Lanka Shipping & Logistics (LSL) is gearing up for its 10th anniversary celebrations in 2020. Founded by well-known maritime business leader, Saliya Senanayake, his wife Charmaine Senanayake and son Ananda Senanayake, LSL has had from its inception LSL three key divisions – freight forwarding, logistics and ship agency.
Since 2010, the ship agency business has gone from strength to strength and has made history by being the only 100% Sri Lankan company to work with foreign navies to represent them in Sri Lanka, carrying out a range of shipping related, supplies and end-to-end logistics functions. Saliya says, “This scope of work has traditionally been awarded to local agencies with foreign principals behind them. However, we have broken the shackles of this dominancy and have turned a new page in this business.”
Last year LSL achieved an important milestone, by winning the contract to represent and work with the US Navy in Trincomalee. Since then, LSL has more recently won contracts to work with three Russian navy ships which called at the ECT terminal at the Port of Colombo. Then this March saw by far the largest ever foreign navy call in Sri Lanka when four Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships called at Trincomalee and two more at Colombo. Saliya adds, “LSL rose to the challenge yet again and won the bid to represent the RAN ships as agent and logistics services supplier. Not stopping there, we have now been appointed as the logistics services supplier and coordinator of the Australian Defense Services, Joint Task Force (JTF) in Sri Lanka. Without blowing our own trumpet, we can easily be said to be one of the fastest growing companies in the ship agency sector and there is no doubt we are able to compete with global company representations in the country with a set-up which is truly Sri Lankan.”