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Aitken Spence Logistics invests in state-of-the art machinery

26 Nov

Aitken Spence Logistics, a pioneer in the industry, invested in a state-of-the-art brand new 180 ton capacity multi axle trailer, filling a long-awaited need in handling and transporting heavy over dimensional cargo in the logistics industry.

Multi axle trailers are used in mega projects related to the construction and power & energy sectors. Investing in a brand new multi axle trailer has bridged a gap in the industry whilst providing a customer centric solution that is reliable, safe and cost-effective to transport heavy equipment such as wind and thermal power equipment.

The Special Project Operations Division of Aitken Spence Logistics which is the heavy cargo operational arm of the company, has the expert knowledge and capability in handling heavy, over dimensional cargo that demands meticulous planning and execution. The division is equipped with prime movers, lorries, flat bed trailers, low bed trailers, cranes, boom trucks and forklifts and has provided services to many large-scale projects in the recent past. Some of them being windmill projects, island wide transformer placing projects, storage tank placing operations at several bottling plants and bridge construction projects

“In acquiring this state-of-the-art machine, Aitken Spence Logistics has filled an enormous gap that prevailed in the industry for a long time. The new addition is part of the continuous expansion and upgrading capacity of Aitken Spence Logistics. Introducing innovative logistics solutions and exceeding customer expectations are the hallmarks of Aitken Spence Logistics which enables the Company to remain unchallenged as the front runner in providing integrated logistics services to all our customers. We will continue to excel, and our investments reflect this belief that we keep pace with the changing needs of the industry,” commented Mr. Janaka Gunawardena, Chief Operating Officer – Aitken Spence Logistics.

Aitken Spence Logistics is a subsidiary of Aitken Spence PLC which is among Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities in Sri Lanka. Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983 and marking its 150th year milestone in 2018, Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate with a strong regional presence in the Hotels, Travels, Maritime Services, Logistics Solutions, Plantations, Power Generation, Financial Outsourcing, Insurance, IT, Printing and Apparel sectors. With a geographical presence in 8 countries and growing, creating opportunities for Sri Lanka across new frontiers, Aitken Spence PLC remains committed to the development of our nation.

Marella Discovery makes her maiden call to Colombo

27 Dec



Super luxury passenger vessel M.V. Marella Discovery of Marella Cruises with 1,732 passengers and 764 crew on board made her maiden call at the Port of Colombo in December 2018.

In order to mark the maiden call of the vessel at the Port of Colombo plaque exchanges were held between the Master of the vessel, SLPA, local agents – Aitken Spence Shipping Ltd and travel operator – Aitken Spence Travels Ltd.

On behalf of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Capt. Athula Hewavitharana – Managing Director exchanged plaques with the Master of Marella Discovery – Capt. Christopher N. Dodds. Mr. Iqram Cuttilan – Managing Director of Aitken Spence Shipping and Mr. Nalin Jayasundera – Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels exchanged plaques with the Master on behalf of the Aitken Spence Group subsidiaries.

Expressing views at the occasion, the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Capt. Athula Hewavitharana said that the Port of Colombo was honoured by the presence of Marella Discovery in Colombo.

Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) is a British cruise line offering cruise holidays around Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. Marella Discovery is approximately 264 meters in length and 32 meters wide having 902 state rooms with a capacity to accommodate up to 2,074 passengers. The excursions organised by Aitken Spence Travels had over 1,000 passengers joining in to enjoy the city and immediate locations of Sri Lanka such as the Colombo heritage walk, exploring the city of Galle and Sri Lankan river safari.

Marella Discovery commenced its voyage from Europe calling at Italy, Crete and moving onto Egypt, Jordan, Oman, U.A.E. and several ports in India on her way to Sri Lanka and will thereafter cruise towards Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The vessel that cruised under the flag of Malta called Colombo from Cochin, India and Sabang, Indonesia is her next port of call.

Established in 1868, Aitken Spence PLC marks its 150th anniversary. The Company has grown to great heights, especially with the diversification of the company in 2004 into non-traditional areas. The Company’s involvement in port efficiency enhancement projects in new markets has helped to successfully pursue a long-term directional shift from being service-related to becoming an investment-driven operation.

