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Obituary Notice

Capt. Shelton Jayakoddy
April 1959 - January 2018

CAPT. SHELTON JAYAKODY (Principal - Lanka Academy of Technological Studies, Panadura). Loving husband of Srima, son of Emmilie, and the late Benjamin Jayakody, father of Shalinda and Sanada, brother of Shiranee and Captain Nishantha, brother-in-law of Ajith, Namal, Rukmal, Samanmalee, Kumara Neomal, Dhanasiri and Nadika. Remains lie at Jayaratna Funeral Parlour, Borella. Burial at General Cemetery, Kanatta, Borella at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday, 6th January 2018.


Need for a Maritime Development Project

December 11, 2017,

Renewal of the Merchant Shipping Act, the Ports Authority Act and to bring in an independent Regulator perhaps by way of a ‘Sri Lanka Maritime Authority’ are amongst those landfall events the maritime expedition of this country has long been looking out for, altering course and charting a new one towards the destination of greener, thriving Shipping and Maritime industry of the blue economic seas. But anchoring on such scanty information of the budget proposal as ‘liberalization’ for the maritime economy does not seem to hold ground in a tumultuous sea of misinterpretation of "Liberalization of Shipping Agency and Freight Forwarding Industry" . It is necessary to heave up anchor from those uncertain grounds of misinterpretation, to head towards the safe berth of a thriving Maritime Industry expected by the budget. Shipping Agency
or Freight Forwarding are two minor components of the industry, which are considered major in the Sri Lankan context because of the absence of real major parts of the industry of ship owning, operation and local cargo. However, local shipping agency and freight forwarding companies, more with able human capital than large financial capital outlay, effectively and adequately meet the local demand of that component, so that there is hardly any work left for foreign companies to set up office here for agency work which essentially is the local component due in the country. It makes no sense if that component is also taken away from the country. The two major components of the Shipping Industry are ships and cargo. Maritime Industry follows next with Ports and Terminals and all other Maritime services. Sri Lanka neither has a large shipping fleet nor a large volume of local import and export cargo to boast a shipping Industry by any standard. Thus, it must be clear to all parties that the shipping agency business is not the "Shipping Industry" itself. What we do have is a reasonable size of a Maritime Industry. Our ports and terminals as the primary part of the Maritime Industry or an industry by itself which currently thrive on the Transshipment cargo. The associated Maritime services to such cargo and its movement and ancillary services to ships calling at our ports, anchorages and OPL are amongst the next major activity of the Maritime industry including agency work. However, Sri Lanka has the potential to further develop the Maritime Services Industry to capture the large market in our own maritime domain around the country, if we could offer the right reason for those ships to call at our ports, other than cargo.

"Liberalization of Shipping Industry" is necessary to promote ease of doing business, to remove the shackles of non applicable regulations, clear the fouling of archaic regulations with current industry needs, and as far as possible to steam ahead with a new facilitative regulatory regime or deregulation, if the government policy is liberal economy. To navigate towards that kind of liberalization, it is essential to dredge the roadsteads clear of some of the restrictive shallows of Shipping and Maritime Industry. Amongst them, the voyages of the following are notoriously impeded in the passage, though for most, they may have circumnavigated by sheer luck or still are beyond the visible horizon of ignorance.

1. SHIPS: In the absence of an appreciable National fleet of ships, it is necessary to encourage the large ship fleet owners/operators/managers to set up offices here as in Hong Kong or Singapore. Also make Sri Lanka Ships Registry attractive for such ships to register under our flag. So that more ships and maritime activities will keep the industry busy in and around our ports, harbours and roadsteads. It may naturally create more business opportunities for the entire spectrum of the local maritime Industry, employment opportunities directly for local staff both afloat and ashore, and indirect employment through supporting industries.

2. LOCAL CARGO: Enhancing the local cargo volume is entirely out of the control of the shipping and maritime industry; thus the country’s production must be voluminously increased both in industrial and agricultural sectors by other government initiatives. Government’s intentions on the Hambantota industrial zone, is a hope in this regard.

3. TRANSHIPMENT CARGO: Whilst Indian Sub-continental container transshipment is sustained, infrastructure continuously developed and vigorous marketing is continued to compete at all times, visionaries must come up with other types of transshipment or similar activities to be promoted; such as Entre-Port Operations, Ship to Ship Transfers, Oil Storage Tanks and Terminals such as Trinco Tanks.

