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Australian Border Force vessel visits Sri Lanka

Australian Border Force vessel visits Sri Lanka

Ocean Shield The Australian Border Force’s largest patrol vessel 'Ocean Shield' arrived at the Trincomalee Port today as part of an official visit to Sri Lanka recently. This is the first visit by an Australian Border Force vessel to Sri Lanka. It observes long-standing record of Read More

China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ beneficial for Indian Ocean’s socio-economic success: Ranil

China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ beneficial for Indian Ocean’s socio-economic success: Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge yesterday declared that China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ will provide the much needed hard and soft connectivity in the Indian Ocean required for rapid economic and social development and its success will depend on the maintenance of long-ter Read More

President to unveil world’s first laser Vesak Pandal

President to unveil world’s first laser Vesak Pandal

The world’s first Vesak pandal erected with laser technology at Galle Face Green concurrent to the Colomtotha Vesak Zone will be unveiled for public view by President Maithripala Sirisena on Vesak Full Moon Poya Day, May 10. The laser technology pandal erected on a concept of Ports and Ship Read More

Colombo Dockyard represents Sri Lankan ship repair and shipbuilding at Sea Asia 2017, Singapore

Colombo Dockyard represents Sri Lankan ship repair and shipbuilding at Sea Asia 2017, Singapore

Sri Lanka’s pioneer shipbuilding and ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC participated at one of the leading international shipping exhibitions ‘Sea Asia 2017’ during 25-27 April in Singapore. Colombo Dockyard has been a regular participant at many marine exhibitions, Read More

Lighthouses could be used to promote tourism industry: Minister

Lighthouses could be used to promote tourism industry: Minister

Sri Lanka Ports Authority commenced its support to the development of the tourism industry from Dondra. “We could use lighthouses to promote tourism industry. We could initiate a procedure to strengthen the villagers by creating opportunities for them to earn money. “We have planned Read More

Mercmarine Training awards scholarships to female merchant Navy cadets

Mercmarine Training awards scholarships to female merchant Navy cadets

Mercmarine Training, Sri Lanka’s foremost merchant seamen training institute, presented scholarships worth Rs. 2 million to two female cadet applicants, Koshila Herath and Sonali Jayarathne, at an event held in Colombo recently. The scholarship winners were selected from over 50 applicants, Read More

Sri Lanka Ports Authority supports the development of tourism industry, it commences from Dondra.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority supports the development of tourism industry, it commences from Dondra.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority commences its support in the development of the tourism industry from Dondra, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga stated. Minister Ranatunga expressed these concerns while addressing the opening ceremony of the Dondra Head Lighthouse. Hon. Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Nis Read More

DONDRA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE IS TO BE RE-OPEN FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

DONDRA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE IS TO BE RE-OPEN FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

Dondra lighthouse is set to be re-open to the public on 04th of May, Thursday. This ceremony is taking place under the patronage of the Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga. Hon. Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Nishantha Mutuhettigama, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authori Read More

Kolomthota Vesak Zone

Kolomthota Vesak Zone

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HON.MINISTER ARJUNA RANATUNGA PARTICIPATES IN THE SEA ASIA MARITIME CONFERENCE

HON.MINISTER ARJUNA RANATUNGA PARTICIPATES IN THE SEA ASIA MARITIME CONFERENCE

The Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga participates in the Sea Asia Maritime Conference currently under way at Sands Expo & Convention Centre Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Minister delivered a special speech at this conference. Ports at SriLanka considered as hubs of transshi Read More

IT'S OUR DUTY TO CONTINUE THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES CARRIED OUT BY THE LALITH ATHULATHMUDALI TO DEVELOP THIS PORT

IT'S OUR DUTY TO CONTINUE THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES CARRIED OUT BY THE LALITH ATHULATHMUDALI TO DEVELOP THIS PORT

Carrying forward the procedures executed by the Former Minister Late Lalith Athulathmudali to develop the Sri Lanka Ports Authority is a responsibility of all of us, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga told. Minister Ranatunga expressed these concerns while addressing the commemoration ceremony of Late Lal Read More

SLPA to host INAP 2017 General Assembly and Symposium in August in Colombo

SLPA to host INAP 2017 General Assembly and Symposium in August in Colombo

Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Mr.Dammika Ranatunge exchanges a plaque with Mr.Koji Yokobatake - Director (Port Promotion Division) of the Kochi Port Japan at the discussion.   Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) will host the General Assembly and Symposium of the International Read More

A team of British Petroleum Ltd visits Colombo Port

A team of British Petroleum Ltd visits Colombo Port

A managerial team of the British Petroleum Ltd., of the UK visited the Port of Colombo on 20th April 2017. The visit had been facilitated by the British High Commission of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). During the visit the team made discussions with the Chairm Read More

In 2016 JCT Oil Bank of Sri Lanka Ports Authority posts 113 percent increment in profit

In 2016 JCT Oil Bank of Sri Lanka Ports Authority posts 113 percent increment in profit

Jaya Container terminals limited of Sri Lanka Ports Authority [JCT Oil Bank] has enhanced its profit in the previous year by 113 percent in relation to the year 2015, Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga said. Minister Ranatunga expressed these conserns while speaking in a ceremon Read More

Hon.Minister of Port and Shipping and Chairman of SLPA visit employees with greetings for the New Year

Hon.Minister of Port and Shipping and Chairman of SLPA visit employees with greetings for the New Year

Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Mr.Dammika Ranatunge visiting the employees at their at SLPA on the first day of work following the Dawn of Sinhala and Tamil New Year.   The first meeting on the first day of work following the dawn of Sinhala and Tamil New Year at Sri Lanka Read More

Next period will be the most decisive period of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority - Minister Arjuna Ranatunga

Next period will be the most decisive period of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority - Minister Arjuna Ranatunga

“In the last year Sri Lanka Ports Authority faced many challenges. Leading factors of Sri Lanka Ports Authority were privatized. In this year also we have challenges to face. As the Sri Lanka Ports Authority you have the responsibility to protect this institution. My responsibility is to ma Read More

H'tota Port--SL Navy will handle security: PM

H'tota Port--SL Navy will handle security: PM

All security matters in the Hambantota Port will be handled by the Sri Lankan Navy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. He said this at a forum organized by the Japanese Government on the theme, Global situation and importance of Japan in Tokyo. “Sri Lanka will act with respon Read More

Sri Lanka's Colombo port box volume up 5.6-pct in Jan

Sri Lanka's Colombo port box volume up 5.6-pct in Jan

ECONOMYNEXT - Throughput at Sri Lanka's Colombo port rose 5.6 percent to 484,866 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) in January 2017 from a year earlier, with transhipment growing 4.2 percent, official data shows. Domestic container volumes also rose 9.1 percent to 116,746 TEUs. Transhipmen Read More

A special  delegation from Chittagong Ports Authority visits the Port of Colombo

A special delegation from Chittagong Ports Authority visits the Port of Colombo

Plaque exchanges between Mr.Dammika Ranatunga – the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and Mr.Md. Mashiur Rahman Beg – Deputy (Traffic) Manager from the Chittagong Ports Authority of Bangladesh.   A special delegation including Mr.Md. Mashiur Rahman Beg – Deputy Read More

The World Largest Car Carrier Called at the Port of Hambantota

The World Largest Car Carrier Called at the Port of Hambantota

Making a historic land mark in Sri Lanka, the world largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), the mv “Hoegh Trigger” owned and operated by m/s Hoegh Autoliners AS – Oslo, arrived on her maiden call at the Port of Hambantota on 31st March 2017. The Hoegh Autoliners - AS have ve Read More

NISHANTHA MUTHUHETTIGAMA INTERVENE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GALL PORT.

NISHANTHA MUTHUHETTIGAMA INTERVENE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GALL PORT.

A special attention has paid to catalyst the development project of the Galle Port, Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Nishantha Mutuhettigama stated. Minster Mutuhettigama stressed that all the possible steps will be taken to face challenges and to provide solutions for them when the initial Read More

Global container volumes bounce back to 4% growth in Q4: Alphaliner

Global container volumes bounce back to 4% growth in Q4: Alphaliner

Global container volumes bounced back to grow 4% in the fourth quarter of 2016 according to analyst Alphaliner. Based on a survey of the world’s top 30 container ports Q4 2016 saw 4% volume growth compared to -0.6% in the first quarter. As whole global container volumes grew 1.8% in 2016 Read More

COLOMBO PORT IS THE SECOND FASTEST GROWING PORT - MINISTER ARJUNA BRIEFED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

COLOMBO PORT IS THE SECOND FASTEST GROWING PORT - MINISTER ARJUNA BRIEFED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Colombo Port has become the second fastest growing port among the ports which carries out terminal operations, Minister Arjuna Ranathunga stated. It is an increment of 10.6 %. “The political climate prevailing in the country today is very conducive for investment with good governance Prac Read More

MINISTER ARJUNA RANATHUNGA BRINGS SRI LANKAN MARINE SECTOR INTO WORLD STAGE

MINISTER ARJUNA RANATHUNGA BRINGS SRI LANKAN MARINE SECTOR INTO WORLD STAGE

Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga attended to" Crans Montana Forum" in Dakhla Morocco in accordance with the invitation extended by Crans Montana Organization. He had delivered a speech on the topic "Port Development, Policies and Projects in Sri Lanka on 19th o Read More

Arjuna Ranathunga attends to “CRANS MONTANA FORUM”

