EditorJanuary 8, 2018


Leading global logistics provider, Expolanka Freight (EFL) once again set a new industry benchmark with the obtaining of ISO 14064 certification for the second consecutive year in recognition of its outstanding efforts in recording, monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its entire scope of operations.

EFL’s ISO 14064 certification further consolidates the company’s position as a leader in the field of sustainability within the logistics sector, having been the first logistics service provider (LSP) in Sri Lanka to have obtained ISO status in 2016.

“EFL’s success in once again obtaining ISO 14064 certification stands as further evidence of our firm commitment to driving sustainable business practices across the entire scope of our operations. Our certification further cements EFL’s place as a true leader in sustainability,” Jagath Pathirana – Chief Administration Officer Expolanka Holdings PLC said.

In total, EFL recorded GHG emissions of 7314.63 tCO2e across all its 10 operational locations across the country during the fiscal year ended March 2017. Primary contributors to this value were Hired Vehicles, Company Owned Vehicles, and Leased Vehicles for Cargo Warehousing and Trucking Purposes, which were 72.3%, 5.5% and 2.3% of the total emissions respectively. In total, this accounts for 80.1% of the total GHG emissions of the company.

“Given that our industry tends to have a larger carbon footprint that others in the service sector, we are pleased to report that EFL has continued to make progress in terms of reducing its emissions over the past year. These efforts are reflected in a reduction of Scope 1 emissions by 73.03 tCO2e while emissions generated from purchased electricity was reduced by 192.60 tCO2e reflecting the growing contributions of our investment into solar power at the EFL campus.

“Moving forward, we will endeavor to maintain and further improve on these impressive achievements, as part of an overarching strategy to encourage and foster sustainable practices such as the formulation of Carbon Management Plans and stringent carbon accounting across the entire freight and logistics sector,” Jagath added.

The EFL Campus location has been successfully generating electricity using solar power since it was first established in September 2016. Solar energy generation during the period from September 2016 to March 2017 stood at 460,256 kWh in turn enabling emissions reductions of 171.17 tCO2e during the assessment period.

EditorNovember 23, 2017


Guests and senior officials of CICT at the commissioning of the E-RTGs (from right): Mr Ray Ren, CEO of CICT, Dr Parakrama Dissanayake, Chairman SLPA, Mr Chen Jiaqing, Managing Director ZPMC International Group, Mr. P. G. Dassanayake, Vice Chairman SLPA, Mr Hang Tian, Chairman of CICT, Mr Ma Yong, General Manager CMPort, Mr Raymond Mu, CFO of CICT and Mr Zhang Yihe, General Manager Haiqin.

EditorNovember 13, 2017


Hayleys Advantis Limited recently completed the second programme in their capacity building initiative under the theme ‘Inspiring Logistics in Sri Lanka’. The programme was launched earlier this year to uplift the local logistics sector by bridging the gap between academic qualifications and corporate requirements. The company is working towards developing a competent, productive and skilled workforce to uplift trade standards and improve the global competitiveness of Sri Lanka.

The latest programme involved a field visit to the Port of Colombo and gave the opportunity for 60 students from the University of Moratuwa and Kothalawala Defense University to observe and learn first-hand how the port operates. Participants were briefed on standard operations at the port, ROI, procedures, planned future developments and were also given an operational tour of the port by Upul Jayatissa, Chief Manager – Marketing & Business Development, and Chitral Jayawarna, Senior Manager – Marketing & Business Development, Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

Commenting on the programme, Upul Jayatissa said, “We are delighted to be a part of this initiative that strives to shape the next generation of skilled logisticians and take this sector to the next level. Due to Sri Lanka’s strategic geographical positioning investment in this sector is imperative, if we are to take full advantage of every opportunity afforded to us and this should begin with talent development. This also fits in with the Government’s plans to make Sri Lanka a key logistics hub in the region.”