Fiji Ports Terminal wins Fiji Business Excellence Award for 2018

20 Dec


Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. is the proud winner of Fiji Business Excellence Awards this year which was given away at a gala ceremony held at Sheraton Fiji resort in Denarau Fiji, last month by the President of the Republic of Fiji Islands Maj. Gen. (Retd) Jioji Konusi Konrote in the presence of a host of high ranking government officials and business leaders.

Aitken Spence PLC has a 51% shareholding in Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. which was acquired under a public private partnership venture with Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd. of Fiji Islands. Aitken Spence PLC entered into the first ever public private partnership abroad by a Sri Lankan company when it acquired a controlling shareholding in Fiji Ports Terminals Ltd (FPTL) in 2013 and signed a 15-year concession agreement to manage Suva and Lautoka international ports in Fiji. Aitken Spence Ports International Ltd. provides the management expertise to FPTL.

Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd. CEO Hasthika Bandara Dela received the award on behalf of FPTL. He stated that this was a team effort amongst all members of the staff which was the key to FPTL being very progressive and achieving this award. He thanked the members of the staff of FPTL as well as the Board of Directors for their valuable contribution. He also stated that FPTL had been working hard over the last five years to put together processes and systems to ensure that higher efficiency and productivity levels were achieved while drastically improving the turnaround times of the vessels. This has resulted in more vessel calls, with higher export and import volumes assisting the economy of Fiji.

The President’s Business Excellence Award, is the highest award which is only awarded to organisations that have attained excellent organisational performance levels and are demonstrably world class organisations.

Aitken Spence Shipping Ltd is a pioneer in the industry as it provides import and export container handling services to some of the leading container carriers in the world, handling transhipment cargo, and the servicing of passenger cruise vessels, car carriers and casual callers. The port management segment operates and manages two main ports in Fiji whilst the port management segment manages cargo operations and equipment in the port of Nacala in Mozambique.

Established in 1868, Aitken Spence PLC marks its 150th anniversary. The Company has grown to great heights, especially with the diversification of the company in 2004 into non-traditional areas. The Company’s involvement in port efficiency enhancement projects in new markets has helped to successfully pursue a long-term directional shift from being service-related to becoming an investment-driven operation.

Aitken Spence Logistics Pursues Continuous Fleet Enhancement with World Class Equipment

6 Mar

Aitken Spence Logistics, further exemplified its commitment towards continuous improvement with enhancements to its fleet of equipment. The new addition of equipment falls in line with the belief of delivering service par excellence for the company’s longstanding clientele.

Amongst notable additions to the fleet are six new forklifts, twelve new prime movers and an empty container handler to advance its operations in the fields of Container Freight Station (CFS), Transportation and Inland Container Terminal (ICT). In keeping with the belief of maintaining uncompromising standards of quality, the purchases were made from Toyota, TATA and KONECRANES.

KONECRANES is a globally renowned brand in the lifting equipment industry, lending its high quality products to a broad range of customers engaged in a multitude of industries across the world. The selection of equipment vendors is carried out by Aitken Spence Logistics with reliable quality and service in mind and has been a success factor for the company in the years of its operation.

“We believe it is essential that we maintain the highest levels of quality and reliability in all our operations. This has always been something that we emphasise and take pride in. With the expansion of our client base, we have maintained a consistent level of quality that made us successful from the inception of our business and this is our greatest achievement. We have remained closely aligned with the best in our industry and our investments reflect this belief that the best in the industry must partner the best,” commented Mr. Janaka Gunawardena, Chief Operating Officer – Aitken Spence Logistics.

The new additions to the fleet are part of the continuous expansion and upgrading of capacity that Aitken Spence Logistics have led in the recent past and the company aims to achieve improvements in service quality and efficiency through consistent enhancements to the fleet. As such, the company will also add on to its fleet a brand new 10 Ton Boom Truck in the near future aiming to strengthen its project cargo logistics capabilities.