Arjuna Ranathunga attends to “CRANS MONTANA FORUM”

Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga left Sri Lanka, in the morning, today [16] to attend the International CRANS MONTANA FORUM. This forum will be held from 16-21 of March 2017 in Dakhla [Morocco]. The theme of this forum is “towards a new Africa for the 21st Century&rdquo Read More

High profile New Zealand delegation visits SLPA

High profile New Zealand delegation visits SLPA

A high profile New Zealand delegation including the New Zealand’s Minister of Food Safety and Veteran Affairs and Associate Minister of Transport and Immigration David Bennete, Her Excellency Mrs. Joanna Kempkers, the New Zealand High Commissioner (Designate) to Sri Lanka and Mr. Senaka Sil Read More

SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY EARNS A PROFIT OF 11 BILLION RUPEES - MINISTER ARJUNA RANATHUNGA SAID

SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY EARNS A PROFIT OF 11 BILLION RUPEES - MINISTER ARJUNA RANATHUNGA SAID

Sri Lanka Ports Authority had earned a profit of 11 billion rupees in 2016 showing an 83 percent increment in relation to the previous year. Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga declared these financial records officially while addressing a media conference held in the auditorium Read More

SOUTH ASIA'S FIRST FEMALE GANTRY CRANE OPERATOR PASSED OUT FROM SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY

SOUTH ASIA'S FIRST FEMALE GANTRY CRANE OPERATOR PASSED OUT FROM SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY

First female group of gantry crane operators from South Asia who were trained in the Mahapola Ports and Maritime Academy of Sri Lanka Ports Authority passed out today on 08th of March 2017. This passing out ceremony was held in the Mahapola Ports and Maritime Academy to mark the International wom Read More

Sri Lanka Port employs women gantry operators in regional first

Sri Lanka Port employs women gantry operators in regional first

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has employed women as gantry crane operators in a first for a South Asian country. Madhu Harshini 30, works in Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port. Gantry cranes are at the heart of efficient port operations and it is a highly skilled and demanding job. Efficient gantry c Read More

USNS Fall River arrives in H’tota

USNS Fall River arrives in H’tota

US expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River arrived in Hambantota Port yesterday to facilitate the Pacific Partnership programme which was also launched yesterday. A number of activities including health camps, engineering projects and military band engagements would be held during two w Read More

US Navy in H’tota port based exercise ,Pacific fleet chief due

US Navy in H’tota port based exercise ,Pacific fleet chief due

Pacific Partnership 2017 will get underway at the Chinese built Hambantota Port tomor-row (March 7) with the participation of US Navy ship Fall River and over 100 US, Japanese and Australian marines. The joint exercise initiated after Dec. 2004 tsunami, this year involves Myanmar, Malaysia, Viet Read More

WORKERS DEDICATION IS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS OF COLOMBO PORT - SLPA CHAIRMAN DHAMMIKA RANATHUNGA

WORKERS DEDICATION IS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS OF COLOMBO PORT - SLPA CHAIRMAN DHAMMIKA RANATHUNGA

Colombo Port has been ranked to the 23rd place among the world’s best ports in accordance with the “Alphaliner” standardization. This categorization includes all the ports in the world which carries out container operations. Colombo Port had ranked to the 26thposition in 2015. C Read More

M.I.C.S IS ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE & MARINE INDUSTRY

M.I.C.S IS ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE & MARINE INDUSTRY

  Awards ceremony of Institute of charted shipbrokers [ICS] was held yesterday at the Cinnamon Lake side, Colombo. This ceremony was headed by the Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga and Governor of the Central Bank Mr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Po Read More

Two ‘Beauties’ Take Sri Lanka To Greater Heights

Two ‘Beauties’ Take Sri Lanka To Greater Heights

A British ‘beauty’ Aurora made her graceful appearance at the Colombo Port on the February 6, 2017, coming from Mumbai, India. The beautiful passenger vessel will end her long journey at Southampton, England, on April 22, 2017. This gigantic 889-foot (271m) vessel carries 850 crew Read More

Colombo Port listed among world’s 30 best ports

Colombo Port listed among world’s 30 best ports

The Colombo Port has gained 23rd position among the world’s 30 best ports according to the ‘Alphaliner’ international standardisation program. Earlier, the Colombo Port occupied the 26th position in 2015 according to this standardisation computed on the basis of container handl Read More

Colombo port listed among world's 25 best ports

Colombo port listed among world's 25 best ports

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Port tour by Trade Finance Association of Bankers

Port tour by Trade Finance Association of Bankers

THE TRADE FINANCE ASSOCIATION OF BANKERS (TFAB) recently organized an educational tour to Colombo Port to enhance the knowledge of its members in line with the objectives of the association. The port tour organized and fully sponsored by the association was highly commended by its members. The fo Read More

China's Zhenjiang Shipyard delivers two tugboats to Sri Lanka

China's Zhenjiang Shipyard delivers two tugboats to Sri Lanka

Feb 16, Colombo: China's Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group) Co has successfully delivered two 6,000HP tugboats to the Sri Lanka Government Ports Authority. The Chinese shipbuilder in the Jiangsu Province delivered the two tugboats from its shipyard in Zhenjiang City on 9th February. Boasting Read More

World’s largest car, truck carrier to H’tota in March

World’s largest car, truck carrier to H’tota in March

‘MV Hoegh Tracer, the world’s largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) belonging to Hoegh Autoliners AS - Oslo will call at the Hambantota port during the first week of March 2017 handled by Diamond Shipping Services. The vessel plying under MIAF service (Middle East, India and Afric Read More

Shipping Industry Calls for Inclusion of Ship CO2 in EU ETS

Shipping Industry Calls for Inclusion of Ship CO2 in EU ETS

Associations of shippers and cargo owners have called on the European Parliament, Council and Commission to include shipping emissions in the EU emissions trading system (ETS) under a special fund, Transport & Environment association said. As disclosed, in two letters sent yesterday, the shi Read More

Maersk Line plans digitisation push to improve customer experience in Sri Lanka

Maersk Line plans digitisation push to improve customer experience in Sri Lanka

Maersk has been consistently investing in Sri Lanka enabling exports and imports Maersk Line to focus on increased digitisation to simplify trade in the region   Maersk Line the leading container shipping company in the world recently completed 25 years of operations in Sri Lanka. It began Read More

WISTA Sri Lanka organizes insightful port tour

WISTA Sri Lanka organizes insightful port tour

WISTA Sri Lanka organized a guided port tour for members and their children to educate the future generation about port operations and create awareness about the capabilities of the Port of Colombo (POC). On 28 January, the WISTA bus picked the children and mothers and proceeded to the newly-con Read More

Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd enter slot purchase agreement on East–West trades

Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd enter slot purchase agreement on East–West trades

Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd have announced a slot purchase agreement for Hamburg Süd’s volumes on the East–West trades to be shipped on vessels in the 2M network. Due to changes in the global liner alliances, the agreement follows commercial negotiations in anticipation of the termination Read More

Bangladesh Coast Guard ship, Indonesian Naval ship arrives in Sri Lanka

Bangladesh Coast Guard ship, Indonesian Naval ship arrives in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Bangladesh Coast Guard ship and an Indonesian Naval ship arrived in Sri Lankan ports. Bangladesh Coast Guard Ship Tajuddin arrived at the Port of Trincomalee on a goodwill visit on Friday. Commanding Officer of CGS Tajuddin, Captai Read More

SAGT puts Sri Lanka’s Maritime expertise on the world stage – again! Gets awarded best Port/ Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent region 2016

SAGT puts Sri Lanka’s Maritime expertise on the world stage – again! Gets awarded best Port/ Terminal in the Indian Sub-Continent region 2016

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), the first private container terminal operator in Sri Lanka with approximately 60% Sri Lankan shareholdership, has yet again featured Sri Lanka prominently on the world maritime stage. This time SAGT was awarded the “Best Terminal in South Asia” by the Sin Read More

In commemoration of HE President’s 2nd year anniversary in office: CSC initiates “Carrier Guidance Seminar” in Shipping

In commemoration of HE President’s 2nd year anniversary in office: CSC initiates “Carrier Guidance Seminar” in Shipping

Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), the National Carrier of Sri Lanka organized a “Career Guidance Seminar in the Maritime Sector” to 100 G.C.E (A/L) students representing several Government schools as a commemorative event to mark the 2nd year anniversary of the His Excellency the Pre Read More

Chinese Oceanographic Research Vessel 'Quan Sanqiang' arrives at the Port of Colombo

Chinese Oceanographic Research Vessel 'Quan Sanqiang' arrives at the Port of Colombo

The Oceanographic Research Vessel of the People's Liberation Army Navy, ‘Quan Sanqiang’ arrived at the Port of Colombo for a replenishment and technical halt today morning. The ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. The Comman Read More

Colombo Dockyard delivers 80-passenger vessel to Northern Province

Colombo Dockyard delivers 80-passenger vessel to Northern Province

Colombo Dockyard successfully delivered the 80-passenger vessel built for the Northern Provincial Council on 10th January in Delft. The passenger vessel named Neduntharakai is capable of transporting 80 passengers and shall be deployed for transferring civilians from Kurikadduvan jetty of Jaffna Read More

Ports Authority CC lead

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Island Sky Cruise ship calls on Colombo, Galle

