Shipping / Aviation

Global air cargo volume down 4% in August

Views - 37 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

IATA’s latest data for global air freight markets shows that demand, measured in freight ton kilometres (FTKs), contracted by 3.9% in August 2019, compared to the same month in 2018. This marks the 10th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in


Marine Insights masterclass on understanding Bill of Lading frauds

Views - 20 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Billions of dollars’ worth of merchandise are globally shipped around through multi-modal transport modes to reach customers. Almost 90% of it is done by ocean cargo, while the rest is done by air and land transportation. Under different internati


All for maritime and supply chain

Views - 182 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Immediate Past Navy Commander and present Secretary Ministry of Ports and Shipping and Southern Development Admiral S.S. Ranasinghe, retired former Navy Commander Admiral Jayantha Perera, retired Master Mariner Capt. Rohith Fernando, retired former N


Lankan envoy meets Polish State Minister of Maritime Economy

Views - 12 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Poland C.A.H.M. Wijeratne recently met with State Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation at the Ministry in Warsaw. During the meeting the Minister presented the scope of tasks carried out by the Ministry of Ma


Ship supplies firm OceanServe Lanka serves AS Sophia

Views - 140 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

A team of individuals from OceanServe Lanka Ltd., a part of Lanka Shipping and Logistics Ltd., attended the vessel, AS Sophia, which arrived in Colombo on 9 October. The team aptly supplied the requirements of the vessel, with special attention being


Jaffna International Airport

Views - 2607 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:40

17 October was a great day for residents of Jaffna and for all Sri Lankans, when an ATR-72 turboprop airliner of Alliance Air (a regional subsidiary of Air India) landed at the brand-new Jaffna International Airport (JIA), the first international fli


Botched airport opening ceremony: Sri Lanka cries

Views - 1265 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:35

Last Thursday (16 October) was a great day for Sri Lanka; the Jaffna International Airport was opened. It offered a great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; for tourists from Tamil Nadu (the largest number of tourists comi


Cathay Pacific expands inflight entertainment selection

Views - 33 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:32

The Cathay Pacific Group is giving customers more of what they love, with four times the entertainment available to discover and enjoy every time they fly. This significantly enriched inflight entertainment offering epitomises Cathay Pacific’s eff


EFL 3PL partners with Millennium IT ESP to deliver innovative 3PL solutions

Views - 253 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

Expert supply chain management is EFL’s forte, driven by its award-winning 3PL (Third Party Logistics) solutions, which has a reputation for solutions with extreme agility – most recently demonstrated with a new model initiated for its business w


Hambantota International Port partners with NYK Japan

Views - 86 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) recently entered into a Terminal Service Agreement (TSA) with Japanese Shipping Conglomerate NYK, the first RoRo specific TSA entered into by the shipping line with a Sri Lankan Port. Nippon Yusen Kaisha


Eagle Group marks 14 years of logistics excellence

Views - 64 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

Being established in 2005, Eagle Logistics Colombo recently celebrated 14 years of delivering innovative solutions to the shipping and logistics industry in Sri Lanka. The company was established by Managing Director Asanga Weerackody co-partnering


Colombo Dockyard takes centre stage at INMEX-SMM Mumbai

Views - 26 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s pioneer shipbuilding and ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC, was the sole participant from Sri Lanka participating in one of the leading international shipping exhibitions, INMEX-SMM-2019, held from 3-5 October in Mumbai, Ind


Boeing crash raises serious questions on certification in Africa: Aviation official

Views - 10 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The tragic loss of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX this March raised serious questions – including about certification in Africa, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the Airline Association of Southern Africa said on Friday. Historically, Africa’s sa


JetBlue program aims to inspire girls to pursue aviation careers

Views - 21 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Boston Herald: It was women wielding the wrenches, fixing the airplane engines and sitting in the captain’s chair in the cockpit of the 190-seat airplane inside JetBlue’s hangar at Logan International Airport on Saturday — a rare sight in an in


SriLankan Engineering certifies Singapore Airlines’ first Boeing 787 operating to Malé

