02-08-2021Hayleys Advantis Group congratulates the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) for 42 years of excellence in managing a vital component of the domestic shipping industry and helping to transform the country and the economy to face new challenges and opportunities of the future. Since its beginning in 1979, the SLPA has undertaken the management of and development of seven strategic ports around the country, in Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, Kankesanthurai, Oluvil, Point Pedro and Trincomalee. Throughout the years, the SLPA has introduced several novel and timely measures which have significantly enhanced the value of services offered by Sri Lankan ports, particularly the Port of Colombo, which has made Sri Lanka an attractive hub for global shipping services. The establishment of the SLPA heralded an era of transformation and rapid growth, spearheaded by the arrival of world-renowned shipping lines to Sri Lanka. Today, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ has cemented herself as an international shipping hub, bringing growth and recognition amidst global power-houses in the maritime sector. This is evident by the accolade placed upon Sri Lanka by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), naming the Port of Colombo as the 18th Best-Connected Port in the World in their Port Liner Shipping Connectivity Index. In 1958, Hayleys Advantis emerged as the shipping division of the Hayleys Group. The implementation of the Licensing of Shipping Agents Act No. 10 of 1972 resulted in the formation of the agency business segment within the Hayleys shipping division. The progressive policies and the development of infrastructure introduced by SLPA during the 1980s and 1990s created opportunities for Hayleys Advantis to attract eminent shipping lines to the country. With over 60 years of industry experience and transformative growth, Hayleys Advantis, together with the SLPA, have contributed significantly to the advancement of the shipping and maritime industry in Sri Lanka. There is great potential for the shipping sector to contribute further towards the development of the country. Driven by its ‘Purpose to Inspire, Connect and Enrich,’ Hayleys Advantis believes in supporting the SLPA’s plans to convert Sri Lanka into a maritime hub through mutual cooperation and collaboration. Working together, Sri Lanka can go beyond! Hayleys Advantis is Sri Lanka’s most diversified transportation and logistics provider with six decades of experience and operations spread across the Asian region. Backed by the blue-chip multinational conglomerate Hayleys PLC, Hayleys Advantis is at the forefront of the logistics industry providing end-to-end solutions covering air, land and sea. It is committed towards being an innovator in the industry, setting the pace and shaping the logistics category.