Island Sky Cruise ship calls on Colombo, Galle

MS Island Sky one of the three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky and one of the finest small ships in the world, made calls in Colombo and Galle ports recently. The vessel calls were handled by Lanka Shipping and Logistics in alliance with J. M. Baxi & Read More

MAHAPOLA TRAINING INSTITUTE RENAMED MAHAPOLA PORTS AND MARITIME ACADEMY

MAHAPOLA TRAINING INSTITUTE RENAMED MAHAPOLA PORTS AND MARITIME ACADEMY

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McCallum Entrance Park now opens to public

McCallum Entrance Park now opens to public

The McCallum Entrance Park on D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10, rehabilitated under the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project (MCUDP), was declared open to the public on January 8 by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Read More

Progressing for development through prideful dedication

Progressing for development through prideful dedication

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SL's strategic location potential to become hub of global maritime trade: Envoy

SL's strategic location potential to become hub of global maritime trade: Envoy

The strategic location as well as the economic health of the country was indicative of Sri Lanka’s potential of becoming a hub of global maritime trade, the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra said,on 07 of January 2017. Delivering the remarks at a Read More

LAUGFS Maritime first to register ship at Hambantota Port

LAUGFS Maritime first to register ship at Hambantota Port

LAUGFS is set to mark another monumental milestone by being the first to register a vessel at the Hambantota Port. The announcement was made together with the purchase of another LPG vessel under LAUGFS Maritime, in its plans to rapidly expand its vessel fleet. This latest LPG carrier was acquir Read More

CICT surpasses two million teu milestone in second year of operation

CICT surpasses two million teu milestone in second year of operation

Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has reported a throughput of 2 million teus for the 12 months ending December 31, 2016, achieving impressive YoY growth of 28 per cent in volume. This new volume has enabled the Port of Colombo to register overall incremental growth in the three c Read More

SLPA welcomes 2017 - confident in the journey of progress

SLPA welcomes 2017 - confident in the journey of progress

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CICT achieves 2 million teus in second full year of operation

CICT achieves 2 million teus in second full year of operation

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COLOMBO ENGINEERING POLISHES STRANGE ATTRACTOR

COLOMBO ENGINEERING POLISHES STRANGE ATTRACTOR

Colombo Engineering under the leadership of Kiran Atapattu performed underwater polishing on the “Strange Attractor” at the Colombo Anchorage Mobilizing sophisticated state of the art machinery. It completed the task in just seven hours using three diving boats and engaging twenty to Read More

Sri Lanka’s First Female Gantry Crane Operator is emerging from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Sri Lanka’s First Female Gantry Crane Operator is emerging from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Sri Lanka’s first female gantry crane operator is emerging from Sri Lanka Ports Authority in the near future. Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga said while speaking in the opening ceremony of the “Colombo Maritime” Conference. Hon. Deputy Minister of Ports and Read More

Container Transporters Association seeks key to drive trade growth

Container Transporters Association seeks key to drive trade growth

The Association of Container Transporters (ACT), a responsible trade body tasked with improving standards of the local container transport trade, hosted its 31st Annual General Meeting requesting relevant authorities and sector ministries to push for improved regulations that will contribute to g Read More

SAARC-ADB meeting on cargo, passenger ferry service was held on December 1-2

SAARC-ADB meeting on cargo, passenger ferry service was held on December 1-2

At the 16th SAARC Summit held in Thimphu, Bhutan, from April 28 to 29, 2010, the SAARC leaders called for collaborative efforts to achieve greater intra-regional connectivity and endorsed the recommendation to declare 2010-2020 as the “Decade of Intra-regional Connectivity in SAARC”. Read More

Large vessel arrives in Colombo- Traffic jam in Port

Large vessel arrives in Colombo- Traffic jam in Port

Colombo Port became very busy yesterday due to the arrival of a large passenger vessel, “Genting Dream”. Vessel was anchored in the Eastern terminal. 1500 tourists arrived in Colombo Port. Thereafter 1500 local passengers were boarded in to the ship. This is the world’s secon Read More

SLPA mulls urgent reforms for operations and processes to become regional hub

SLPA mulls urgent reforms for operations and processes to become regional hub

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Determined to stay abreast with the global shipping and logistics industry, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is said be in the middle of a detoxification process that has human resource and information system reforms at the core. Stressing the importance of urgent reforms in Read More

Norway reaffirms technical support for SL’s ports, maritime sectors

Norway reaffirms technical support for SL’s ports, maritime sectors

In a bid to bolster economic ties with Sri Lanka, Norway reaffirmed its commitment to support Sri Lanka’s shipping and logistics industries, noting it will extend technical support to boost the current status of the island nation’s ports. Noting it is an area that can be used to &ldq Read More

DREAM COMES TRUE FOR 2,000 PASSENGERS TO COLOMBO

DREAM COMES TRUE FOR 2,000 PASSENGERS TO COLOMBO

Over 1,500 passengers will sail on luxury liner – Genting Dream - from Colombo to Singapore which is on its maiden voyage in Asia. The cruise ship sailing into Colombo on Monday, October 31 from Mumbai will bring in 2,000 passengers who will disembark in Colombo. They complete their cruise Read More

HUB PORT: COLOMBO EYES INDIAN COASTAL SHIPPING

HUB PORT: COLOMBO EYES INDIAN COASTAL SHIPPING

Sri Lanka has the potential to take advantage of India’s initiative to shift freight movements from land to sea and serve as a transhipment hub for shipping between the Indian east and west coasts, according to Dr Piyush Raj, Head of Maritime Advisory DNV GL India, Sri Lanka and Banglades Read More

Norwegian tall ship Sørlandet visits Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo

Norwegian tall ship Sørlandet visits Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo

The world's oldest working full-rigged ship, SS Sørlandet from Norway, has arrived in Colombo Sunday for a week-long visit. The Norwegian heritage vessel is on a two-year circumnavigation of the world, with 70 high school students from A+ Academy. The visit to Colombo is only one of Read More

Two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships arrive in Colombo Port

Two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships arrive in Colombo Port

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships arrived at the Port of Colombo today. Two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships, BCGS Syed Nazrul and BCGS Tajuddin arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Tuesday October 25. The Deputy Director Read More

World's oldest working full-rigged ship arrives in Colombo Port

World's oldest working full-rigged ship arrives in Colombo Port

The world’s oldest working full-rigged ship, SS Sørlandet from Norway, arrived in Colombo, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said today. The ship is on a two-year circumnavigation of the world, with 70 high school students from A+ Academy. During their stay in Colombo they will greet Read More

Bangladesh Ambassadar His Ex Mr Riaz Hamidulla Meets Chairman SLPA

Bangladesh Ambassadar His Ex Mr Riaz Hamidulla Meets Chairman SLPA

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CSC takes delivery of second vessel today

CSC takes delivery of second vessel today

Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC) will take delivery of their second Bulk Vessel, Ceylon Princess at the Colombo Port today after a lapse of six years. The newly built ship has a net tonnage of 21,628 MT.The Corporation obtained US$ 70 mn from the People’s Bank at 5.5% + 06 Months LIBOR for bo Read More

World Children's Day - 2016

World Children's Day - 2016

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International Maritime Conference

International Maritime Conference

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Largest container carrier to call at Colombo Port

Largest container carrier to call at Colombo Port

The 19,224 teu MSC Maya, which will be the biggest cargo ship to enter the Port of Colombo when it berths at the CICT-managed Colombo South Terminal on September 16, 2016. One of the largest ships afloat is expected to call at the Colombo South Terminal of the Colombo Port for the first time, se Read More

MSC Maya calls the Port of Colombo

MSC Maya calls the Port of Colombo

MSC Maya the largest ever vessel to call Colombo with capacity 19,224 TEUS called at the Colombo International Container Terminal of the Port of Colombo recently. To commemorate the maiden call of the vessel at the Port of Colombo, plaque exchanges took place on board the vessel between the port, Read More

Maersk Line’s Triple-E liner to call on Colombo

Maersk Line’s Triple-E liner to call on Colombo

Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the Maersk Group will create history of sorts with the one of the world’s largest ships – The Triple - E liner calling on Colombo on September 23. Introduced in 2014, this ship is designed and built using state-of-the-art technology, w Read More

SLPA seeks to diversify transshipment business

SLPA seeks to diversify transshipment business

With a big increase in the number of mega-container carriers calling at the Colombo Port, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is keen to have a joint international marketing effort for the harbour together with the two private terminal operators, says SLPA Chairman Dammika Ranatunga in an inte Read More

‘Profit-making govt. institutions will not be sold’

‘Profit-making govt. institutions will not be sold’

President Maithripala Sirisena said, none of the profit-making government institutions will be sold to the private and there is no need for the port to be privatized. The President stated this attending the opening ceremony of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority’s CFS 1 Container Freight Station Read More

SLPA chief calls for independent regulator for ports sector

SLPA chief calls for independent regulator for ports sector

A top Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) official said the government must look at establishing an independent regulator for the country’s ports sector so that the debt-ridden institution can direct its focus towards the highly competitive global logistics industry. “In the short-term there i Read More

South Asia Maritime Forum in Colombo in September

South Asia Maritime Forum in Colombo in September

South Asia is interestingly getting international attention as a region that is poised to keep the global economic growth to sustain the momentum and help stabilise the current turmoil. The region is estimated to have GDP of over 2.6 trillion dollars and a population of over 1.7 billion with Read More

