Shipping / Aviation

WISTA holds forum on digitisation of ports and women in maritime technology

Views - 183 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan Chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) in association with #DataccioConnect (maritime technology based events) held a one day seminar on the digitalization of ports and technology for crew with

Colombo Dockyard gives message to European market on Sri Lanka’s return to normalcy

Views - 251 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s pioneer shipbuilding and ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC, was the sole participant from Sri Lanka in one of the leading International Shipping Exhibitions ‘Nor-Shipping 2019’ from 4-7 June in Oslo, Norway. Under the

Colombo Dockyard lays keels of two pilot launches being built for Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Views - 110 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

On 11 June, Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) laid the keels to auspiciously commence shipbuilding work on two pilot launches as per an agreement signed with Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on 1 February. The contract was signed after CDPLC successfully

GAC Group successfully holds contract logistics conference in Colombo

Views - 58 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Asia-Pacific is leading the global contract logistics market overtaking Europe. The growth in this region is attributed to the rising retail enactment, strong economic growth, and increase in disposable income in the region. Contract logistics involv

HIP showcased at Transport and Logistics Exhibition in Munich

Views - 85 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Hambantota International Port (HIP) was a key participant at ‘Transport Logistics 2019’, the world’s premier transport and logistics exhibition held in Munich, Germany held last week. The port which is the newest addition to the international m

EFL launches exclusive charter to Pittsburgh, USA

Views - 68 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:36

Global logistics provider EFL recently launched an exclusive weekly charter to Pittsburgh, USA as part of its continuous efforts to develop innovative solutions for global brands. The inaugural shipment of over 90 tonnes was moved on a Boeing 777 fre

Port of Colombo partners in SL Country Pavilion at Transport and Logistics Fair in Germany

Views - 90 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:15

The Port of Colombo through an exclusive delegation from Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), South Asia Gateway Terminals Ltd. (SAGT) and Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) partnered in the Sri Lanka Country Pavilion at the Transport

ambitious plans afoot to transform maritime sector

Views - 60 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:14

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said in view of the country’s recovery from the Easter Sunday explosions, the Government has embarked on ambitious plans to transform Sri Lanka into a vibrant maritime hub in the re

Hambantota Port attracts luxury cruise liner Europa 2

Views - 61 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:13

Hapag-Lloyd’s luxury cruise liner Europa 2 docked at the Hambantota International Port (HIP) last week for an overnight stay. Over 200 passengers from the cruise liner took advantage of the stopover, making day trips to Yala, Bundala, Udawalawe, Ka

Aitken Spence Maritime facilitates 1st cruise ship to call at SL ports following April attacks

Views - 59 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:06

The luxury cruise ship ‘MS Europa 2’, owned by German operator Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten Hamburg, recently called at the Ports of Hambantota and Colombo with 309 passengers and 356 crew onboard. Aitken Spence Maritime is the agent in Sri Lanka for

Walkers Colombo Shipyard launches ‘Ocean Lady’

Views - 234 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:01

‘Ocean Lady’, a 35 meter landing craft designed and constructed by Walkers Colombo Shipyard Ltd. (WCS), was launched at a simple ceremony held at its yard at Mutwal last Wednesday (5). Ocean Lady is the second landing craft built by WCS for Sanke

Who killed the Airbus A380?

Views - 1231 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

As American author Mark Twain remarked in 1897, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” The Airbus A380, flagship of the world’s largest airliner manufacturer and culmination of an estimated $ 16 billion development program, is alive and

YoungShip Sri Lanka presents The CASA Youngship Open Quiz 2019

Views - 136 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Youngship Sri Lanka presents its latest event, an open quiz competition for the year 2019. The quiz would be conducted by the renowned International Quizzing Association (Sri Lanka branch) with an independent quiz master and judges. It would be held

HIP responds to medical emergency on the high seas

Views - 49 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Hambantota International Port (HIP) might be a relatively new destination on the world maritime map, but it is now becoming a safe haven for sailors in distress. Although Hambantota’s maritime connections go back centuries, its transformation from

Deploying energy to maritime business: CDPLC launches Rapid Response Afloat Repair Service

Views - 161 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Setting up to provide discerning ship owners and managers with fast response, reliable afloat repair service, while the ship is in port or anchorage, Sri Lanka’s pioneer ship building and ship repairing centre, the Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) offi

Lanka Shipping and Logistics celebrates decade of success

Views - 658 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

Lanka Shipping and Logistics Ltd. (LSL) was founded nine years back and is gearing up for the 10th year celebrations in the year 2020. 2020 in the maritime world is going to be a significant year with many changes to take place and it is ironic that

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

Views - 274 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 - 109 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 - 170 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 - 479 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 - 197 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 - 1903 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 - 43 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 - 559 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 - 123 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 - 53 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 - 55 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 - 232 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 - 56 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 - 31 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

Today's Columnists

State of the economy of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 September 2019

I am not an economist nor do I profess to be an economic analyst. The views expressed in this presentation are those of a layman who has always been interested in the economic progress of Sri Lanka.

Premadasa, Père et Fils

Saturday, 21 September 2019

We are what time, circumstances and history has made of us. We are trapped in history. At age 77, I refuse to trap history in my mind. This essay is an obligation to history. Although J.R. Jayewardene introduced ‘Executive Presidentialism’, coer

Economy, business community and the Prime Minister

Friday, 20 September 2019

The speech made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2019 deserves very careful consideration by the country due to several reasons. This will no doubt be his last speech on economic policy to be

Sri Lanka needs to invest more on soft infrastructure

Friday, 20 September 2019

Developing countries like Sri Lanka will have to prepare for further downside risks in 2020 with the growing debt problems and the growth problems in Europe and the slowdown in Asia. Slower growth is already visible in weakening global trade and comm

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