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Capt. Tuan Razikeen on Selfie with "Bunz" on a Sunday morning
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CEYLON TODAY By Ishara Gamage

Sri Lanka's newly established association of Non-Vessel Operating Container Carriers (NVOCC) on Friday urged the government shipping authorities to stop the industry over regulations and requested the due recognition of their members.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the NVOCC, Chairman Capt. A.V. Rajendra said that the most immediate burning issue for the NVOCCs and the other service providers is the constraints and restrictions imposed by the then government upon the service providers in the year 2013, preventing the service providers from collecting legitimate fees and charges from their customers for the services offered.

He said that the regulation so imposed by way of gazette 1842/16 in the year 2013 was totally against the international norms and practices.

"Parties with vested interest pressed upon the previous government to introduce such regulations - bypassing all ethical practices or discussions with the stake holders in the industry - which were detrimental to the logistics and service industry, the image of the country, and against one's fundamental rights," he elaborated.

He also said the regional-NVOCC operators who contribute 30 % of the......regional throughput of volume via Colombo, have also sent warning signals to Sri Lanka that Colombo is an undesirable destination to do shipping and logistics businesses in view of prohibition of Terminal Handling Charge recoveries in Sri Lanka particularly for their import land based costs; a forced act of control against international practices and norms.

Around 70% of the total Sri Lankan exports prior to the introduction of restriction/prohibition were free of collection of Terminal Handling Charge.

"One should not forget the fact that, that NVOCC is a vital arm of the service industry, who were a great source of strength and were supportive of the trade and facilitated Sri Lanka to export and import its goods, during the period of UN sanctions and embargo placed on Iran and Iraq," he added.

According to NVOCC, service providers to shipping industry are facing difficult situations, the principals of shipping liners and NVOCC operators are running into losses and unfair regulations in Sri Lanka compound the situation.

However, he said that the former Minister of Ports & Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga and the Director General of Shipping have instructed the ministry officials to get new proposals from all the industry stakeholders and formulate a new gazette in regularizing the charges in the shipping industry.

There were around 60 - 70 NVOCC agencies providing employment to around 1,200 persons from the industry.


SNR. DEPUTY HARBOUR MASTER (SLPA) CAPT. NIRMAL SILVA AT WORK




CILT REAPPOINTS CHAIRMAN CAPT. LASITHA FOR 2017/2018



Capt. Lasitha Cumaratunga
CHAIRMAN CILT (SL)
2017/18

CMM Life Member Capt. Lasitha Cumaratunga was re-inducted as Chairman (2017/2018) of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (SL Branch) at the 33rd Annual General Meeting held 29th, March, 2017 at the Hotel Kingsbury. This would be Capt. Lasitha's second term as Chairman CILT.

The Membership of CMM wish Capt. Lasitha a successful year ahead.


NATIONAL HR CONFERENCE - 2016


Dr. Capt. Suresh Marcandan, President/Director, PT People Power International, Singapore, will be presenting a paper on "How HR changed a nation" - Singapore case study at 4pm on 22nd June, 2016 at the BMICH. This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion headed by Dr. Marcandan. Registration details for NHRC 2016 is found on notice above.




AN INTERVIEW WITH THE " THE MARITIME MATRIX TODAY"
SEPTEMBER 2016 - ISSUE





THE PROFESSOR WHO CROSSED THE SEVEN SEAS


Dr. Anil Samaranayake, HE The President and Prof Capt. Nalaka Jayakody

A book launch on the biography of Prof. Capt. Nalaka Lakmal Jayakody titled “Sath Sayura Sisara Sihina Sip Therata” as penned by Dr. Anil Samaranayake was launched on 11th Dec, 2015 at the BMICH in the presence of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena.

The launch was attended by a large distinguished gathering. The speakers included Prof. Carlo Fonseka (Chairman Sri Lanka Medical Council) , Dr. Palitha Mahipala (DG Health Services), Dr. Kapila Suriyarachchi (Communication Specialist- Ministry of Health), Capt. Ajith Peris (President CINEC Maritime Campus) and Mr. Gamini Tissera (Principal, Galahitiyawa Central College)

Dr. Samaranayake and Prof. Capt. Jayakody have been classmates at the Galahitiyawa Central College in Ganemulla.

A clip of this news item was broadcasted on Sirasa Prime Time 10pm news of 11th Dec, 2015 and could be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmDTTuNYac8 in position 1min 45 sec after the start.

The book is priced at Rs. 1500 (subsidised at Rs. 1000 for CMM Members) and would be available through CINEC Maritime Campus.