Views - 27 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance Repair Overhaul unit (MRO) of SriLankan Airlines, marked another milestone with the commencement of certification of the first B787 aircraft operated by Singapore Airlines to Malé, Maldives. The airlin


EFL bags Best Exporter for Logistics Services at Presidential Export Awards 2018/19

Views - 28 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Expolanka Freight Ltd. (EFL), a pioneer provider of global logistics, took home the award for Best Exporter of Logistics Services, at the Presidential Export Awards (PEA) 2018/19, held on 19 September at the BMICH. Now in its 23rd consecutive year, t


CASA-ICS (UK) hold Maritime and Supply Chain International Conference

Views - 184 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) with the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers (UK)/Sri Lanka Branch organised the CASA-ICS Maritime and Supply Chain International Conference to celebrate World Maritime Day declared by the Internationa


HIP represented at International Port related Summits

Views - 35 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The Hambantota International Port (HIP) was represented at two premier port related technology and innovation centric summits held in Singapore. First, was the Equip Global Port Automation Summit 2019 held in August, and the other the more recent Por


IMO wants more women to join shipping line; fuel sustainable growth

Views - 93 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

The historically male-dominated shipping industry should clear the decks for a new generation of women, whose empowerment would help fuel economic growth, and speed up the drive towards ‘safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping’, according to


CILT Sri Lanka moves to Central Province after 35 years

Views - 188 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT SL), which is the only leading chartered professional body for logistics, transport and supply chain industry in the country set up the Central Branch on 10 September in Kandy. The ce


Global maritime industry at crossroads: Sagala

Views - 325 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka last week said the global maritime industry has been pushed into unchartered waters to meet its challenges head-on, in seeking long-term and sustainable solution


IATA launches 25by2025 Initiative to advance gender diversity in airline industry

Views - 28 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

IATA has launched 25by2025, an initiative to advance gender diversity in the airline industry by 2025. The 25by2025 Campaign is a voluntary commitment by participating IATA member airlines. Key among the commitments of airlines participating in the 2


Emirates receives CBP approval for biometric boarding in USA

Views - 13 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

Emirates has received approval for biometric boarding from the US Customs Border Protection (CBP). The green light means that customers flying from Dubai to any of Emirates’ 12 destinations in the US will soon be able to choose facial recognition t


Kuwait Airways rated as five-star major airline by apex

Views - 45 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

Kuwait Airways, the world’s youngest fleet, added yet another accolade into its impressive resume last week as the airline was awarded an official five-star major airline rating at the recently-concluded APEX/IFSA awards in Los Angeles where the ap


Thomas Cook bankruptcy

Views - 958 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

One of the world’s oldest travel companies, Thomas Cook, in business since 1841, failed last week, stranding more than 150,000 passengers worldwide. The Thomas Cook brand was famous, as one of the pioneering travel agencies deserved to be. It was s


SriLankan Engineering welcomes latest customer Air Seychelles

Views - 13 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Organisation (MRO) of SriLankan Airlines, welcomed a new airline customer – Air Seychelles – for which it carried out an ‘A-check’ on an Airbus A320 aircraft in its specialised A320/A321


Global passenger demand growth lags in July

Views - 19 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:44

IATA’s data for July 2019 shows slowing global passenger demand growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 3.6%, compared to the same month in 2018. This was down from 5.1% annual growth recorded in June. All regions posted traffic incr


Gulf Air prepares for 70th Anniversary receiving seventh 787-9 Dreamliner

Views - 17 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:42

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, last week received its seventh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, on the sidelines of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Co


Air Ceylon: A recap of former glory

Views - 131 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:38

Great expectations The Second World War ground to an awful end with the use of the atomic bomb in August 1945. Except for a brief scare in April 1942 when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the island, Ceylon had largely escaped unscathed from the t


DHL Express ups rates by 4.9% from 2020 in annual price adjustment move

Views - 27 Monday, 23 September 2019 01:37

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has announced a price increase of 4.9% on the average shipment price that will take effect on 1 January 2020. DHL Express Sri Lanka Country Manager Dimithri Perera said: “


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