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CILT CONDUCTS THE PB KARANDAWALA MEMORIAL LECTURE JOINTLY WITH CMM.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held their 24th P.B. Karandawala Memorial Lecture on 24th January at Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian & Research Institute. The lecture was conducted jointly with Company of Master Mariners. Family members of late Mr Karandawala were present at the talk.

 

The late Mr. P.B. Karandawala was widely regarded as a pioneer in developing the maritime sector in Sri Lanka. He had the rare distinction of being the Chairman of three state transportation entities that focus on three different modes, The Ceylon Shipping Corporation, Air Ceylon and Ceylon Transport Board, during the 1970s. He established the National Shipping Line and structured around it several independent organizations to provide the support it needed in its nascent years, such as the Freight Bureau, the Ceylon Shipping Lines, the Port Services and the Colombo Dock Yard. He was known as a leading Economist from the Central Bank and later went onto serve the United Nations as a Shipping and Sectoral Economic Adviser to many developing countries.

 

The title of the memorial lecture was “Contribution of International Shipping and Maritime community towards sustainable development” which was delivered by Capt. Peshala Medagama who is a CMILT and a CMM. He is an IMO consultant and Asst. Vice President International Relations, Foreign Projects and Local Branches and Consultant, Department of Marine Simulation, CINEC Maritime Campus.

In his speech he mentioned about 17 UN sustainable development goals and how the maritime community is working towards sustainable development.  Amidst the global challenges that we face, Sri Lanka has committed to achieve these targets set for SDGs by 2030, he said.

He further elaborated that shipping is the life blood of the global economy and in future it will become as the most environmentally friendly mode of freight transport than transporting goods by planes or trucks due to lowest carbon foot print per unit of cargo transported thereby ships of future becoming smarter, greener & faster. In concluding the speech, he reiterated that shipping industry has an important role to play in helping to achieve the aforesaid goals before end of 2030. Q&A Session was moderated, by Council member Mr Ibrahim Saleem, CMILT.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is the leading international professional body for everyone who works within supply chain, logistics and transport. The institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objective of promoting, encouraging and coordinating the study of the science and art of logistics and transport through its membership, events and educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 CILT is present in 34 countries across the globe. CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever-expanding Logistics and Transport industry. It is a strong, active and a unified professional body that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

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CILT STARTS THE NEW YEAR BY INDUCTING NEW CORPORATE PARTNERS & MEMBERS AT THE LOGISTICS LEADERS EVENING

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held their first Logistics Leaders Evening for 2019 on 10th January at the Kingsbury Hotel. The eminent speaker for the evening was Mr Tham Kok Kuan Simon, Assistant General Manager CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd (CPCC) who spoke on the topic Port City Colombo – The art & science of transport & logistics to build a new city. Over 180 participants attended the event from a wide spectrum of the industry.  CILT Sri Lanka combined this event with the induction of new Corporate Partners for 2019 and individual members.

Mr Simon said during his keynote speech that the 269 hectares of reclaimed land from the sea, Port City Colombo will be South Asia’s premiere residential, retail and business destination, offering unmatched planned city living along the waters of the Indian Ocean. The development will comprise of five different precincts including the Financial District, Central Park Living, Island Living, The Marina and the International Island. When completed, Port City Colombo will have over 5.6 million square meters of built space, boasting the best in design and standards. Its lifestyle and business offerings will include world-class facilities and spaces in Healthcare, Education, Entertainment, Hotels and Restaurants, Retail and Office with an Integrated Resort and a Marina, offering the best in living by the sea. He also said that the city will adopt a reverse traffic pyramid where more space for walking and cycling will be created as opposed to vehicles. Built on the latest sustainable city designs and smart city concepts, Port City Colombo will be the most livable city in South Asia. CPCC will be investing over US$ 1.4 billion, thereby making this the largest ever FDI project to be implemented in Sri Lanka so far. He further said that the land reclamation is to be completed by end of 2019 and the first building will be ready by 2023. He finally said that the port city is the aspiration of the next generation.