Sri Lanka Shippers' Council Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Shippers' Council Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Jobs for Sri Lankan sailors in Switzerland

Jobs for Sri Lankan sailors in Switzerland

Secretary of Ministry of Ports and Shipping L.P. Jayampathy claims that in the near future Sri Lankan sailors will get the opportunity to sail in Swiss flagged ships. With the presence of Director General Ajith Seneviratne and Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Heinz Walker-N Read More

Ceylon Shipping secures full-term certificates for ‘MV. Ceylon Breeze’ from DNV GL

Ceylon Shipping secures full-term certificates for ‘MV. Ceylon Breeze’ from DNV GL

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Singapore Port interested in investing in Colombo

Singapore Port interested in investing in Colombo

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Opening of the Northern Terminal

Opening of the Northern Terminal

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Sri Lanka ‘Maritime Week’ declared

Sri Lanka ‘Maritime Week’ declared

The Government of Sri Lanka for the very first time has declared a ‘Maritime Week’ in Sri Lanka from 21 to 27 September in line with World Maritime Day which falls on 24 September which will be observed by the International Maritime Organisation and United Nations worldwide. Ministe Read More

Port City: several steps taken by govt. on good intentions - CA

Port City: several steps taken by govt. on good intentions - CA

The Court of Appeal yesterday observed that the government has taken several steps with good intentions regarding the Colombo Port City Project and further viewed that Court could not intervene in such development projects. Court of Appeal President Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda made this rem Read More

SLPA extends 10% discount to Myanmar transshipment cargo

SLPA extends 10% discount to Myanmar transshipment cargo

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has decided to grant a ten percent discount for the shipping companies engaging in transhipment of Myanmar containers through the Colombo Port to attract more business from that region. Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga granted app Read More

ADB to help expand Colombo Port operations using PPP

ADB to help expand Colombo Port operations using PPP

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) yesterday signed a transaction advisory services agreement to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).  The signing was witnessed by ADB Presiden Read More

Sri Lanka under spotlight in Berlin as investment location

Sri Lanka under spotlight in Berlin as investment location

Tagesspiegel: Some of the approximately 300 participants of the German Sri Lankan Business Forum in Berlin felt like transferred to a fairy tale world, when Annette Heimlicher, CEO of the Swiss position sensor producer Contrinex, marvelled about her settlement experiences with the new Government of Read More

Three Mega Container Liners at JCT

Three Mega Container Liners at JCT

Three mega container ships, more than 300 metres long each, anchored alongside the Sri Lanka Ports Authority's Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) in the Colombo harbour creating a record in the history of the container terminal yesterday morning.  The ships are MSC Jo Read More

Merchant Shipping Secretariat awarded ISO 9001:2008

Merchant Shipping Secretariat awarded ISO 9001:2008

The shipping administration of Sri Lanka, Merchant Shipping Secretariat, was recently awarded with the ISO 9001:2008 standard certification by Sri Lanka Standard Institution Director System Certification T.G.G Dharmawardena at Merchant Shipping Secretariat office, Colombo 01.   Read More

A new service commences with  the JCT of SLPA  between Colombo and Myanmar

A new service commences with the JCT of SLPA between Colombo and Myanmar

MV Pathien Star of Continental Shipping Line  makes her inaugural call at the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority(SLPA) on 23.03.2016 under the new Colombo – Yangon service. The vessel called from Chennai, India is scheduled to leave Port Yangon of Myanmar. Read More

Tourist Information Counter opened on board MS Amsterdam

Tourist Information Counter opened on board MS Amsterdam

‘Amsterdam,’ the flagship of the Holland America Line, arrived in Colombo on 21 March.  The passenger vessel is on her Grand World Voyage 2016, started from Florida on 5 January and arrived at the Colombo Port on 21 March.  She had called at Hambantota P Read More

11 super luxury vessels called at Colombo Port last month

11 super luxury vessels called at Colombo Port last month

The number of passenger vessels calling at the Port of Colombo has increased with 11 super luxury passenger vessels calling at the passenger and other terminals during March 2016, the Ports Authority said. Among them were MV Cosalam Inosa, MV Costa Neoriviera, MV Island Sky, MV Rotterdam, M Read More

CICT attracts new shipping line to Port of Colombo

CICT attracts new shipping line to Port of Colombo

Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) the first and only deep water terminal in the Port of Colombo, has made another major breakthrough by attracting a new shipping line Interasia Lines Ltd. (IAL) to call at the Port of Colombo on a weekly schedule.  This n Read More

Geographic location, access to regional markets seen as top attractions for foreign investors

Geographic location, access to regional markets seen as top attractions for foreign investors

Sri Lanka’s close proximity to the East-West trading routes and the easy access to the regional markets in Asia are considered as top factors by investors looking to Invest in Sri Lanka, finds a survey conducted by the Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.  Read More

SL backs Maritime Silk Route

SL backs Maritime Silk Route

The government yesterday announced its fullest support for China's vital 'Sea and land' Silk route initiative.  China is aggressively promoting its 21st century Maritime Silk Route and has succeeded in persuading Sri Lanka to extend its support for the initiative. The deal Read More

Rohan to speak at Singapore Maritime Week 2016

Rohan to speak at Singapore Maritime Week 2016

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is the leading maritime event in Singapore driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). SMW gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things Read More

CICT represents Port of Colombo at Singapore Maritime Week

CICT represents Port of Colombo at Singapore Maritime Week

One of Sri Lanka’s largest hospitality brands, Jetwing Hotels, officially signed a cooperation agreement with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, to demonstrate climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling solutions in the country’s hotel indus Read More

Opening speech by the Chairman at the presentation of the

Opening speech by the Chairman at the presentation of the

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NYK Group highlights SL’s growth potential as a shipping hub

NYK Group highlights SL’s growth potential as a shipping hub

With Sri Lanka working towards establishing the country as a maritime hub in the region, the private sector is taking more initiative towards enhancing the potential of the people in the industry through better knowledge-sharing opportunities. One such forum was WISTA-CASA Asia Shipping Confer Read More

Teleconferencing Session for the development of East Container Terminal with ADB consultants

Teleconferencing Session for the development of East Container Terminal with ADB consultants

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Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan meeting with Chairman

Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan meeting with Chairman

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Ceylon Shipping secures full-term certificates for ‘MV. Ceylon Breeze’ from DNV GL

Ceylon Shipping secures full-term certificates for ‘MV. Ceylon Breeze’ from DNV GL

DNV GL, leading classification society with a 150-year-long tradition in the maritime industry and presence in over 100 countries, has added to its registry as of March, a new vessel built for Ceylon Shipping Corporation, a fully Government-owned commercial enterprise and company w Read More

Sri Lanka, Singapore ink deal to develop port city of Trincomalee

Sri Lanka, Singapore ink deal to develop port city of Trincomalee

Sri Lanka’s government and Singapore infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the port city of Trincomalee.  It will see Surbana detailing a long-term development plan for the Trincomalee metropolitan area and surr Read More

Singapore Port interested in investing in Colombo

Singapore Port interested in investing in Colombo

East Container Terminal: As the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) last week called for Expressions of Interest for the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port, the Business Observer learns that several key players have shown keen interest in coming to Colombo. senior government Read More

JCT accommodates two container ships

JCT accommodates two container ships

For the first time the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) accommodated two container ships which were of 685 meter length. The two ships Ningbo Express and MSC Luciana belonging to the MSC shipping company called on Colombo Port JCT 3 - 4 jetties simultaneously to obtain sentential serveries. The J Read More

Colombo Port's JCT handles 2 ships exceeding designed capacity of 660 metres

Colombo Port's JCT handles 2 ships exceeding designed capacity of 660 metres

Colombo Port's Jaya Container Terminal managed by Sri Lanka Ports Authority recently achieved a unique feat of handling two large ships which combined exceeded the terminal's length of 660 metres. This was when JCT served two ships together. One was MSC Luciana a Read More

Port & Shipping Ministry to host SOLAS convention

Port & Shipping Ministry to host SOLAS convention

The Ports and Shipping Ministry has decided to hold the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) convention for the first time in Sri Lanka from 1 July. According to Director General of Merchant and Shipping Ajith Seneviratne, being a member of the International Maritime Organisation was the main reas Read More

Second Colombo International Maritime Conference kik-starts in September

Second Colombo International Maritime Conference kik-starts in September

For the second consecutive year during the “Sri Lanka Maritime Week” in September, the Colombo International Maritime Conference better known as CIMC will be held from 21st to 23rd September in Colombo.  The event is conducted in association with the Ministry of Ports and S Read More

CSC’s second vessel Mv. Ceylon Princess delivered and ready to sail

CSC’s second vessel Mv. Ceylon Princess delivered and ready to sail

The newly built second bulk vessel of Ceylon Shipping Corporation named "Mv. Ceylon Princess", which was constructed at AVIC International shipyard at Wehai, China was delivered on 23rd of June in the presence of a distinguished gathering led by chairman, Shashi Dhanatunge and Nishan Read More

SLPA Terminals fully complied with VGM

SLPA Terminals fully complied with VGM

“Cargo information regarding a mandatory container gross mass verification has been  implemented in Sri Lankan Ports from 01st July 2016,” states  Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).  The Merchant Shipping Secretariat (MSS)und Read More

CICT supports national disaster recovery effort

CICT supports national disaster recovery effort

Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has presented the first batch of consignment of essential items required by flood victims in Sri Lanka, in support of national efforts to help displaced and affected families return to their homes. The consignment, valued at Rs 5 million, was provi Read More

New Year Celebration with Port Employees.