Speaking about the event, Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director of Hayleys Advantis, said, “There is great potential for the logistics sector to contribute further towards the transformation of the country. This potential can be achieved through strategic investments in developing the skills necessary to navigate and capitalize on the future of the industry. We are thankful to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority for providing great insight into how the Port of Colombo functions and helping shape the minds of tomorrow. This programme looks to not only teach but to inspire the next generation of logisticians.”

This was the second in a series of sessions planned to share knowledge and build capacity towards energizing the logistics industry in Sri Lanka, with many more workshops, internship programmes and discussions scheduled to take place throughout the rest of the year. These will be conducted free of charge for graduates, undergraduates and employees related to the industry in the hope of uplifting the logistics sphere in Sri Lanka.

EditorNovember 5, 2017


Game-changing innovation set to revolutionise the construction industry

D.P. Jayasinghe Piling Co. (Pvt) Limited, one of the leading companies in the field of construction, and piling in Sri Lanka, unveiled a game changing innovation for the local construction industrywith the launch of Sri Lanka’s first and only 3000mm diameter drilling rig at a ceremony held at the Waters Edge recently.

The launch, graced by General Manager of BAUER Equipment Malaysia Robert Neukaeuper and Upali Jayasinghe – Chairman/Managing Director of D.P. Jayasinghe Piling Co., and was witnessed by a large number of industry experts, including leading engineers, consultants, as well as top management teams from several private organisations and government institutions related to the construction industry.

Manufactured by BAUER Maschinen Group of Germany, the Bauer BG 39 hydraulic drilling rig is expected to take Sri Lanka’s construction industry to the next level in terms of quality, speed, flexibility and convenience. Powered by a CAT C 15 engine that produces 433 kW a 1,850 rpm, the BG 39 includes a maximum drilling diameter of 3000mm and a maximum drilling depth of 60m. It boasts of 389 kNm torque and is capable of completing pile boring within shorter time periods when compared to the other piling machines available in the country at present. Despite a total weight of 178 tonnes, the BG 39 can be safely transported and assembled in any part of the country within 48 hours.  The new machine will complement the wide range of drilling rigs available at the company that ranges from 600m to 2000m in diameter, all of which are from BAUER Maschinen Group.

Established in 2013, D.P. Jayasinghe Piling Co. offers a highly-personalised service through its dynamic team of expert service personnel that delivers a complete solution to all clients. It has set a benchmark by utilising only technologically-advanced equipment sourced from Sri Lanka’s market leader and German specialists in foundation engineering machinery, BAUER Maschinen Group. D.P. Jayasinghe Piling Co. has successfully completed over 50 pile construction projects to date covering a wide array of projects such as housing developments, apartment complexes, hospitals and many more. Some of the mega piling projects completed by the company since inception include the Mihidupura Housing Project at Edmonton Road – Colombo 05, One Colombo Project for TATA Housing Development at Slave Island, Ayurveda Hospital Building-Stage II – Colombo 08, Apartment Complex at Ward Place, Colombo 07 for Prime Land Residencies and Waste Water Pumping Station Project of Colombo Municipal Council – Wanathamulla, Bambalapitiya and Vystwyke Road.

Commenting on the game-changing innovation, Upali Jayasinghe – Chairman/Managing Director of D.P. Jayasinghe Piling Co. stated, “There are a significant number of large-scale private and public projects being planned for the immediate future across the island as Sri Lanka continues to expand her urban landscapes and country-wide infrastructure. Some of these include projects such as apartment complexes, hospitals, hotels, highways and overhead bridges. Using the BG 39, not only can clients cut down on the time and costs, they are also guaranteed of a superior quality finish. I can confidently say that we are the No.1 in the country when it comes to quality and this new drilling rig will further boost our standing in the local construction industry and enhance our reputation as a company that provides world-class, innovative solutions to our valued clientele.”

D.P. Jayasinghe Piling Co. is a subsidiary of D.P. Jayasinghe Group of Companies, an organisation founded by Deshabandu D.P. Jayasinghe in 1960 as a transport company. Over the years, D.P. Jayasinghe Group of Companies has progressively evolved to become a conglomerate specialising in diverse aspects across multiple industries. The group’s portfolio comprises of transport, heavy machinery, construction, real estate and property, warehouse complex and container yards.