Chairperson CILT, Gayani de Alwis CMILT in her address welcomed the large gathering present for the first event for the year. She highlighted CILT’s global presence and that CILT is celebrating its centenary year, which will be celebrated in Manchester on 16th-18th June 2019. She also stressed on CILT’s role in both passenger and goods in all modes of transport and urged all professionals to engage with CILT to support the development of the industry.  She mentioned that Corporate Partnership (CP) program which was launched in 2011 with 15 partners, have now grown to 22 and three more CPs are in the pipeline. 13 partners have been with CILT since the inception and they have been recognized as Patron Partners.  She thanked all the partners for having confidence in CILT and pledged to add value to them by working together to achieve a mutually beneficial partnership. Speaking on member benefits, Chairperson mentioned that CILT international education qualification and post nominal are globally recognized, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs, networking opportunities expose the members to new developments in the industry to benchmark and upgrade knowledge, involvement with research and consultancy, mentoring, scholarships, job and internship opportunities etc., other benefits that they will enjoy by being part of the CILT family.  She invited all members to come forward and lend their expertise to CILT to take the industry forward.

The CPs were inducted under four categories as Hayleys Advantis and DIMO as Platinum, Finlay Cold Stores Pvt Ltd as Gold, Ceyline Hodlings, Mclarens Group and South Asia Gateway Terminals as Silver and Abans, Aitken Spence Maritime Ltd, Chrisslogix (Pvt) Ltd, Civil Aviation Authority, General Sir John Kothalwala Defense University, Inter Air & Sea Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Shipping & Logistics, Pickme ,  Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Trelleborg Lanka Pvt Ltd, John Keells Logistics, National Transport Commission and Oviklo International (Pvt) Ltd as Bronze partners.

Another key highlight of the logistics leaders evening was the membership induction where 49 new members and upgraded members were awarded with the membership certificates. Two Fellow members (FCILT), Mr Upali Gunawardene Chairman Upali Transworks and Mr Romesh David, CEO of SAGT, 25 Chartered members (CMILT) and 22 members (MILT) were inducted at the event.  This will be a regular practice for all new members and upgrades.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics and transport industry. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objectives of promoting and encouraging the art and science of logistics and transport through its membership and its educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 from 35 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever expanding logistics and transport sector. It is a strong, active and a unified professional association that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

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CILT CONDUCTS A SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP ON WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka launched the first workshop for this year on 6th December at the EFL Auditorium.   Workshop was organized as part of CILT’s continuing professional development. Wasantha Sooriyarachchi, Group Chief Operating officer OSM Holdings and Kemantha Perera General Manager BlueScope were the resource personnel. The topics covered were benchmarking, modelling applications of industry best practices, utilisation of technology in warehouse management, steel warehousing – design, installation and manufacturing for improved durability.

The key feature of the workshop was the visit to the state of the art modern EFL warehouse. 45 participants attended the workshop. Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka, Ms Gayani de Alwis CMILT and Vice Chairperson Education Dr Namali Sirisoma, CMILT attended the event along with the CILT secretariat staff. A membership drive was also organised at the workshop.

Vice Chairperson in her welcome speech mentioned the importance of continuing professional education in an individual’s career journey and that CILT is committed towards supporting in this. Chairperson briefly spoke about CILT, and its global affiliations and about the activities of CILT and invited participants to be pat of a globally renowned professional body.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics, transport and supply chain industry. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objectives of promoting and encouraging the art and science of logistics and transport through its membership and its educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 in 35 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever expanding logistics and transport sector. It is a strong, active and a unified professional association that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

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WiLAT IS COMMITTED TOWARDS IMPACTING THE TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY OF YOUTH, IN BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW – WiLAT SRI LANKA CHAIRPERSON

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka is the women’s forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka; dedicated to promote & empower women in logistics and transport spearheaded CILT Sri Lanka inaugural membership drive at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) auditorium on 10th August 2018.

This membership drive was organized to create awareness among the undergraduates of the logistics and transport universities the importance of a professional qualification and to give visibility of the career paths available in the diverse logistics, transport and supply chain industry.