New Year Celebration with Port Employees.

PORTS AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN DAMMIKA RANATHUNGA EXTENDS NEW YEAR WISHES TO PORT EMPLOYEES. Read More

Trade facilitation: Breaking down barriers to international trade in Sri Lanka

Trade facilitation: Breaking down barriers to international trade in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has undertaken key initiatives to facilitate trade and transport over the years. Vital agencies in the trading process such as the Sri Lanka Customs and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority have taken measures to facilitate trade through the automation, infrastructure expansions and others. Wh Read More

Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga Makes Special Inspection Tour at Hambantota  MRMR Port

Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga Makes Special Inspection Tour at Hambantota MRMR Port

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Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Convenes Ministry & Port Officials to Draft 100 Day Port Programme

Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Convenes Ministry & Port Officials to Draft 100 Day Port Programme

Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga recently convened a special meeting  for the Ministry officials headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, newly appointed Board of Directors and higher Executive Staff Members of  Sri Lanka Ports A Read More

Colombo Port City promoter sets the record straight

Colombo Port City promoter sets the record straight

China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC), as the proponent of the Colombo Port City Project, yesterday issued a statement in what it described as “setting the record straight”. The full statement is as follows. CCCC wishes to extend its fullest corporation to the Governme Read More

Minister of Ports asks officials to draft 100 day programme

Minister of Ports asks officials to draft 100 day programme

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Arjuna Ranatunga recently convened a special meeting for Ministry officials headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, newly appointed Board of Directors and higher Executive Staff Members of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), of Read More

Colossal sum invested for H'tota Sea Port construction - Arjuna

Colossal sum invested for H'tota Sea Port construction - Arjuna

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Bangladesh and New Zealand High Commissioners visit Hon. Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga

Bangladesh and New Zealand High Commissioners visit Hon. Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga

A special meeting between the Hon.Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga and the High Commissioner  of Bangladesh Tharik Ashar and the High Commissioner of New Zealand Graham Morten was held on 05th  February 2015 a t the Ministry of  Ports, Shipping and Aviation.&n Read More

China charms new Govt.

China charms new Govt.

Sends assistant FM for talks on $ 5 b worth projects Says wants to understand policies of Sirisena administration Open to “mutually acceptable” solution on costs, “nothing to hide” in contracts, willing to engage openly Asks Govt. to talk about c Read More

Sri Lanka has enough cargo to service her own shipping industry

Sri Lanka has enough cargo to service her own shipping industry

Today we don’t have a shipping industry in this country. There isn’t a single locally owned ship to call our own," observes M.P. Gomis, a consultant in local and international shipping. In an interview with the Sunday Island, Gomis points out that the state support is imperative to Read More

World famous luxury cruise vessel Queen Mary 2 calls at Colombo

World famous luxury cruise vessel Queen Mary 2 calls at Colombo

RMS Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the Cunard Line, arrived in Colombo, on Friday 6 February. The vessel was on her world voyage 2015 and arrived in Colombo from the Port of Cochin in India. She left Colombo at 2000 hours towards her next port, Phuket in Thailand. Capt. L.N. Jayasooriya of Ship Read More

Mv. MARINE RELIANCE calls Hambantota Port

Mv. MARINE RELIANCE calls Hambantota Port

SEALS Company Ltd of Japan extended its Liner RO/RO service to Sri Lanka with its inaugural port call made by Mv. MARINE RELIANCE at Hambantota Port much recently.The service is to be continued  with a monthly call at Hambantota to discharge local and transshipment vehicles.  The local Read More

Wallem Lanka performs first OPL operation at H’tota anchorage

Wallem Lanka performs first OPL operation at H’tota anchorage

Wallem Lanka Ltd., under agency operations of Wallem Shipmanagement, managed vessel Mv Genco Carrier, a fully-loaded bulk carrier at Hambantota anchorage on 4 February while the vessel called for bunkering. Wallem was established in 1903 and the business units now comprise ship management and tec Read More

Priority for ‘Piya Puthu Foundation’ in recruitments to SLPA: Arjuna

Priority for ‘Piya Puthu Foundation’ in recruitments to SLPA: Arjuna

“Priority will be extended to the ‘Piya Puthu Foundation’ in recruiting employees to Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in future,” stated Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga. The Minister made the statement attending the recent productivity meeting of Read More

Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga made a special inspection visit to the Oluvil commercial port and fisheries harbour

Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga made a special inspection visit to the Oluvil commercial port and fisheries harbour

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Happy to see friendly ties between India and Sri Lanka - China

Happy to see friendly ties between India and Sri Lanka - China

Beijing: China on Tuesday reacted guardedly to new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's India visit, saying it is "happy to see" close and friendly relations between them and emphasised that sound ties among the three nations will be conducive to the entire region. "Sri Read More

Ceylon Chambers’ ‘Young Members Forum’ visits Colombo Port

Ceylon Chambers’ ‘Young Members Forum’ visits Colombo Port

The Young Members’ Forum of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently organized a visit to the Colombo Port, which was taken part by nearly 40 of its members. During the visit, the YMF members got a firsthand learning experience of the operations of the Colombo Port and also were able to view Read More

Port City sets the record straight

Port City sets the record straight

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Boosting Lanka’s tourism with innovative attractions

Boosting Lanka’s tourism with innovative attractions

Since the end of a three decade war in 2009 Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals have boomed reaching over 1.5 million last year and attracting earnings of 2.6 billion U.S. dollars, according to the Central Bank. Sri Lanka's continuing tourism success story,saw arrivals rise 18% in March this y Read More

Attention: Exporters & Importers

Attention: Exporters & Importers

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CICT facilitates weekly service of China’s national carrier CSCL to Port of Colombo

CICT facilitates weekly service of China’s national carrier CSCL to Port of Colombo

Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has made a major breakthrough for the Port of Colombo by attracting China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) to launch a brand new regular weekly service to the Port of Colombo. CSCL is the national container carrier of the People’s Republic of C Read More

Ceyline attracts giant Chinese shipping line for weekly service to Colombo Port

Ceyline attracts giant Chinese shipping line for weekly service to Colombo Port

CSCL ships plying West African route to stop over in Colombo  Mediterranean, South American and European routes to follow CSCL increasing presence in Indian subcontinent Reduction in freight  charges anticipated with improved container traffic China Shipping Container Lin Read More

Essential Guide For The Shipping Industry

Essential Guide For The Shipping Industry

Workshop On Port Tariff & Port Services On May 29 The Shippers’ Academy Colombo has organized a training programme on the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s latest & revised tariffs on port services. The port has many services providing to numerous stakeholders from ship to s Read More

Teamwork and collective decision making at SLPA: New Chairman

Teamwork and collective decision making at SLPA: New Chairman

A lack of transparency in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s core operations was a key challenge to its new management, a top official said this week. Lakdas Panagoda was made SLPA chairman in January 2015. With a background in engineering, business management and financial planning, the learn Read More

'Colombo Port City to begin work soon'

'Colombo Port City to begin work soon'

Colombo Port City, the biggest Chinese invested project in Sri Lanka will move on, Board of Investment Chairman, Upul Jayasuriya said. Speaking at the Sri Lanka China Business Forum and B2B Meetings he said that the project will be in action sooner than later. "There are some environmental i Read More

Shipping Corporation to see glory days

Shipping Corporation to see glory days

Moves are underway to bring the Ceylon Shipping Corporation Limited (CSCL) to its glory days aiming to contribute to the national economy, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said. With a view to becoming one of the key revenue generation institutions for the country, a five year a Read More

Colombo, Tuticorin ferry service to be revived

Colombo, Tuticorin ferry service to be revived

Sri Lanka will once again speak to the Indian government in a bid to renew the Colombo,Tuticorin (India) ferry service, Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister, Arjuna Ranatunge said. Speaking at the Ceylon Shipping Corporation's 44th anniversary, he said the shipping service could offer numero Read More

Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) launched

Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) launched

Over 25 internationally renowned speakers will address the Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) 2015. Over 25 internationally renowned speakers will address the Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) 2015. - See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=business/colombo-internatio Read More

Lot Of Investors For Hambantota ­- Arjuna Ranatunga

Lot Of Investors For Hambantota ­- Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping along with Rohan Masakorala, CEO, Shippers Academy Colombo (R) launching the website for the Colombo International Maritime Conference There are many who are willing to invest in Hambantota. It had happ Read More

Colombo Intl. Maritime Conference to address growing regional trade potential: JOC.com

Colombo Intl. Maritime Conference to address growing regional trade potential: JOC.com

JOC.com Executive Editor to speak in Colombo for CIMC 2015 Mark Szakonyi Mark Szakonyi is the Executive Editor of JOC.com, a subscription-based portal for news, analysis, data and research pertaining to containerized shipping and other forms of freight transport. JO Read More

Port city project to start soon: Arjuna

Port city project to start soon: Arjuna

Work on the Colombo Port City project will begin soon as it has not been cancelled, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga informed Parliament yesterday. The Minister said work on the project was suspended as there were some serious issues pertaining to the legality as well as environment i Read More

Ports Minister vows to go ahead with Colombo Port City project

Ports Minister vows to go ahead with Colombo Port City project

he government would not abandon USD 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project though its work had currently been suspended owing to some issues, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga told Parliament yesterday. He said that there were certain issues to be addressed and remedied first before r Read More