EditorOctober 24, 2017


Kalhari Enterprises received the Bronze Award in the Industry Sector Small Category at the 2017 NCE Export Awards. (L-R) Mr. Kaushal Rajapaksa, Chairman & Managing Director, Kalhari Group of Companies; Dr. Daya Rathna Silva, National Coordinator, EU Trade Related Assistance, ITC Sri Lanka; Mr. Upul Jinadasa, GM IT, South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt.) Ltd., and Mr. Thomas Scaria, Senior Program Officer, Colombo Plan Secretariat.

EditorOctober 22, 2017


Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) sponsored the ‘Best Innovative Exporter of the Year’ at the 25th annual export awards ceremony of the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE).

The winner of the Gold award for 2017 was the Hayleys PLC company Rileys (Pvt) Ltd, a leading manufacturer and exporter of coir, rubber and flocked doormats.

Commenting on the sponsorship of this award, CICT’s Head of Marketing and Commercial Ms Catriona Jayasundera said: “Being a vital link in the logistics chain, CICT believes that supporting the export community or the export trade is not only our responsibility but is something we must strive to do. It is with this view that we supported the NCE for this prestigious event. We believe that it is through innovation that efficiency and diversity are born. This is something that is central to our work and is why we specifically chose this award category.”

The first and currently the only deep water terminal in South Asia equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat, CICT reported a throughput of 2 million TEUs for the year ending 31st December 2016, achieving impressive YoY growth of 28 per cent in volume. Over the past two years, CICT has brought some of the largest vessels plying the Asia-Europe routes to Colombo.

In the picture, CICT’s Head of Marketing and Commercial Ms Catriona Jayasundera participates in the presentation of the ‘Best Innovative Exporter of the Year’ Gold award to Rileys at the NCE export awards.

EditorOctober 17, 2017


The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line, with a presence in Sri Lanka for more than 25 years, continues to invest in Sri Lanka and contribute to its economy by bringing some of the latest and largest ships to Colombo

These megaships provide efficiencies and economies of scale to exporters and importers, thereby driving efficiencies in their supply chains. As such, the “Milan Maersk” one of the world’s largest ships, will arrive in Colombo on the 17th October at 1200hrs local time and berth at the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT)

With an overall length of 399 metres and a capacity of 20,568 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) the container vessel is the largest thus far to arrive in Colombo. The megaship belongs to the second generation of Maersk Line’s well-known Triple-E class, that is currently setting new standards in container shipping, replacing smaller, less efficient ships on the East-West-trade.

The “Milan Maersk” calls Colombo as part of the AE1 service which is currently the fastest service from Colombo into major North European countries like UK, Netherlands & Germany. It also brings essential imports from China and South East Asia into the Sri Lankan market.

Commenting on this historic moment, Mr Zeeshan R Mukhi, Country Head, Maersk Line, Sri Lanka stated “Sri Lanka is a strategic market for Maersk & this is a momentous occasion for us as well as the industry as a whole. We fully support the vision of the Government of Sri Lanka to develop the country into a maritime hub and are keen on lending a hand to ensure its success. It is with this vision, that we are bringing one of our largest ships into the port of Colombo.”

At present, Maersk Line in Sri Lanka as the leading Container Shipping Line in the country, has 10 weekly services, which includes vessel sharing agreements, connecting Colombo with global ports with competitive transit times and high schedule reliability. Maersk Line also offers customers ease of business using e-commerce solutions, superior accessibility & support through its expert sales & customer engagement teams.

Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the Maersk Group has employees in 325 offices across 125 countries and a fleet of more than 500 vessels along with 1.9 million containers, with the  global reach and resources to accommodate customers’ broad transportation needs.

Maersk Group, as a worldwide conglomerate, operates in over 140 countries and have a workforce of over 108,000 employees. In addition to owning one of the world’s largest shipping companies, they are involved in a wide range of activities in the transport, energy, logistics, retail and manufacturing industries. More details can be obtained by logging on to  www.Maersk.com

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