Participants for the Membership Drive

Dr. Namali Sirisoma with the YPF Sri Lanka team

Channaka De Alwis, Vice Chairman, CILT Sri Lanka, Mr. Dimuthu Piyasena, Deputy General Manager, Sales Training & Development, AIA Insurance Lanka, Gayani de Alwis, Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka, Maj Gen Indunil Ranasinghe, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration), KDU, Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe, Vice Chancellor, KDU, Dhashma Karunaratne, Chairperson, WiLAT Sri Lanka, Dr. Namali Sirisoma, Vice Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka

Dhashma Karunaratne receiving the First Application

Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe, Vice Chancellor of KDU was the Chief Guest of the evening and Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka, Gayani de Alwis (CMILT), Deputy General Manager of Sales Training & Development at AIA Insurance Lanka PLC, Dimuthu Piyasena and Chairman of Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF) Sri Lanka, Biman Hettiarachchi were knowledge sharers of the event. Council members of CILT Sri Lanka, Channaka De Alwis (CMILT) and Dhashma Karunaratne (CMILT), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration) of KDU, Maj Gen Indunil Ranasinghe, Dean Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies of KDU, Colonel Wipula Ihalage and Dean Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities of KDU, Dr. Namali Sirisoma (CMILT) attended the event along with academic staff of the Department of Management and Finance of KDU, military officers of the Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies of KDU and transport and logistics undergraduates from local universities.

Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka, Dhashma Karunaratne welcomed the gathering and commenced her address by quoting Nelson Mandela, “Youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow”. She further stated, however this transformational journey has many challenges. WiLAT together with Young Professionals’ Forum is committed towards making a significant contribution in this demography. She further stated that WiLAT Sri Lanka mentoring programme, “IGNITE” has been adopted by WiLAT Global and is an example of WiLAT Sri Lanka’s passion towards youth empowerment.

Dimuthu Piyasena made a key contribution by equipping the young audience the keys to understand their inner self and how to leverage on your own understanding for better decision making in both life and career.

Gayani de Alwis outlined the advantage of a professional qualification emphasizing the uniqueness of CILT, which is the only Chartered international professional body in the country for professionals engaged in logistics, transport and supply chain. She further highlighted the focus of CILT to promote continuous professional education in the sectors to uplift professionalism in the industry while creating value to the economy in the journey of making Sri Lanka a logistics hub in the region.

Preceded by senior speakers, Biman Hettiarachchi, a young professional in logistics industry shared his own personal journey at CILT and how he has reached the pinnacle in this forum within a short time period of 6 years, and is today the Chairman of YPF Sri Lanka and has become the regional representative of South Asia to YPF International. He demonstrated the commitment of CILT to build leaders by transforming new entrants to the industry.

Gayara Jayasuriya who is currently following her Masters in Australia, connected virtually to showcase her experience as a young co-opted member, executive committee member of WiLAT Sri Lanka and spoke about the strong mentorships she continues to receive from the women’s forum.

Undergraduates from KDU and Ocean University made the evening impactful and inspiring by showcasing their multi talents through entertainment acts. 

Speaking of the event, Project Chair Dr. Namali Sirisoma was delighted with the support and participation received by all logistics and transport universities and was encouraged by the success of the inaugural membership drive of CILT Sri Lanka organized by WiLAT Sri Lanka with the support of the vibrant YPF Sri Lanka.

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CILT SL National Logistics and Transport Awards 2018

You are rarely seen, but still you are important – PM

“You are the important cog in the machine. Without you the machine cannot work. Every rupee you save on logistics and transport make you that much competitive. We are depending on you to play that important role of making Sri Lanka a high middle-income country.”

It is a land-mark event in the history of logistics and transport in Sri Lanka – Hon. Minister

“We have a lot of burning problems in transport. In the next award ceremony, you should give an award to personnel who will bring innovative solutions to our transport system”.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka, popularly known as CILT Sri Lanka, organized the much awaited, first ever, National Logistics and Transport Awards ceremony in Sri Lanka. The most colourful event in the Logistics and Transport sector ever in Sri Lanka was recently concluded at the Kingsbury with the participation of top level government representatives, industry players, policy makers, professionals and academia.