CICT takes steps to reduce carbon footprint

CICT takes steps to reduce carbon footprint

Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd., (CICT) the first and only deep-water terminal in the whole of South Asia, that is capable of handling the largest ultra-large container carriers afloat, with their super infra-structure and massive ship to shore gantry cranes, has now taken the initi Read More

A Panamanian registered container carrier arrived at the Colombo port

A Panamanian registered container carrier arrived at the Colombo port

A Panamanian registered container carrier last week arrived at the Colombo port after experiencing severe difficulties due to a storm in the Arabian sea. The vessel left after Sri Lankan experts worked under trying circumstances to ‘straighten out’ containers. The vessel was on its way Read More

CICT becomes green port with US$ 10 m initiative

CICT becomes green port with US$ 10 m initiative

For the first time in the region, Colombo International Container Terminals, (CICT) has taken the initiative to provide leadership for the “green-port” concept, in the Colombo Port . With an initial capital expenditure of over US$ 10 million, this initiative taken by CICT has demons Read More

Arjuna flags off key development for Hambantota Port phase two

Arjuna flags off key development for Hambantota Port phase two

A ceremony where the basin of the Hambantota Port was filled with sea water, as part of the port’s second phase of development, was held on 11 July in the presence of Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.  Along with the minister, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Acting Chair Read More

LIOC begins bunkering at Trincomalee port

LIOC begins bunkering at Trincomalee port

Lanka IOC PLC (LIOC), the Sri Lankan subsidiary of India’s largest oil refiner Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC), has begun bunkering operations in the Trincomalee port. “So many ships are now interested in taking fuel in Trinco, because Trinco falls on the main route—from the Read More

Sri Lanka Ports Authority Celebrates 36th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Ports Authority Celebrates 36th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) celebrated the 36th anniversary on 01st August 2015. A special function was held at the ‘Sri Sambuddajayanthi Chaithya’ Premises in commemoration of the event with the initiative of the Hon Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga. Speaking a Read More

Two Japanese naval ships in Colombo

Two Japanese naval ships in Colombo

Two Japanese naval ships, "Ikazuchi" and "Murasame", arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill and supply visit yesterday. They were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival. The Head of the Mission, Commander Escort Division One, C Read More

Brand New ‘K’ Line Car Carrier M/V ‘HELIOS HIGHWAY’ Calls at Hambantota Port on Maiden visit

Brand New ‘K’ Line Car Carrier M/V ‘HELIOS HIGHWAY’ Calls at Hambantota Port on Maiden visit

K ‘Line brand new car carrier MV HELIOS HIGHWAY  with a load of vehicles from Japan made the maiden call at Port of Hambantota on 19th August 2015. In order to mark the occasion a plaque ceremony had been organized on board the vessel between the General Manager of the Port of Hambantota Read More

Colombo International Maritime Conference 2015 from Sept. 24 – 26 SL Maritime Sector Yet To Harness Full Potential India-Sri Lanka Maritime Forum on Sept. 24

Colombo International Maritime Conference 2015 from Sept. 24 – 26 SL Maritime Sector Yet To Harness Full Potential India-Sri Lanka Maritime Forum on Sept. 24

The Maritime Industry is getting ready for a week of activity with the declaration of the first ever maritime week in Sri Lanka by the government from September 21 to 27, 2015 – in line with the World Maritime Day UN observance on September 24 – with the main focus on the Colombo Interna Read More

Lanka, India, Myanmar Feeder Service begins

Lanka, India, Myanmar Feeder Service begins

Herbilan Shipping Pvt. Ltd, for the first time in Sri Lankan shipping industry launch a feeder service linking Sri Lanka with India and Myanmar yesterday at the Colombo Port. They would use M V HERBILAN SUCCESS vessel for this service. “We are going to help Port Of Colombo to increase the t Read More

Colombo Port City Project: No threat of coastal erosion, say experts

Colombo Port City Project: No threat of coastal erosion, say experts

Sri Lanka has a lengthy coastline of 1,585 km and in the recent years, it has been estimated that over 50% of the shoreline is subject to or at least threatened by coastal erosion. This can be attributed to both wind and water action as they play an important role in causing coastal erosion. Both Read More

Commonwealth Secretariat extends support for Colombo International Maritime Conference

Commonwealth Secretariat extends support for Colombo International Maritime Conference

The Commonwealth Secretariat, of which President Maithripala Sirisena is the current chair, has extended its support to the Colombo International Maritime Conference-CIMC which will be inaugurated in Colombo on 24 September on World Maritime Day, where the Government of Sri Lanka has declared a Mari Read More

A dockyard at Hambantota Port

A dockyard at Hambantota Port

The government in a bid to make the Hambantota Port a viable commercial venture, has decided to develop dockyard facilities at the port at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 billion. A Chinese Company has responded positively to Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s call for expression of Read More

Colombo Port container handling volumes up

Colombo Port container handling volumes up

Container handling progressing at Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) on a gloomy evening in the backdrop of temporarily halted Colombo Port City project.   Total container volume handled at the Colombo Port in the first five months of this year increased 3.5 percent to 418,244 T Read More

Colombo Port container handling volumes up

Colombo Port container handling volumes up

Container handling progressing at Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) on a gloomy evening in the backdrop of temporarily halted Colombo Port City project.   Total container volume handled at the Colombo Port in the first five months of this year increased 3.5 percent to 418,244 T Read More

SLAITO takes initiative to make Sri Lanka turnaround destination for cruise tourism

SLAITO takes initiative to make Sri Lanka turnaround destination for cruise tourism

In an aggressive and a positive approach, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) has decided to initiate a strategy to develop cruise tourism of the country which would have multiple and ripple effects to the tourism industry and the economic development of the country. The init Read More

Sri Lanka welcomes largest container vessel to Colombo Port

Sri Lanka welcomes largest container vessel to Colombo Port

Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga emphasised that the government would develop the ports in the island to fame Sri Lanka as one of the top container hubs in Asia. He said that welcoming ‘Marco Polo’, the first largest container vessel to Colombo Port recently. The minister sai Read More

Inaugural Colombo Maritime Conference concludes

Inaugural Colombo Maritime Conference concludes

The inaugural Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) concluded on Saturday, with several key topics pertaining to the South Asian maritime industry discussed over the course of the three-day conference. Ninety per cent of the world’s trade is moved through shipping, and with Sri L Read More

SAGT, No.1 for Terminal productivity in South Asia, No. 4 in the world

SAGT, No.1 for Terminal productivity in South Asia, No. 4 in the world

SAGT is recognized by the Journal of Commerce (JOC USA) in its annual Terminal Productivity Ranking 2014 as being the No. 1 ranked in South Asia and No. 4 in the world. SAGT is the first private container terminal operator in the Port of Colombo commencing in 1999. It consists of four sharehold Read More

HC Line Male-Colombo Express Service debuts today

HC Line Male-Colombo Express Service debuts today

SAGTHC Line has announced its Malé-Colombo Express Service, to increase feeder connectivity via the Port of Colombo starting from Monday (12 October). The company will provide its customers with a unique, customer-friendly experience for the Colombo-Male sea transportation industry. HC Lin Read More

CSC’s ‘MV Ceylon Breeze’ nearing completion

CSC’s ‘MV Ceylon Breeze’ nearing completion

Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), which hails from a highly reputed past as a ship-owning entity in the South Asian region is witnessing the completion of its new break bulk vessel that is under construction in a Chinese shipyard. Recently, another important milestone was reached in its constructio Read More

CICT to invest US$ 40 m for Green Por

CICT to invest US$ 40 m for Green Por

Colombo International Container Terminal Limited (CICT) will invest US$ 40 million to convert it to be the first Green container terminal in the region. CICT Chief Executive Officer,Nelson Liu speaking to Daily News Business said this will be completed in less than two years. “No doubt t Read More

President thanks China for continued assistance

President thanks China for continued assistance

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday expressed his deep appreciation to China for providing continuous assistance for development of the island nation. “When we travel across Colombo as well as around the country we can see many development projects funded by the government of China,& Read More

Mv. Sima Giselle calls the Port of Colombo

Mv. Sima Giselle calls the Port of Colombo

“SLPA will perform the best to make the callers’ stay comfortable with standardised facilities at the port” – SLPA Chairman Dammika Ranathunge states. Read More

Colombo call by Mega SIMATECH carrier

Colombo call by Mega SIMATECH carrier

Mv. Sima Giselle docked at the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority.  SIMATECH Shipping LLC, the world's 27th largest carrier (Alphaliner - October 2015 ranking) celebrated its brand new Mv. Sima Giselle's maiden port call here on October 19 at the Jaya Contai Read More

Colombo Among Top 10 Ports On Facebook

Colombo Among Top 10 Ports On Facebook

Colombo is among the Top 10 Ports on Facebook with most number of likes, according to Spire, a satellite-data company that offers trade monitoring, asset tracking and general maritime domain awareness services, which has delivered its 2015 Social Media Re-Port. The report provides a first-ever Read More

Slack export demand, cause

Slack export demand, cause

Ceylon Finance Today: Slack demand in Sri Lanka's major importing economies have seen box rates fall steeply by between 50%- 75% in the last two years, causing a cash crunch to the island's shipping industry, market sources who didn't want to be named told Ceylon FT yesterday. As a Read More

