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Empowering Sri Lanka’s Maritime Trade: The Advantis Group’s Strategic Partnership with the SLPA

The Advantis Group takes great pleasure in extending its warmest and heartfelt congratulations to the esteemed Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on the momentous occasion of its 44th anniversary. This remarkable milestone marks the unwavering success and dedication of the SLPA in fostering the growth and development of Sri Lanka’s maritime trade and economy.

The economic and financial crisis in the country and the resulting supply chain issues presented numerous challenges, significantly obstructing the smooth operation of supply chains. This had a profound impact on ports and the overall maritime and shipping industry. Nevertheless, amid these adversities, the SLPA demonstrated remarkable resilience, sustaining uninterrupted operations and delivering effective and efficient port services.

Amidst a myriad of challenges, SLPA has achieved remarkable recognition by securing two prestigious titles: ‘Port Authority of the Year’ and ‘Best Public Container Terminal of the Year’ for 2023, at the esteemed Global Ports Forum Awards held in Dubai. The well-deserved accolades garnered by SLPA highlight its outstanding performance and unwavering dedication to excellence, even amidst complex industry obstacles. These awards serve as a testament to SLPA’s commitment to providing top-tier port services and making significant contributions to the global shipping community.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ruwan Waidyaratne, the Managing Director of the Advantis Group stated, “The partnership between the SLPA and the Advantis Group has been a driving force behind the advancement of Sri Lanka’s shipping and maritime sector, and together, we have delivered innovative and efficient logistics solutions to clients worldwide. This enduring alliance has been instrumental in connecting Sri Lanka to the global stage and unlocking boundless opportunities for growth and progress. With our shared commitment to excellence, I am confident that this partnership will continue to thrive, leaving an indelible mark on the industry for years to come.”

Mr. Shano Sabar, Deputy Managing Director of the Advantis Group, and also the current Chairman of the Ceylon Association of Shipping agents (CASA) stated, “I have witnessed firsthand the remarkable dedication and unwavering focus that SLPA has consistently demonstrated in fostering the growth and success of Sri Lanka’s maritime industry. Through their exemplary services and steadfast commitment, SLPA has played a pivotal role in positioning our nation as a key player in the global shipping community. Moving forward, our determination to uplift the standards of shipping and maritime services remains resolute as we strive to better assist SLPA in driving our nation towards achieving the esteemed status of an international maritime hub in the near future.”

The Advantis Group, the transportation and logistics arm of Hayleys PLC, has fostered a highly fruitful partnership with the SLPA since its inception. Together, they stand as key pillars in propelling the development and transformation of Sri Lanka’s shipping and maritime sector. Over time, the Group’s involvement in various port-related activities has expanded significantly, offering an extensive array of services for vessels calling at the Ports of Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, Trincomalee, and Kankesanturai.

Notably, Advantis has emerged as a leader in providing comprehensive 360-degree solutions to global shipowners across diverse segments, including liners, bulk carriers, and the oil and gas industry. Their combined efforts have played a crucial role in bolstering the efficiency and effectiveness of port operations while contributing to the growth and success of the overall maritime industry in the country.

Advantis is Sri Lanka’s most diversified transportation and logistics provider, with over six decades of experience and operations spread across Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. Backed by the blue-chip multinational conglomerate Hayleys PLC, Advantis is at the forefront of the logistics and construction industries providing end-to-end solutions covering Integrated Logistics, Projects and Engineering, Marine and Energy, International Freight Management and Travel and Aviation.