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest stated that “Every rupee you save on logistics and transport make you that much more competitive. We are depending on you to play that important role of making Sri Lanka a high middle-income country.”

He further added that, “Without internal connectivity, the ports and the airports would not bring to us the final benefits. Logistics matters very much. It was the life blood of the ancient times. It is the lifeblood today. You all are playing an important role. You are helping us to create that employment, and its professionalism. It shows your dedication and the fact that your institute has been from the beginning being committed to build up the professionalism in the industry as the way of expansion. Because of you we will have a higher level of professionalism in the logistics and transport industry.”

The Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, in his address, pointed out that an award ceremony of this nature will bring much strength to Sri Lankan professionals and motivate them. He further stated, “You all are very much superior to many people in the world in this trade. [Whilst] advocating the free market economy, we are there to ensure that the Sri Lankans and the people of the soil are protected, benefited, and enriched.”

From left: CILT Sri Lanka Past chairman Mr. Niral Kadawathaarattchi, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Hon. Dr. Harsha De Silva, CILT SL Chairperson Mrs. Gayani De Alwis and Secretary Dr. Lalith Edirisinghe

Mr. Mohan Pandithage, who has served the Logistics and Transport industry for five decades, was awarded with most prestigious CILT Sri Lanka Pinnacle Life-time Award by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Platinum Award from the Corporate Category was claimed by the South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) having given a close battle with the Gold Award winner Hayleys Advantis. The Silver Award was secured by Unilever Sri Lanka. Recognizing the contribution by government institutes, Sri Lanka Transport Board won a Bronze Award. The three Merit Awards were awarded to CL Synergy, GAC Group, and the Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC Campus).

Dr. Edirisinghe quoting Billie Jean King, stating that “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. We had many champions who were unable to claim the Platinum. Excitement is the beauty of an impartial judgement based on claims made in the application forms of nominees.” According to the panel of judges, the key area that need improvement is the clarity and visibility of documentation of the applicants. Some applications were either rejected or received lower marks for the presentation due to this issue. This is quite natural as the award competitions that simultaneously consider both qualitative and quantitative appraisals are quite new in the logistics and transport sector in Sri Lanka. The awards committee aims adopt new mechanisms to address these shortcomings of applicants in the next year. “We are equally concerned about others who were ‘afraid of winning’; and thus, did not submit their applications,” commented Dr. Edirisinghe. CILT Sri Lanka looks forward to seeing more participation from those who contribute to the Logistics and Transport sector in next year’s awards ceremony, irrespective of the financial strength or the human capital of the organization.

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WiLAT Sri Lanka Visits Cinnamon Air Hangar and Terminal

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka; a forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka organized a field visit to Cinnamon Air Hangar and Terminal at Katunayake recently, with the objective of providing an opportunity for young professionals in the logistics and transport fields to get a better understanding of the domestic elements in the local aviation industry. The visit was a major item under the educational category in the 2018/2019 WiLAT agenda. Logistics undergraduates, WiLAT members, and friends of WiLAT joined the field visit.

Cinnamon Air is a leading domestic air taxi service offering both daily scheduled flights and luxury private charter flights to more than 15 destinations covering all parts of Sri Lanka. The main terminal and hangar of the airline are located at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake while the commercial office is in Colombo Fort. The airline is managed by Saffron Aviation (Pvt) Ltd.

The fleet of Cinnamon Air consists of one Luxury Cessna 208B (8 passengers) Grand Caravan and two Cessna 208 (8 passengers) Amphibian Caravans enabling water bodies to be used as runway facilities (Waterdromes). The airline has been in operation for 5 years and all flights operate in codeshare with SriLankan Airlines which enables passengers to book flights through SriLankan Airlines network around the globe as well. The close relationship with the national carrier is further demonstrated by one of the Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibians carrying SriLankan Air Taxi branding on its hull.

The group who joined the visit were able to observe the engineering operations in the hangar, taking off and landing operations at the terminal as well as the control center operations while they are being carried out, marking the visit as a successful encounter.

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