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‘JCT concludes exemplary performance over 2022 financial year’



Jaya Container Terminals Limited (JCT Limited), is a fully owned subsidiary of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Since 2008, its primary business has been to store marine fuel, including Low Sulphur Fuel (LSF) and Marine Gas Oil (MGO) for seagoing vessels. The facility spans over 9 acres and initially consisted of 13 fuel tanks with the capability to store a capacity of 35,000 MT of marine fuel.

JCT has seen phenomenal growth and turnover in the recent past, despite the fuel crisis that prevailed in Sri Lanka. This is largely due to the fact that JCT was able to provide Marine Gas Oil to various segments of the private sector that required fuel for their daily operations. This included the garment industry, the tourism industry and much more. The provision of MGO to these sectors was an additional service provided by JCT, that resulted in an exponential increase in revenue and profit.

Another significant contributor to the company’s forward march was its ability to transform from High Sulphur Fuel to Low Sulphur Fuel. This occurred in 2020, due to a requirement from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to accommodate only LSFO. However, JCT was able to accommodate High Sulphur Fuel also if required. This also added significantly to the income that was reflected in the year 2022.

Lakmal Ratnayake, Chairman of Jaya Container Terminals shared his thoughts “It is fantastic to see the JCT reach such phenomenal heights in terms of revenue and profit. However, it is only right to acknowledge those who supported us throughout this journey. I would like to thank the Honourable Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation, Mr. K.D.S Ruwanchandra, the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Aviation, Mr. Keith D. Bernard, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, and the other SLPA officials for their support.”

He added, “I would also like to thank all our partners, stakeholders, and staff, as it is because of them, and their invaluable support and contributions, that JCT has become the success that it is today. I hope the future holds even more success for us all”.

JCT’s reached unprecedented heights as it accumulated a 275% increase in profits in 2022. This was due to an unprecedented earning of Rs. 608 million in revenue for 2022, which is a 104% increase from the year 2021 and a 180% increase from 2020. The fluctuating currency exchange rates also played a role in the increase of the profits, adding 40% to it. This revenue has a significant impact on the country’s economy, as the Colombo Port plays a direct and integral role in it. A plethora of JCT’s clientele also play a significant role in the provision of fuel for the ships that visit the port, which is in turn a vital service for the Colombo Port.

Ranjith Maligaspe, Managing Director of Jaya Container Terminals, also shared his comments “It is great to see the company reach these incredible heights, especially in the midst of these most challenging of circumstances. I would like to thank each, and every entity involved in generating this success, and hope that it sets a foundation for greater success in the future.”

The company is now in the process of enhancing its storage capacity in order to facilitate larger volumes of fuel at a lower cost. This will also allow JCT’s customers to distribute fuel at a lower cost, which in turn is an advantage to the Port of Colombo as it can provide competitive prices for those who require marine fuel. By the end of 2021, the JCT had constructed an additional 3200 MT capacity tank, which was opened in 2022. There are plans that have been set in motion to install even more tanks in the future. Additionally, a brand-new fire safety system was also introduced as a safety measure.

The JCT is currently conducting comprehensive studies of the markets in the region to gain an understanding of how they can improve their services in the future. Globally, it has been observed that there is a transition from Liquid Petroleum Gas to Liquid Natural Gas and studies are conducted to assess the feasibility of such transition in the future at the Colombo port. These developments could lead to the storage and distribution of even larger volumes of marine fuel.

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Venora Lanka Power Panels to set up assembly plant in Australia



Sagara Gunawardene

By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Sri Lanka- based, export- oriented manufacturer, Venora Lanka Power Panels (Pvt) Ltd, with a state of the art electric panel factory at the Export Processing Zone, Biyagama, will set up an assembly plant in Australia.

“Once we set up the electric panel assembly plant in Australia, we will export all our panels from Sri Lanka and that plant will do 30 percent value addition to the product to supply that market, the company’s chairman/ Managing Director, engineer Sagara Gunawardena told The Island Financial Review.

Gunawardena said that the company is a value- addition assembly plant and he would be investing AUS $ 2 million for the project to be set up in Melbourne and hire 100 engineers and other professionals. He explained that the venture has enormous potential.

Venora Lanka provides power panels to mega projects in Sri Lanka and exports to Bangladesh, Maldives, Kenya, Ethiopia, Seychelles and Myanmar. Panel assembling is strictly in compliance with IEC 61439 standards, it was explained.

Gunawardena added: ‘I firmly believe that, being a truly customer focused organization, every employee and every process in the organization has to be aligned behind delighting customers. Therefore, at a time when the country is facing a major dollar crisis, my company would be aiming at bringing dollars into the country, while providing employment for local professionals, especially engineers.

‘At Venora Lanka we do not try to change customers’ mindsets. Instead, we take time to understand what they really want and focus our brand on delivering that. Venora is values- driven first and cost- driven second – creating a unique brand proposition.