4. MARITIME SERVICES: Development of Ports, Terminals and berths,and their efficiencies for all other Maritime Services to capture the vast number of ships plying our own Maritime region. The Maritime service sector must be developed as a project under Maritime Authority. As for the Ports Authority Act , it is necessary to bring in the changes, so as:

a. SL Ports Authority to be a Commercial entity without regulatory authority.

b. "Sri Lanka Ports" can be like "Sri Lanka Telecom" (regulated by TRC) whilst , JCT, SAGT, CICT and others carry on as corporate terminals under the regulations of intended Sri Lanka Maritime Authority

The required "liberalization of the Industry

For all the above developments, we require a conducive atmosphere. Sri Lanka does not have a Merchant Shipping fleet of international trading vessels. For capital-intensive ship owning, it is not possible to have a national fleet overnight. The Sri Lanka registry is almost devoid of foreign owned international trading vessels, either. A ship owner may be living in any part of the world, but ships Registry, the Management, Operation, and Charterers can be anywhere else in the world. Our efforts should be to make ‘that place’ to be Sri Lanka. Efforts must be made to attract those to base in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Ships Registry must be geared and attractive. Currently, Sri Lanka has no such policies or regulations facilitating such activities. No regulations even for ships trading international or coastal vessels. What has been posed as regulations are only International Conventions signed by the country and not implemented by parliament. At the moment Sri Lanka Ships Registry is not attractive, even to run a coastal vessel. Not to mention the non- existent regulations extended to small harbour-services boats, and hard and fast arbitrary rules expected for tourist boats. Such a recent gazette notification by officials mislead the minister with unpublished code of safety kept in official’s drawers, purported as regulations meant for small vessels below 24 meters must be thrown overboard as environmentally permissible rubbish.

Ship Management companies, Operating Companies, Chartering Companies should be able to start their offices here with 100% ownership, as their earnings would come from those international trades and not from local agency or freight forwarding. For all of this, the Merchant Shipping Regulatory structure, Regulatory body must be efficient and attractive in all respects. Currently, there are more unwanted regulations than applicable. So there is an absolute anarchy in a Maritime regulatory regime fettered by inappropriate inapplicable regulations. That is one reason why the Merchant Shipping Act needs a complete revision, and the need for an independent Maritime Regulatory Authority superseding all associate regulatory institutions. That is one of the ‘liberalization’ aspects the industry expects from the Government.

When inviting foreign ship owners, Ship Operators, Ship Managers to set up local companies, they could be allowed to have 100% foreign share holding and attractive incentives on such conditions as:

 =Registering a given tonnage of International trading vessels under Sri Lanka flag to set up Ship Owning Companies, not necessarily offshore companies

=Introduce a given number of ships to use Colombo as a port of call to set up an Operations Company

* Introduce a given number of vessels to which local crew and shore staff are employed to set up a Ship Management company Or combinations of the above

The Maritime Project

In order to arrive at such a thriving green destination through the blue economic seas, the Government must embark on an enterprising "Maritime Development Project" more like how the Mahaweli project or a BOI system was embarked on. For which the keel must be laid for a brand new, highly efficient cruise ship of an apex body of "Maritime Authority" which would be with a wider command of powers, responsibility and accountability to promote, develop, facilitate, regulate and propel the entire spectrum of Maritime activities of the country, redesigning or revamping the existing institutions as a paradigm shift.


Capt.& Mrs. Prince Saverimutto domiciled in Perth, Australia, visited Sri Lanka a few days ago. During their brief stopover, a few senior CMM Masters with an Ex CSC Engineer and Ex CSC friends who had sailed or knew Captain, hosted him for an evening of fellowship at the SSC on Wednesday 18th October, 2017

(L to R) Capt. Rohith Fernando, Mr. Saliya Senanayake, Mr. Wasantha Talagala, Capt. Prince Saverimutto, Capt. A.V. Rajendra, Capt. Gehan Sirimanne, Capt. Shiran Senanayake, Capt. Vijith Dias, Capt. L.N. Jayasooriya and Eng Lalantha Fernando.

Milan Maersk docks in Colombo

The Milan Maersk, one of the world’s largest container ships arrived in Colombo on October 17th, 2017 and berthed at the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT). The vessel was safely piloted inwards by Colombo Harbour Pilot Capt. Nandika Peiris. Trainee Pilot Capt. Prawala Perera was also on board as a Pilot understudy.

The vessel was commandeered by Danish Capt. Jogvan Petersen To mark the occasion, an exchange of plaques took place between the Chairman of the SLPA and the Senior Director, Group Relations, South Asia, of Moller Maersk. This state of the art megaship belonging to the second generation of Maersk Line’s well-known Triple-E class is the fastest service from Colombo into major North European countries such as UK, Netherlands & Germany


IMO: 9778820     MMSI: 219861000     Call Sign: OWGK2     Year Built: 2017
Flag: Denmark [DK]     AIS Vessel Type: Cargo - Hazard A (Major)
Gross Tonnage: 214286     Deadweight: 210019 t
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 399m × 58.6m
Capacity: 20,568 TEU

"Bunz" All the way from Los Angeles

Capt. Tuan Razikeen on Selfie with "Bunz" on a Sunday morning
reading LA times in the shade of a tree

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.



Capt. Lasitha Cumaratunga

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.


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.



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 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.