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YoungShip Sri Lanka hosts Panel discussion on maritime issues

YoungShip Sri Lanka being the voice of the youth in the Maritime Industry and having the ambition to drive a better and improved tomorrow decided to conduct a Panel discussion to look into the major issues faced by the maritime industry.

The Maritime industry too has not been spared and has been forced to embrace change. Therefore looking at some of the challenges faced within the industry, a panel discussion on “New Normal in Shipping, Are Current Shipping Trends here to stay” was conducted.

This discussion included an esteemed panel comprising of elite personalities who are at the height of their respective careers bringing to the table a wealth of diverse knowledge from their respective fields.

The distinctiveness of this forum was the participation of key officials holding senior positions in each of the main shipping & logistics associations in Sri Lanka, being hosted together at an insightful discussion for the first time.

The panel comprised of Iqram Cuttilan – Chairman -CASA, Shamal Perera – Chairman – SLAVO, Roshan Silva – Chairman – SLAFFA, Imalka Kumarapeli Vice-Chairman - Shippers Council, Harsha De Silva – Chairman- SLANA and Moderated by Navin Perera - YoungShip Sri Lanka Patron.

The pandemic has brought along its unique problems and challenges. There were many questions posed on whether Sri Lanka was attractive to shipping lines, whether the port of Colombo was indeed congested, the ability of importers and exporters to obtain space, the equipment availability and whether local exporters were losing out market share to other competing countries in the region due to a shortage of space just to name a few. Covering these topics and hearing the perspective of the Shippers, Vessel operators, freight forwarders, NVOCC operators and CASA made the discussion truly unique.

Youngship has taken a big step to be one of the first associations in the industry to address this current topic amongst a forum of panellists heading key associations in Sri Lanka and launching the discussion on social media making the knowledge widely accessible to the shipping fraternity as well as the general public.

YoungShip Sri Lanka is a part of YoungShip International which was formed to be the voice for young people in the maritime industry. YoungShip core objectives are to promote young entrepreneurs and the other is to drive companies to promote and inculcate value for the growth of young professionals. Headquartered in Norway, YoungShip is present in 18 countries with a membership of over 3000.

The full discussion can be found at

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