‘Since the US dollar rate has come down, it is our concern that importers and suppliers do not change their prices, which is really affecting the manufacturing sector.

Company sources added: ‘The company has several wings of operation, such as local and overseas projects, switch board assembling, telecommunication infrastructure installations, earthing, lighting and surge protection, incorporating world renowned brands.

‘Venora Lanka Power Panels is the first Sri Lankan company to receive the licence, in accordance with the UK Trade Mark Act 1994, to use the trade mark “Best Enterprise”. It won a global award at the event, ‘Golden Awards for Quality and Business Prestige’, held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2015.

‘Within a short span of time, with the perfect blend of progressive thinking and expertise, Venora Group has expanded to consist of, Venora International Projects, Venora Telecom, Venora Industrial Solutions and Venora Lanka Power Panels (BOI approved). Further, Venora has established its overseas presence through Venora Engineering Kenya and Venora Engineering Myanmar.’

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Share market moves into positive territory; indices up



By Hiran H. Senewiratne

CSE trading got off to a positive note yesterday but during the last session of the day the momentum slowed. However, the market is now moving towards positive territory following the Central Bank announcement of a downward trend in interest rates, market analysts said.

Amid those developments the market witnesses improvements in both indices and in the turnover.

The All- Share Price Index up by 12.8 points and S and P SL 20 rose by 6.97 points. Turnover stood at Rs 710 million with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH which crossed 430,000 shares to the tune of Rs 60.2 million; its shares traded at Rs 140.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; JKH Rs 212 million (1.5 million shares traded), Access Engineering Rs 44.7 million ( three million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 34.5 million (264,000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 28.6 million (5.3 million shares traded), LOLC Finance Rs 23.8 million (4.7 million shares traded), Capital Alliance Rs 22.9 million (615,000 shares traded) and First Capital Holdings Rs 19.2 million (574,000 shares traded). During the day the 31.4 million shares volumes changed hands in 9000 transactions.

Yesterday, the Central Bank’s US dollar buying rate was Rs 285.16 and the selling rate Rs 298.85.

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Ceylinco Life appoints new COO and Deputy COO to strengthen leadership pipeline



Ceylinco Life's COO Ranga Abeynayake (left) and Deputy COO Samitha Hemachandra.

Ceylinco Life has announced the appointments of Ranga Abeynayake and Samitha Hemachandra as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer respectively, following the creation of the two positions as part of the Company’s leadership pipeline for the next decade and beyond.

Abeynayake has been with Ceylinco Life for 25 years and is an Executive Director and the Company’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer, while Hemachandra has been with the Company for 23 years and is the General Manager – Marketing.

“These appointments add further strength and depth to the management structure and look at our leadership requirements for the next 10 to 15 years,” Ceylinco Life Chairman R. Renganathan said. “Transparent and long-term succession planning is extremely important in the financial services sector, ensuring seamless continuity and consistency for all stakeholders.”

Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO Thushara Ranasinghe added: “Ranga Abeynayake and Samitha Hemachandra have been part of the management team that achieved market leadership for Ceylinco Life in 2004 and maintained that leadership to this date, unbroken for 19 years. They represent the core values and the vision and mission of the Company, and will be fully supported by the Board of Directors and the management team as they are groomed for key leadership positions.”

A Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, Ranga Abeynayake counts over 25 years of experience in handling key management positions in the areas of Finance, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Treasury Management and Project Planning. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Abeynayake previously served as Chairman/Non-Executive Director of Citizens Development Business Finance PLC., and currently serves as a Non-executive Director of Ceylinco Insurance PLC and as a Director of Serene Resorts Limited.

A Fellow (FCIM) and Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) – UK, and of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) – Australia, Mr Samitha Hemachandra counts over 20 years of work experience in Brand Management, Customer Relationship Management, Marketing Management and Strategic Planning. He has been directly involved in designing, developing and implementing many integrated marketing campaigns for Ceylinco Life. Mr Hemachandra holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Sydney – Australia. He is a past Chairman of the Marketing and Sales Forum of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL) and has been a member of the judging panel of the SLIM Brand Excellence awards for many years.

He is currently a Director of Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd., and a Non-executive Director of Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB), which are subsidiary and associate companies of Ceylinco Life.

Adjudged Sri Lanka’s ‘Brand of the Year’ and ‘Service Brand of the Year’ by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and ‘Best Life Insurer in Sri Lanka’ by World Finance for the ninth consecutive year in 2022, Ceylinco Life was conferred the ‘Peoples Life Insurance Service Provider of the Year’ title at 2023 SLIM Kantar Peoples Awards for the 17th consecutive year. Ceylinco Life has been the country’s leading life insurer for more than half of the 35 years it has been in existence. The Company was also ranked the ‘Most Valuable Life Insurance Brand in Sri Lanka’ by Brand Finance and certified a ‘Great Workplace’ in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year in 2022. Ceylinco Life has close to a million lives covered by active policies and provides innovative life insurance solutions which offer protection while de-risking the goals and ambitions of the Company’s policyholders.

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