Aitken Spence Technologies commences Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Project for Aitken Spence Logistics

22 Jun

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Aitken Spence Technologies together with Aitken Spence Logistics – Sri Lanka’s leading integrated logistics provider has successfully initiated the commencement of R12 Oracle E-Business Suite modules to the Company’s Logistics facility in Mabole, Wattala on the 11th of June 2015.

The Oracle E-Business Suite modules include Warehouse Management, Service Contracts, Depot Repair, Enterprise Asset Management, Inventory, Purchasing and Receivables. The implementation of the R12 Oracle E-Business Suite enables Aitken Spence Logistics to adapt readily to their industry’s ever changing requirements, and enhance their customer satisfaction by providing tailor made solutions; while bringing greater efficiency through streamlined business processes.

Project Steering committee members, Project Managers and Oracle Consultants stated the key objective of the project were highlighted with the Automating of Container Tracking Function (Depot), Container Repair Function, Functions of the Container Freight Station and Asset Management Function. The deployment of system has allowed integrated solution which enables the company to rectify any errors and cater to the changing needs of Aitken Spence Logistics, increasing the customer satisfaction and retention.

Project commencement meeting was held at Aitken Spence Logistics premises with the presence of its project steering committee members; Vipula Gunatilleka Chief Corporate Officer – Aitken Spence Group Ltd & Managing Director – Aitken Spence Technologies, Nilantha Wakwella Managing Director – Aitken Spence Logistics, Dhammika Dasa Chief Operating Officer – Aitken Spence Technologies, A.M.M Amir Vice-President – Aitken Spence Logistics, Fahad Cader General Manager Aitken Spence Technologies, Sharmilal Anthony Assistant Vice-President – Aitken Spence Logistics and Chinthaka Abeykoon Manager for IT – Aitken Spence Logistics were present.

Ajith Ranatunge Audit Manager – Aitken Spence Logistics, Rifkhan Ahamed Senior Oracle Functional Consultant and Anas Marikkar Senior Oracle Functional Consultant were also present.

Aitken Spence Technologies and Aitken Spence Logistics arms of Aitken Spence PLC – Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities has operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South Pacific. It is an industry leader in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics, power generation and printing, with a significant presence in plantations, financial services, insurance, information technology and apparel.

The project is scheduled to go live in January 2016, bringing about efficiencies through optimum usage of Oracle E-Business Suite and further complement its integrated logistics solutions.

Aitken Spence Logistics opens its new Container Repair and Rigging Facility

23 May

Aitken Spence Logistics further strengthened its service portfolio by opening its new, state-of–the-art container repair and rigging facility at the Aitken Spence Inland Container Terminal located in Mabole, Wattala recently.

The new container repair and rigging facility was declared open by Mr. J M S Brito Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC together with Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Chairman of Aitken Spence Maritime and Director Aitken Spence PLC with the presence of Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena, Director of Aitken Spence PLC, Mr. Nilantha Wakwella, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Logistics and several Directors of Aitken Spence.

Dedicated to catering to the new era of container conversions and repair services – the 24×7 operated, all-weather and under shed facility boasts of high quality standards by handling heavy repairs of containers, GOH conversions and container washing. The EDI and CEDEX computerized information systems in the facility provides instant reports on container history and repair details, repair statistics, estimates as well as projections for future bookings.

“Having pioneered the concept of logistics in Sri Lanka, we will continue to provide demand chain management solutions” noted Dr. Dissanayake, at the ceremony.

Aitken Spence is Sri Lanka’s largest logistics operator with a longstanding track record of superior performance and pioneering services covering the whole gamut of logistic operations from container handling, cargo, courier and supply chain management. Its maritime services arm represents leading shipping lines and manages container terminal operations in the Africa and the Pacific.

With its future developments in mind, Aitken Spence Logistics intends to provide, high quality repairs of Reefer Containers, pre-trip inspections and monitoring.

Logistics Opening - Group Photo

Aitken Spence Logistics is a subsidiary of Aitken Spence PLC which is among Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983, Aitken Spence has major interests in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics and power generation. The group also has a significant presence in plantations, printing, financial services, insurance, information technology and garments.