SAGT supports Aqua Vida: South Asia’s largest beach sports festival in Sri Lanka

SAGT supports Aqua Vida: South Asia’s largest beach sports festival in Sri Lanka

SAGT is supporting the inaugural edition of ‘Aqua Vida’ scheduled to be held in Negombo, bringing together over 700 athletes in an exciting and fun-filled festival with live entertainment and activities. The beach sports festival will include a wide range of sports including beach f Read More

PF leads delegation to Maritime Silk Road Conference

PF leads delegation to Maritime Silk Road Conference

The first event of the Pathfinder Foundation’s newly established ‘China-Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre’ (CSLCSC) was held in Shanghai, from 5-6 November and was attended by a 13-member Sri Lanka delegation and a group of senior Chinese scholars and former ambassadors represen Read More

Sri Lanka Ship Suppliers  Association - 40th anniversary

Sri Lanka Ship Suppliers Association - 40th anniversary

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CICT Attracting Larger Vessels

CICT Attracting Larger Vessels

The new facilities of the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), the only port in the South Asian region with a deepwater terminal that can accommodate vessels as big as 18,000 teu container ships, is attracting large vessels and higher volumes of trade. Higher efficiency and faster Read More

Laugfs invest $80m for South Asia’s largest import/export LPG terminal

Laugfs invest $80m for South Asia’s largest import/export LPG terminal

·  Signs construction deal with Chinese specialist firm ·  Aims to re-export 60% of LPG to regional markets ·  SL to witness significant economic impacts energy, shipping and exports ·  Plans Read More

Mein Schiff 1 cruise ship visits Colombo

Mein Schiff 1 cruise ship visits Colombo

Mein Schiff 1, a Century class cruise ship, owned and operated by TUI Cruises, arrived in Colombo yesterday. Having sailed from Mumbai on 15 November, she berthed at the Unity Container Terminal in the Colombo Port at 0700 Hrs last morning.  Built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Ger Read More

TUI Line’s Super Luxury Passenger Cruiser MV Mein Schiff 1 Calls Colombo

TUI Line’s Super Luxury Passenger Cruiser MV Mein Schiff 1 Calls Colombo

MV Mein Schiff 1, a Century class cruise ship, owned and operated by TUI Cruises, arrived in Colombo yesterday. Having sailed from Mumbai on 15th November, she berthed at the Unity Container Terminal of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)  at 0700 Hrs, last morning. Built at Meyer Werft ship Read More

Mr. Sarathkumara Premachandra appointed as the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Mr. Sarathkumara Premachandra appointed as the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Mr. Sarathkumara Premachandra is appointed as the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The official appointment was handed over to Mr. Premachandra by Hon. Minister of Port and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga at a special meeting that took place at SLPA on 03rd December 2015. Prior to Read More

China welcomes progress on Colombo Port City Project

China welcomes progress on Colombo Port City Project

A senior official from the Chinese Foreign Ministry recently said that the new Sri Lankan Government had expressed its commitment towards the Colombo Prot City Project, adding that they welcomed the decision. Justifying the delay in the recommencement of the much discussed $ 1.5 billion Colombo Read More

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The national LPG (liquid petroleum gas) company has exhibited a significant sales growth of above 30% in the domestic market during the first 10 months of this year. This complements with the imposed price reductions by the Government. The recent decision taken by the Government to reduce the pri Read More

M/S/Europa calls the Port of Hambantota

M/S/Europa calls the Port of Hambantota

The 400 passenger capacity luxury  passenger vessel M/S/Europa called at the Port of Hambantota today 15th December 2015. The vessel is expected to leave the port to Ko Phi Phi Islands in Thailand this evening. The current voyages of the vessel include a 154 days world cruise  fr Read More

Herbilan Group launches second feeder service

Herbilan Group launches second feeder service

Capitalizing on the success of Sri Lanka’s the first ever feeder service linking Sri Lanka with India and Myanmar,the Herbilan Group launched their second service yesterday. The total investment for the project is US$100 million. Herbilan Shipping Chairman, Herbi Silva said that the first s Read More

For the first time in history the Port of Colombo  reaches 5 million containers

For the first time in history the Port of Colombo reaches 5 million containers

For the first time in history the Port of Colombo reaches 05 million container operations. To mark the ocassion, a ceremony will be held tomorrow, Monday 21st December 2015 at the Jaya Container Terminal  of Sri Lanka Ports Authority , with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Port and Shipping Ar Read More

CINEC represents Sri Lanka in IORA project in Australia

CINEC represents Sri Lanka in IORA project in Australia

The Department of Education and Training of the Australian Government has engaged Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) to undertake a project with a number of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) countries to address the skills needs and develop occupational standards within the po Read More

Colombo port achieves 5 mn containers target

Colombo port achieves 5 mn containers target

Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga revealed that they were in an attempt to bring the Colombo port among the world’s top 20 ports by the end of 2016. Speaking at the celebration of achieving 5 million containers arrivals at Colombo Port, minister said that the valuable effort a Read More

Colombo Port records 13% growth in vessel arrivals

Colombo Port records 13% growth in vessel arrivals

Ship arrivals at the Colombo port in the first 11 months have increased by 13% to 3,854 in comparison to the corresponding period of last year. According to Ports and Shipping Ministry data, the overall container ship arrivals to the Colombo Port have increased by 12.7% to 3,333 in 2015. The bulk Read More

A number of steps to develop port sector in the year 2016

A number of steps to develop port sector in the year 2016

Sri Lanka Ports Authority commenced its operations and services  for the new year 2016 with priority to religious observances.  The main function was held with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga and with the participation of the Chairman of Sri Lanka Por Read More

Colombo Port to be among top 20 soon - Minister

Colombo Port to be among top 20 soon - Minister

Port and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranathunga said he plans to bring the Colombo Port to be among the top 20 global container ports. He said every possible step has been taken to facilitate all employees and staff of the institution to perform their fullest duty towards Sri Lanka Ports Authority w Read More

SLPA earns record income of Rs. 40 million from auctioned vehicles

SLPA earns record income of Rs. 40 million from auctioned vehicles

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has earned a record income of Rs. 40 million from auctioning over 50 decommissioned pool vehicles. The SLPA Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga on the instructions of Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga auctioned the vehicles and 33 related equipment. E Read More

Port City - Minimal impact on granite resources in the Western Province

Port City - Minimal impact on granite resources in the Western Province

The recently released Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) has revealed that the Port City will have a minimal impact on rranite resources in the Western Province In a detailed study in the recently released Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment(SEIA) report of the Port Ci Read More

SL Maritime Sector communication facilities to meet its potential by 2020

SL Maritime Sector communication facilities to meet its potential by 2020

Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday revealed that the Government would be able to upgrade the communication facilities of maritime sector to meet its potential by 2020. Minister stressed that participating at the official website launch of Ministry of Ports and Shipping yesterd Read More

The Large Brand New K Line Car Carrier M/V 'HYPERION HIGHWAY' makes her Maiden visit to the Port of Hambantota

The Large Brand New K Line Car Carrier M/V 'HYPERION HIGHWAY' makes her Maiden visit to the Port of Hambantota

Plaques being exchanged between the Chief Operations Manager of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Mr.Nimal Jayatissa and Master of M/V 'HYPERION HIGHWAY' Capt D Milko Sredovski on board. General Manager of the Port of Hambantota Mr.Sarath Perera, AGM of the Port of Hamba Read More

Hambantota Port sees increase in transshipment

Hambantota Port sees increase in transshipment

Transhipment at the Hambantota port has increased by 42 percent when compared with last month. Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga after an inspection tour of the sea port said that transshipment from Hambantota sea port to other destinations has gained popularity among exporters in f Read More

Indian aircraft carrier in Colombo

Indian aircraft carrier in Colombo

India's largest naval ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, will visit Colombo from today until January 23 January. The INS Vikramaditya will be accompanied by a destroyer, INS Mysore. The ships are transiting from the West Coast of India to the city of Visakhapatnam on the East Read More

Training   Home / News / Events    ULCCs boost Port of Colombo volume

Training Home / News / Events ULCCs boost Port of Colombo volume

IColombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) has set another milestone by closing 2015 with an impressive 1.561 million teus, with the ULCC (Ultra Large Container Carrier) and VLCC (Very large Container Carrier) segments making a 67 percent contribution to this volume.  Read More

CICT mega liners boost Colombo Port volumes

CICT mega liners boost Colombo Port volumes

Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) has set another milestone by closing 2015 with an impressive 1.561 million teus, with the ULCC (Ultra Large Container Carrier) and VLCC (Very large Container Carrier) segments making a 67% contribution to this volume. CICT is the first a Read More

The National Week and Special Day of Sport and Physical Health improvement enacted

The National Week and Special Day of Sport and Physical Health improvement enacted

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) productively enact the National Week and Special Day of Sport and Physical Health improvement organized by the Ministry of Sports under instructions by His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena. To mark the occasion, a health walk was conducted  wi Read More

Lanka sets record in used car exports

Lanka sets record in used car exports

The government will call for local and international proposals for the Hambantota Port’s Industrial Zone. A special Negotiating Committee and a Project Committee to evaluate and to discuss with investors too would be formulated to maintain transparency. The environmental study done Read More

Home / News / Events    Port City: several steps taken by govt. on good intentions - CA

Home / News / Events Port City: several steps taken by govt. on good intentions - CA

