in Hambantota escaped a tragedy last week, due to the timely intervention of the Hambantota International Port’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). The ERT responded to a distress call for assistan

London Heathrow begins world’s largest biometrics roll out

Views - 37 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:17

London Heathrow is to streamline the passenger journey from check-in to take-off, with new biometric technology that is designed to reduce the average passenger’s journey time by up to a third. The new technology uses facial recognition at check-in

Private Maritime Security Service providers: Yay or Nay?

Views - 92 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:15

By Natasha Fernando Maritime piracy is a significant threat to safe navigation of the seas. Due to the rise of Somali piracy, different states entered collaborative defence pacts to mitigate the threat. Among these inter-governmental coalitions are t

Global Feeder Shipping partners with Ceyline Group in Colombo 

Views - 454 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:11

Global Feeder Shipping LLC, the Dubai-based feeder shipping giant will be represented by Ceyline Group in the hub port of Colombo with effect from 1 December. The new GFS Lanka Ltd. office at the Ceyline Building in Colombo 3 was ceremoniously declar

Qatar Airways Cargo recognises EFL as growing global player

Views - 42 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:09

Celebrating the continuing success of one its most dynamic partnerships in Sri Lanka, Qatar Airways Cargo presented EFL with two awards of appreciation at a ceremony hosted at the EFL Campus in Colombo recently. A special team consisting of the seni

GAC Group wins Maritime Services Award

Views - 39 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:08

GAC Group, a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services, was recently recognised with the Maritime Services Award at the Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) Awards 2018. The award honours GAC’s ongoi

Maersk enhances customer experience with introduction of instant booking confirmation

Views - 38 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:07

Maersk is enhancing customer experience with introduction of instant booking confirmation. This is a first of its kind initiative for the shipping industry aimed at facilitating ease of doing business via paperless trade. With the release of instant

Port expansion critical: CASA

Views - 881 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:28

The need for deep water terminals was discussed in many platforms this year due to the urgency of increasing port capacity in Colombo to cater to the surge of volume. In 2017, the Colombo Port reached a historic juncture with over 6.2 million contain

Emirates Airlines 1H revenue up 10%; profit down 86%

Views - 28 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:26

The Emirates Group recently announced its half-year results for 2018-19. The Group saw steady revenue growth compared to the same period last year, however profits were impacted by the significant rise in oil prices, and unfavourable currency movemen

Air freight struggles with 2% growth in September

Views - 32 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:26

IATA’s global air freight market data for September 2018 shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), rose 2.0% when compared to the same month in 2017. This pace of growth was relatively unchanged from August 2018, but was less

Maersk warns trade war hit container shipping

Views - 55 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:24

COPENHAGEN (Reuters): Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk beat third-quarter operating profit forecasts last week, but said a trade war between the United States and China had hit demand for container shipping.

Japan takes South Korea to WTO over financial support for shipbuilders

Views - 24 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Geneva(Reuters): Japan has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organisation to contest what it says is illegal financial support given by South Korea to commercial shipbuilders, according to a WTO filing published recently. “The measures in qu

SLFFA holds biennial dinner dance for a good cause

Views - 83 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA), the apex body of freight forwarders in Sri Lanka, held its biennial dinner dance at the Hilton Colombo, on 9 November. SLFFA has always donated the proceeds of this event to support an

CINEC Aviation embarks again

Views - 137 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

By consistently staying ahead of development taking place in International Civil Aviation, CINEC Campus has attained the position of being a catalyst for the industry in being able to develop new programs that are not readily available elsewhere in t

The post-war years and the start of the airlines

Views - 146 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

On 11 November 1918, at exactly 1100 hours European time, the Armistice that ended the “war to end all wars” came into effect. The guns fell silent after four years leaving Europe devastated. Four great empires had fallen; almost 20 million had d

Jet Airways to cut flights on some routes after further losses

Views - 46 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:33

BENGALURU, REUTERS: Debt-laden Indian carrier Jet Airways Ltd. will cut flights on less profitable routes and add capacity to more lucrative markets, as part of its effort to lower costs and boost revenues as it struggles to stay aloft. Jet, India

Indian project giant NTC Logistics starts operations in Sri Lanka

Views - 156 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:32

One of the largest project logistics companies in India, NTC Logistics started their operations in Sri Lanka last week with a joint venture partner Eagle Logistics. NTC Logistics India Ltd., formerly Namakkal Transport Carriers Ltd., is a logistics

Hambantota Port deal and East Container Terminal

Views - 238 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:20

By A Port Retiree In planning of modern ports, ‘Hybrid’ port management systems created by past events in less developed nations, are directed towards one basic system in port management for achieving economic benefits to maritime nations, to mat

Finance conference speakers take more optimistic view of shipping market trends

Views - 35 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:18

The fourth Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, held at Abu Dhabi’s Sheraton Hotel and Resort, was in many ways very different from the preceding three events in this increasingly popular series. While in other years the sense of ch

JCT transhipment volumes increase by 23.3%

Views - 91 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:16

he State-owned Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) witnessed the highest growth of 23.3% in transhipment container throughput for the first nine months (from January to September) in 2018, as against the corresponding pe

Port of Rotterdam Authority partners Samsung and others for container logistics blockchain pilot

Views - 29 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:15

There is still a lot of space in the logistics sector to use digitisation to achieve more transparency and, particularly, more efficiency. In this context, ABN AMRO, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Samsung SDS, the logistics and IT arm of Samsung

Myanmar agrees smaller deal for China-backed port after ‘debt-trap’ concern

Views - 16 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:13

Yangon (Reuters): Myanmar on Thursday signed an agreement with China’s state-run CITIC Group to begin work on a deep-sea port in the west of the country, after negotiations that saw the initial phase of the project scaled back over fears of a “de

CILT Sri Lanka holds International Conference 2018

Views - 148 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka hosted its Annual International Conference (IC) 2018 titled ‘Staying Relevant in a Digitally Connected Future’ in Colombo recently focusing on the impact of disruptive technologi

New investment to boost cargo handling at Hambantota International Port

Views - 62 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 02:01

The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) made yet another investment to further develop the operations of the Hambantota International Port. The latest investment of over $ 600,000, was made for the purchase of 40-foot Ro-Ro trailers with goose

Ceyline Group Chairman Chief Guest at World Maritime Day celebration in Fiji

Views - 64 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 02:00

Ceyline Group Executive Chairman and CINEC Campus President Captain Ajith Peiris attended the World Maritime Day celebration in Fiji as the event’s Chief Guest, demonstrating the strong ties and mutual respect that exist between the maritime indust

Pathfinder Foundation participates in Goa Maritime Symposium

Views - 78 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 02:00

The Indo-Lanka Initiatives (CILI) of the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) participated in the Goa Maritime Symposium organised by the Naval War College of the Indian Navy. Centre for CILI Director Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage represented the PF at the

Major port operators complete eco-friendly initiative

Views - 30 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:59

Five of the world’s leading port and terminal operators, including DP World and the Port of Rotterdam, have undertaken a week-long recycling initiative to promote sustainable resource usage. During the fifth annual Go Green Initiative, 8,332 employ

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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends

Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r

SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou

Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta

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