The Court of Appeal yesterday observed that the government has taken several steps with good intentions regarding the Colombo Port City Project and further viewed that Court could not intervene in such development projects. Court of Appeal President Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda made this rem Read More

ULCCs Boost Colombo Port Volume

ULCCs Boost Colombo Port Volume

   CICT, region’s only deep water terminal, attracts largest vessels plying the East-        West route; contributes a third of Colombo Port’s throughput Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT) has set another miles Read More

Colombo Port TUEs volume handling achieves significant growth

Colombo Port TUEs volume handling achieves significant growth

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) revealed that the total container volume handled at the Colombo Port during January 2016 has increased by 3.6% to 197,228 TEUs compared with the same period of 2015 reported for 1,950,285 TUEs. It further revealed that progress was achieved during the ti Read More

Hambantota Port Welcome largest cruise ship

Hambantota Port Welcome largest cruise ship

Hambantota Port received its first ever biggest cruise ship-MS Rotterdam, belonging to the American Line shipping company yesterday, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. There were1,400 passengers and 600 crew on the vessel. Measuring 238 m in length and comprises of 600 staff, MS Rotterdam is a l Read More

Hambantota port has high tourism potential – Captain Carsjens

Hambantota port has high tourism potential – Captain Carsjens

The Captain of the MS Rotterdam-the first ever largest cruise ship Marco Carsien called at Hambantota Port, emphasized that the Hambantota port have high potential to boost the tourism sector of Sri Lanka. He said the port was also famous as a green port, among tourists. Describing his first impr Read More

Arjuna promotes open dialogue to address ports, maritime and shipping issues

Arjuna promotes open dialogue to address ports, maritime and shipping issues

An open dialogue should be held to address issues in the ports, maritime and shipping sector, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said. The minister was addressing the first meeting of the Inter-Agency Coordination Committee on Ports, Shipping and Maritime Affairs at the Ministry A Read More

Asian Ports dominate in container traffic in the world

Asian Ports dominate in container traffic in the world

Hong Kong and Singapore suffer due to less Asia-Europe volumes and lower bunker prices Read More

Sri Lanka firms up in shipping: Shippers’ Academy Colombo

Sri Lanka firms up in shipping: Shippers’ Academy Colombo

Amidst a tough external and domestic environment, Sri Lanka’s shipping industry has grown beyond expectations. The growth in ship arrivals, growth in tonnage and the growth in throughput have all reached positive numbers by the end of 2015.  Considering the tremendous challenges Read More

Colombo Port handles highest-ever daily volume of 22,422 TEUs

Colombo Port handles highest-ever daily volume of 22,422 TEUs

The Colombo Port has achieved its highest-ever daily handling of 22,422 TEUs on 9 February, surpassing the previous best of 22,186 recorded on 28 April last year. The Ministry of Ports and Shipping said yesterday the recorded volume handled was from 22 vessels on a single day, 10 of which s Read More

Colombo port achieves historic growth in container handling

Colombo port achieves historic growth in container handling

The Colombo Port has recorded its first highest daily container handling volume to 22,422 TEUs on February 9,the Sri Lanka Ports Authority(SLPA) said yesterday. The previous highest volume 22,186 containers was reported by the SLPA on April 28, 2015. The recorded container volume was rec Read More

The Ship for World Youth Leaders

The Ship for World Youth Leaders

The ceremony to welcome world youth leaders participating in “The Ship for World Youth Leaders” took place at the Colombo Harbour yesterday. Picture shows the Nippon Maru ship reaching the harbour carrying 243 youth from 11 countries participating in the programme. (DM - 15022016) Read More

President visits Japanese ‘Ship of the World’ Nippon Maru

President visits Japanese ‘Ship of the World’ Nippon Maru

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday visited the Japanese cruise ship Nippon Maru, which had arrived at the Colombo Port. The Nippon Maru is carrying a contingent of over 243 youth of various nationalities including Sri Lankan, as part of the ‘Ship for World Youth’ (SWY) pro Read More

Terminals  	 Training  	  Home / News / Events    PPP for port development

Terminals Training Home / News / Events PPP for port development

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is on the lookout for an appropriate shipping company or a terminal operator to take over 49% of remaining shares of the East Container Terminal (ECT) of which the main shareholder is the SLPA. Developments of this nature are called public-private partnershi Read More

SLPA extends 10% discount to Myanmar transshipment cargo

SLPA extends 10% discount to Myanmar transshipment cargo

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has decided to grant a ten percent discount for the shipping companies engaging in transhipment of Myanmar containers through the Colombo Port to attract more business from that region. Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga granted app Read More

PORT CITY PROJECT TO BEGIN GOVT. PROPOSES AMENDMENTS

PORT CITY PROJECT TO BEGIN GOVT. PROPOSES AMENDMENTS

The Government has more or less given the green light for the Colombo Port City Project, with the original agreement amended by reducing the extent of land to be reclaimed from the sea and without any part of this area granted to China on a freehold basis, a minister said yesterday. T Read More

ADB to help expand Colombo Port operations using PPP

ADB to help expand Colombo Port operations using PPP

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) yesterday signed a transaction advisory services agreement to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).  The signing was witnessed by ADB Presiden Read More

A taskforce to advise on shipping issues is the need of the hour: ICS Chair

A taskforce to advise on shipping issues is the need of the hour: ICS Chair

Following is the speech delivered by Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) - UK Sri Lanka Branch Chairman Lalith Witanachchi at the organisation’s 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony. Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranat Read More

Terminals  	 Training  	  Home / News / Events    Sri Lanka under spotlight in Berlin as investment location

Terminals Training Home / News / Events Sri Lanka under spotlight in Berlin as investment location

Tagesspiegel: Some of the approximately 300 participants of the German Sri Lankan Business Forum in Berlin felt like transferred to a fairy tale world, when Annette Heimlicher, CEO of the Swiss position sensor producer Contrinex, marvelled about her settlement experiences with the new Government of Read More

Trinco Port records Rs. 9 mn income increased by developing weight operation system

Trinco Port records Rs. 9 mn income increased by developing weight operation system

The Port of Trincomalee has recorded Rs. 9 million of increased income during the last two months by re-establishing the weigh bridge system at port. The total income received by the port was reported as at Rs.71 million for the said period. The port introduced Weig Read More

Terminals  	 Training  	  Home / News / Events    Three Mega Container Liners at JCT

Terminals Training Home / News / Events Three Mega Container Liners at JCT

Three mega container ships, more than 300 metres long each, anchored alongside the Sri Lanka Ports Authority's Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) in the Colombo harbour creating a record in the history of the container terminal yesterday morning.  The ships are MSC Jo Read More

Merchant Shipping Secretariat awarded ISO 9001:2008

Merchant Shipping Secretariat awarded ISO 9001:2008

The shipping administration of Sri Lanka, Merchant Shipping Secretariat, was recently awarded with the ISO 9001:2008 standard certification by Sri Lanka Standard Institution Director System Certification T.G.G Dharmawardena at Merchant Shipping Secretariat office, Colombo 01.   Read More

A new service commences with  the JCT of SLPA  between Colombo and Myanmar

A new service commences with the JCT of SLPA between Colombo and Myanmar

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Tourist Information Counter opened on board MS Amsterdam

Tourist Information Counter opened on board MS Amsterdam

‘Amsterdam,’ the flagship of the Holland America Line, arrived in Colombo on 21 March.  The passenger vessel is on her Grand World Voyage 2016, started from Florida on 5 January and arrived at the Colombo Port on 21 March.  She had called at Hambantota P Read More

SAGT ranked first in S.Asia, fourth in the world

SAGT ranked first in S.Asia, fourth in the world

SAGT Chief Commercial Officer Ted Muttiah and Commercial and Marketing Manager Dhashma Karunaratne presented plaque to Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga marking the occasion. Read More

More Passenger Vessels Calls at the Port of Colombo

More Passenger Vessels Calls at the Port of Colombo

The number of passenger vessels calling at the Port of Colombo has increased. According to recent reports during the month of March 2016, 11 super luxury passenger vessels have called at the passenger terminal and other terminals of the Port of Colombo.  Among them were  Read More

President visits Japanese ‘Ship of the World’ Nippon Maru

President visits Japanese ‘Ship of the World’ Nippon Maru

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday visited the Japanese cruise ship Nippon Maru, which had arrived at the Colombo Port. The Nippon Maru is carrying a contingent of over 243 youth of various nationalities including Sri Lankan, as part of the ‘Ship for World Youth’ (SWY) pro Read More

PPP for port development

PPP for port development

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is on the lookout for an appropriate shipping company or a terminal operator to take over 49% of remaining shares of the East Container Terminal (ECT) of which the main shareholder is the SLPA. Developments of this nature are called public-private partnershi Read More

For the first time in history the Port of Colombo  reaches 5 million containers

For the first time in history the Port of Colombo reaches 5 million containers

For the first time in history the Port of Colombo reaches 05 million container operations. To mark the ocassion, a ceremony will be held tomorrow, Monday 21st December 2015 at the Jaya Container Terminal  of Sri Lanka Ports Authority , with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Port and Shipping Ar Read More

Herbilan Group launches second feeder service

Herbilan Group launches second feeder service

Capitalizing on the success of Sri Lanka’s the first ever feeder service linking Sri Lanka with India and Myanmar,the Herbilan Group launched their second service yesterday. The total investment for the project is US$100 million. Herbilan Shipping Chairman, Herbi Silva said that the first s Read More

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